In less than a year, the $1,000 phone has become entirely normal

From Vlad Savov's article on The Verge:

Three or four years ago, anyone proposing a four-figure price for a phone would have been laughed out of their boardroom meeting. Two years ago, if I’d told you Apple would be successfully selling a phone with a notch in its screen but no headphone jack, at a price of $999, you’d have shaken your head and accused me of wilder wishful thinking than Gene Munster’s Apple TV pipe dream. And even at this time last year, I was busy writing a disbelieving meditation on the topic of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 and how it crossed past the $1,000 mark.
And yet, for all our preconceptions about what reasonable smartphone pricing is and should be, every phone that’s dared to nudge up to the $999 level and above has proven a success.

Using the frog-in-the-pot analogy, it took about a year for the water in the pot to reach the boiling stage of $1,000 for a new phone. We've allowed world-class marketing experts to penetrate our minds and create the reality that we need a phone that costs almost as much as a decent used car in our lives. 

It's time to look for alternatives. Time to look inward to explore just what we need a mobile phone for. Time to ask the tough questions internally, and time to act with common sense.

Police use dead man’s fingers to try to unlock his iPhone

From Sophos’ Naked Security blog:

Once somebody’s dead, they lose privacy interest in their own body, she said, which takes away their standing in court to assert privacy rights.

also:

In theory, Apple’s Face ID authentication is supposed to require eye movement to work. But...photos of open eyes work just fine.

Something to consider if you want to take your online privacy with you to the grave. PIN codes are your friend.