Expect a "Gate," But Don't Expect a Deal-Breaker
Every year we hear about some sort of "Gate" issue related to Apple's new iPhones.
Last year it was "SplitGate" where the chassis of a few iPhone 8 Plus models split open. The issue was presumably related to bloated batteries. The issue was limited to a few devices.
The year we had HissGate with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus where the devices would emit a weird hissing noise when the processor was put under intense strain. As we soon found out, it wasn't a huge issue.
These issues were real, but they impacted a very small portion of users. Most people (us included) didn't run into any of these problems.
Odds are people will find some issue with the iPhone XS, iPhone X Plus, or 6.1-inch LCD model and the media will run with it. Odds are also good the issue will be limited to a few users.
If you start hearing about a "gate" issue, do your homework and don't fall victim to paranoia.