Last September 12, 2017, Apple announced the iPhone X. “For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realization of that vision,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer according to their press release. “With the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionized the mobile phone with Multi-Touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone — one in which the device disappears into the experience.”
So, what does this new smartphone have in store for us?
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The iPhone X has a brand new design far different from the previous iPhones. It’s has an all-glass, 5.8 inch Super Retina display. Apple says that it has a deeper strengthening layer in the glass which makes it the “most durable in a smartphone.” With this new design, the iPhone X is sealed for water and dust resistance. The phone is made from surgical-grade, stainless steel which comes in space gray and silver.
Just like other smartphone brands, the iPhone X offers an edge-to-edge 5.8 inch display. It also offers OLED display or what they call Super Retina Display, for the very first time. This technology will bring more accurate colors, better image uniformity across the screen, and other standard benefits of OLED displays.
The display is capable of supporting 2046×1125 resolution, with 455 PPI and HDR in Dolby Vision and HDR.
The users can wake up their devices by picking it up or swiping across any part of the screen. If you want to close an app, all you have to do is swipe up on the screen and throw. Users can also call for Siri by saying “Hey Siri” or pressing the side button.
This iPhone will be the first one that won’t have a home button, and since that button was essential for iPhone’s security. Apple replaced it with a depth-sensing front camera that can unlock the phone by detecting the user’s face. They call this FaceID. This allows the iPhone to know what your face looks like from all angles. This feature can also be used for Apple Pay, as well as a new feature called Animojis for messaging. Animojis use the FaceID to connect your facial expressions into emojis.
The iPhone X’s rear camera features a 12 megapixels sensor, with dual lenses at f1.8 and f2.4 apertures. It is equipped with dual-image OIS quad TrueTone flash. Apple also introduces a new Portrait lighting, that lets users select their lighting effects. They aren’t filters, but a real-time analysis of lighting that hits the subject’s face. This is possible because of the new A11 Bionic and enhanced camera.
Videos can be captured at 60FPS in low-light mode, and has a faster frame rate support and 4k capture. Slo-mo videos that are shot in 1080p will have 240FPS.
The front camera is powered by the True Depth camera system that supports FaceID.
The iPhone X comes with wireless charging capabilities. The battery life is now two hours longer than the iPhone 7. The wireless charging comes also with a new accessory called AirPower. It’s a wider mat that allows users to charge their iPhones, Apple Watch and AirPods all the same time.
The iPhone X starts at $999 for the 64GB model, and has a 256GB option. The preorders will begin by October 27, and the regular sales will begin by November 3.