After ten years of existence, apple is celebrating its tenth anniversary of iPhone innovation in style and with its own unique fashion by launching iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus.
And with what comes as a bonus, as Tim Cook promised, “there will be more” comes iPhone X, which by the look of things, it is the mother of all the iPhones Apple has had to surprise us with.
So, what is it about this iPhone X, beside it not armed with a home button?
Like the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus, iPhone X has ditched bezels and instead opted for a glass to both front and back.
Giving you a chance to thank the new design because as the Apple says, the glass has a deeper strengthening layer that makes it the “most durable in a smartphone”.
Making it waterproof and dust resistance.
The glass is made from surgical-grade, stainless steel and comes in two finishes: space gray and silver.
Now that iPhone X has ditched bezels, it has offered a 5.8-inch OLED screen, which fills the entire front of the device edge-to-edge supporting 2046 x 1125 resolution, with 455 PPI, and HDR in both Dolby Vision and HDR.
The very first time Apple has offered an OLED display, calling it the Super Retina Display.
It brings with it all the standard benefits of OLED, including more accurate colors, better image uniformity across the screen and so on.
Given that now iPhone X has done away with the home button that has historically been central to the iPhone’s security, the replacement comes in the form of a depth – sensing front camera that will unlock the phone by detecting the user’s face.
Apple is calling it the face ID.
So, just by looking at your iPhone X, whether it is lying on a table or jammed in your palm, the phone can detect your face and unlock itself even if you are “Wearing glasses, a hat, or doing it up any way you want to do it…” says Phil Schiller.
What is even more surprising is, the feature shouldn’t be susceptible to trickery, such as unlocking for a two-dimensional photo of you instead of the real thing. Apple says the chances that someone can trick FaceID and break into your phone are one in a million.
FaceID is enabled by a True Depth camera system, equipped with an infrared camera, flood illuminator, dot projector and more all packed into the top of your iPhone.
The feature is used for Apple Pay now, as well as a new feature called Animojis for messaging. Animojis use FaceID to lay your facial expressions into emojis, giving them your own unique take.
When it comes to cameras, iPhone X has left nothing to chance, it is loaded and locked as one can get. The rear camera features a 12-megapixel sensor, with dual-lenses at f2.4 apertures (which is brighter than the 7 plus telephoto). It comes with dual-image OIS quad-LED True Tone flash.
And because of the combination of the new A11 Bionic and the enhanced camera, Apple is introducing a new Portrait Lighting, letting users select their lighting effects, which by the way, aren’t filters but rather a real-time analysis of the light hitting the subject’s face.
These lighting effects can be added before and after the photo is taken.
Video, too, is vastly improved. Combined with that A11 processor, video can be captured at 60FPS in low-light mode, with faster frame rate support and 4k capture. Slo-mo videos shot in 1080p will have 240FPS.
The front-facing camera is powered by the True Depth camera system that supports FaceID. But, the good news here is that, Portrait lighting are now available on the front-facing camera.
IPhone X comes with wireless charging capabilities which is enabled by the new glass back. Wireless charging is supported by Qi, which is considered as the standard in the wireless charging industry.
Another thing is that, its battery life is two hours longer compared to iPhone 7, with most of the improvement coming by way of software enhancements.
The wireless charging on the new iPhones is coming with a new accessory called Airpower. It’s a larger mat that lets users charge their iPhones, Apple Watch and Airpods all at the same time.
The iPhone X is packed with the new A11 Bionic processor: 64-bit design, six cores, two high-performance processor that are 25 percent faster than the A10 and four high-efficiency cores (two more than the A10) that are 70 percent faster. The GPU is 30 percent faster.
The iPhone X starts at $999 for the 64GB, with a larger 256GB option. Pre-orders begin on October 27 and regular sales begin November 3.