Apple’s highly anticipated tenth anniversary iPhone is finally official. After months of leaks rumors and unprecedented hype, the company has finally unveiled the iPhone X – the most radical update to the iPhone line-up yet. At the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino, Apple showcased the iPhone X’s radical bezel-less design, Face ID, TrueTone OLED display and wireless charging.
The last time Apple completely overhauled the iPhone’s design was with the iPhone 6 in 2013. Four years later, Apple has finally revamped the iPhone’s design and what a revamp it is. The iPhone X looks absolutely stunning with its expansive 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display, polished stainless steel frame and glass on the front and back.
The biggest victim of this bezel-less redesign is the iPhone’s iconic home button which has disappeared in the iPhone X. The smartphone is also water and dust resistant at a microscopic level. It will be available in two colours at launch – Space Gray and Silver.
The iPhone X also comes with a new tap to wake feature. The side button has now been made larger and can be now be depressed to talk to Siri. In iPhone X, you can swipe up for other apps, similar to iOS 11 on the iPad.
The display itself is a 5.8-inch OLED panel. Apple calls the display a ‘Super Retina’ display. The super retina display supports HDR 10, Dolby Vision and comes with a million-to-one contrast ratio. Apple claims it offers great contrast, high resolution, wide color support and accurate colours.
The display also comes with Apple’s TrueTone technology which was first seen in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The True Tone display changes its colour temperature and hue depending on the surroundings in order to reduce eye strain.
One of the biggest talking points of the iPhone X is the presence of 3D face recognition and the absence of Touch ID. Apple calls this technology Face ID. Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor has been a staple of the iPhone line-up ever since it was introduced in the iPhone 5s back in 2013.
Face ID uses what Apple calls a TrueDepth camera system. Every time you glance at the iPhone 8, it detects your face, even when it is dark thanks to the Flood Illuminator. How does Face ID work? A dot projector puts out thousands of invisible IR dots. Then, an infrared sensor on board checks these dots to see if there’s a match.
Face ID is powered by an A11 Neural Bionic Engine which has a dual-core design and can perform 600 billion operations in a second. Apple claims that Face ID learns your face – it will work even if you put on glasses, grow a beard or get a different hairstyle.
Apple also went so far as to say that the company has worked hard to ensure Face ID will not be fooled by photographs or the like. Face data is protected in a secure enclave on the A11 chip.
Apple claims that the chances of someone else unlocking your phone is 1 in 50,000. The company joked that only an evil twin will be able to unlock the phone without your presence. Face ID can also be used to authenticate Apple Pay payments and open other third-party apps
Another fun use for third party apps is customisable animated emojis. Apple calles these Animojis. These can be controlled with your face – they trap more than 50 facial movements. There are a dozen Animojis on offer with the iPhone X at the moment.
The iPhone X comes with two 12MP cameras at the rear with apertures of f/1.8 and f/2.4. Just like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, both sensors are optically stabilised. They come with a feature called Potrait Lighting which changes the lighting effect on photos. The smartphone also allows you to select the lighting effect by swiping through different options.
The Potrait Mode, which allows you to take images with depth of field effects, is also present on the iPhone X. On the front, there is a TrueDepth camera that allows you to take better selfies. For the first time in an iPhone, the Potrait Mode is available in the front camera as well. For kicks, Apple has also added the new Potrait Lighting feature in the front sensor.
Just like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X is powered by the A11 Bionic chipset, which Apple claims the is the smartest chip ever in a smartphone. It has two high performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. Apple says that the chipset is up to 70 percent faster than the A10. The smartphone also come with an all new Apple designed GPU that is up to 30 percent faster than the one found on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. On the battery front, Apple claims the iPhone X lasts 2 hours more than the iPhone 7 on average.
The iPhone X also supports wireless charging through the Qi wireless charging standard. Apple also introduced a new accessory called the AirPower charger through which you can charge the iPhone X, Apple Watch and the AirPods (through a wireless charging case). The charger uses a new wireless charging standard also called AirPower.
The iPhone X will set you back 999 dollars for the variant with 64GB of internal storage. There is also another variant on offer with 256GB of internal storage. The smartphone is set to go on sale on November 3, with orders starting from October 27.