Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple unveils the next generation and a step to future flagship iPhone device the iPhone X with the “X” being the roman numeral 10 so you’d say iPhone 10. It has been 10 years of continuing innovation that led the iPhone from a small 3.5-inch display and a single home button on the front. It was the iPhone that truly revolutionized the smartphone industry with cutting edge technologies. Years gone by and the iPhone with every iteration has been the gold standard for smartphones in the mobile industry.
Now 10 years later, the iPhone sees its first radical design, so radical that it took almost everything out from what the iPhone design is mostly familiar with. The iPhone X marks a major step forward into the future and will be the the primary reference for future generation iPhones.
The iPhone X debuts super AMOLED display on the iPhone which Apple dubbed Super Retina display’s and it’s a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen on the iPhone X. True to the edge-to-edge feature, Apple shaved off two prominent bezels on the iPhone and now everything on the front is almost entirely the display itself. It also marks the departure of the iconic Home button that lived for 9 years. With the Home button gone, Apple will now rely on gesture controls to work around the iPhone X.
The new handset is build on Metal and glass with the same sturdy glass lamination both on the front and back with a 7000-series aluminum frame and comes with an IP67 certification for water and dust proofing. But the main attraction on the new iPhone X is undoubtedly the 5.8-inch display and the noticeable cut-out from the top which houses a few and significantly innovative features. With that cut-out from the top of the display, the iPhone X has the finest display the Apple rolled out yet but has a very unusual resolution at 1,125 x 2,436px at 458 ppi with an 18:9 Aspect ratio.
Earlier rumors often referred the iPhone X as the iPhone 8 with a full front display while they were right with the display but they got it all wrong with how it’s going to be called. The information about the display gave rise to speculations that Apple would be ditching the Home button and it that it would reposition the fingerprint sensor somewhere else. It was also speculated the it would feature an in-display fingerprint reader but were later scrapped for some reasons.
With Apple not finding the best spot for the fingerprint sensor placement, the company ditch the feature altogether but settled for someone extraordinary. With the fingerprint sensor gone, Apple turns to Facial recognition which they are call FaceID and uses a flood illuminator together with a projector which maps 30,000 points of the subject’s face. Apple claims that the new Face ID is more secure than TouchID with a failure rate of 1,000,000:1 compared to the latter’s 50,000:1 as is the biometric authentication mechanism supported by Apple Pay. Unlike other facial recognition implementation from other manufacturers, Face ID can’t be fooled with Pictures however, Apple reminds us that in the case of identical twins, the system to mistakenly identify both individuals as the same.
Like the newly announced iPhone 8, the iPhone X is also powered by Apple’s latest A11 Bionic chipset with 2 performance cores that’s 25% faster and 4 high-efficiency cores with 70% improvements over the outgoing A10 Fusion chip. There’s also a neural engine capable of up to 600 billion operations per second. It comes with Apple designed 3-core GPU that’s 25% more faster than the A10 Fusion chip.
Now for photography, the iPhone X comes with the same hardware as the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 7 series with a twin 12 Megapixel sensors at the back. The main camera has an f/1.8 Aperture lens while the secondary telephoto lens has a f/2.4 Aperture lens and is supported by a quad-LED flash. Both sensors comes with Optical Image Stabilization and features 2x Optical Zoom and up to 10x digital zoom for photos and 6x zoom for videos. Finally, iPhone X can record 4K videos in 60fps and 1080p slow-motion video capture at 240fps.
The camera on the iPhone X support Portrait lighting mode with Depth-sensing thank scans the area of the face and automatically adjust the lighting in real-time. This feature is available both on the main camera and to its 7 Megapixel front-facing camera.
Perfect as it is, the iPhone X dual cameras plus the new technologies within the new A11 Bionic chip, the new handset supports Augmented Reality apps and games that utilizes Apple-built Metal 2 graphics software that enables console-style games on the phone plus Core ML that incorporate machine learning into apps bringing rich augmented reality experiences.
The iPhone X also comes with various new features including animoji that lets users customize animated emoji through actual animated facial expressions. Users can select from a number of predefined character heads and with Face ID, users can record their own emoji and send them to friends with either static or animated emojis complete with voice.
Seen as an improvement, Apple claims 2 more hours of battery life on the iPhone X compared to the iPhone 7 battery. For charging the device, Apple is introducing wireless charging to the latest iPhone 8 as well as with the iPhone X, both devices supports Qi wireless charging through Apple’s own AirPower wireless charging mats. With AirPower, users can simultaneously charge other wireless charging enabled devices such as the AirPod or the Apple Watch and have their charging status automatically shown on the iPhone X screen. Besides wireless charging, the iPhone X also supports fast charging capabilities which could charge the phone from 0% to 50% in 30 minutes.
Users can pre-order the new iPhone X starting on October 27th and will start shipping on November 3rd. Users can select between 64GB or the heftier 256GB storage variants and colors between Silver and Space Grey. As for the price, the iPhone X starts at $999.00 for the 64GB variant.