Apple has officially unveiled the iPhone X, its latest premium smartphone with more tech wizardry sure to delight the iPhone community, despite the high cost.
Release & Essentials
• Release: November 3rd, 2017
• Pre-orders: October 27th, 2017
• Price: 64GB - £999 / 256GB - £1,149
• Screen: 5.8-inch edge-to-edge 'Super Retina' display
A Full-Faced iPhone
The bezel at the top, bottom and sides of the phone have all been banished with the iPhone X embracing an edge-to-edge design, with no physical home button and a minimal sacrifice made only for the camera's intrusion on the screen where a slight notch exists. Otherwise the screen is virtually the entire front of the smartphone as they introduce Face ID for facial recognition security.
The lack of home button will take some getting used to for long-time iPhone users where it has existed since the first model, as it gets replaced by gesture-control to unlock and navigate the phone. Apple's TrueDepth camera system sports a 3D capable lens for its Face ID feature where they boast there's a 'one in a million' chance someone else could unlock your iPhone X - but watch out for sneaky identical siblings, presumably.
Several of the home button functions have been moved to the lock switch, reveals Apple.
Super Retina & Augmented Reality
The screen itself realises the dream of chief designer Sir Jony Ive who has wanted an iPhone that looked like a sheet of glass. The iPhone X is the closest ever to this dream with its 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display that supports a resolution of 2438x1125 with 458 pixels per inch and an OLED display.
This provides support for HDR display, Dolby Vision and HDR10, one million-to-one contrast ratio, colour accuracy, 3D Touch and True Tone display. Going hand-in-hand with this screen tech is the inclusion of augmented reality where you use the iPhone X's camera to 'project' objects into the video as if they were there in the physical world. You can superimpose virtual images, games and videos.
Snapchat addicts will enjoy the function of having their funny masks superimposed onto their faces more accurately thanks to the AR app support. Emojis are also 'given life' as they can be mapped to the facial muscles detected by the iPhone X so now you can be the talking disembodied head of a unicorn to your friends, just like you've always wanted. Take that invention of fire!
Smile For The Dual Camera
What's a smartphone without a camera these days? The iPhone X will follow on from the design of the iPhone 7 with a 12MP dual lens camera, which is what supports the new augmented reality apps. The 'selfie camera' comes in at 7MP and is equipped with 3D tracking for AR and the new facial Face ID system.
A new Portrait Lighting feature with the iPhone X provides 'machine learning' that creates facial landmarks and will enhance lighting effects on the face to help you produce images. Face ID makes use of this which incidentally supports Apple Pay.
Battery & Wireless Charging
The iPhone X employs the A11 bionic chip which is more powerful than the chipset found in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, and powers iOS 11. It also has better efficiency on the battery as it can extend life by an additional two hours over the iPhone 7. This is great news because all that extra camera tech comes at a cost especially if you intend to use AR frequently, as well as now relying more on touch screen interfacing.
You can forgo a tangled up power cable for your iPhone X should you opt for the wireless charging pad called AirPower that will be capable of supporting multiple Apple devices at once. The AirPower will be launched in 2018.
iPhone X releases November 3rd, 2017 with pre-orders beginning October 27th, 2017.