Turn the clock back to 2007. Rihanna’s Umbrella was dominating the charts, Harry Potter was still at Hogwarts and Americans didn’t think they could ever have a more embarrassing President than current incumbent George W. Bush. It was also the year of the very first iPhone, revolutionising the way we interact with our phones forever.
To mark the ten-year anniversary, Apple has unveiled the new iPhone X. Presented to the world by Apple chief executive Tim Cook in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday, the launch event also included the unveiling of the Apple 8, Apple 8 Plus and Apple watch 3. The big focus, though, was on the iPhone X, which must apparently be pronounced ‘iPhone Ten’. While there is something ironic about such a forward-thinking company as Apple using a numeric system developed in ancient Rome, the new iPhone X can be forgiven thanks to the innovative features and design it has brought to the table.
iPhone X Best Features
No Home button
The most striking thing about the iPhone X is the lack of a Home button, which frees up space for the screen to run virtually the entire length of the handset. While some users may be suspicious about losing such an important button after a decade, the iPhone X simply requires you to swipe up from the bottom or just tap the screen to control the phone. Several other functions, such as activating Siri, have been relocated to the lock switch.
The other standout feature of the iPhone X is the use of a facial identification system instead of Touch ID. Utilising an infrared camera and advanced sensors, you can now unlock your phone, pay for services and products or log into apps just by holding the phone up to your face. It works in the dark and has been extensively tested to ensure the system cannot be fooled by masks or photos.
The new model comes with wireless charging, so instead of using a cable, you can use a new charging pad known as the AirPower, which can energise multiple devices at once. The AirPower is scheduled for release next year, but in the meantime, the iPhone X will work with existing Qi chargers.
Processor & Battery
Anyone who feels frustrated by how quickly their battery drains will be pleased to hear that the new iPhone X should last for two more hours than the iPhone 7, while it also recharges more quickly than other devices. Set the charge going at the start of a 30-minute TV show and it will be boosted by 50% at the end. Also, the iPhone X comes with a choice of 2 storage options – 64GB of storage and 256GB.
As iPhone users prepare for the imminent iOS 11 update, anyone who buys the iPhone X will be able to enjoy peer-to-peer Apple Pay and a redesigned Control Centre.
The iPhone X will also feature a redesigned 12MP dual-lens camera, kitted out for augmented reality. The telephoto lens also has optical image stabilisation, compensating for those shaky hands of yours, so that any photo will be blur-free. The wider aperture allows you to capture what Apple terms ‘deep pixels’ and will make the photos appear crystal clear.
True Depth Camera
The TrueDepth camera is what you will use for selfies and is a step up on anything you have previously seen from Apple. A 7MP front-facing camera, it adds Portrait Mode to your photos so that you can get a sense of depth to your selfies and a cool blur in the background. Face-mapping dot sensors, an infrared camera and proximity sensor are also packed into the TrueDepth camera.
iPhone X Design
It has long been a dream of Apple’s chief designer Sir Jony Ive to have an edge-to-edge screen that looks like a single sheet of glass, and the new device is a stunning realisation of his vision. This ‘Super Retina’ display has a 5.8-inch OLED edge. While it does not have the curved screen sides like Samsung’s phones, the resolution has been notched up to 2436 x 1125 pixels, resulting in a Quad HD+ picture.
While the iPhone X comes with a bigger display than the iPhone Plus phones, it is slightly smaller and therefore easier to hold in one hand. It remains water resistant and is available in two colours – labelled Space Gray and Silver.
iPhone X Release date
The iPhone X will be released on Friday 3rd November in most countries, including the US and the UK. This is later than the normal release date for iPhones of September, and pre-orders will not start until Friday 27th October, with supply expected to be very limited at the outset.
iPhone X Prices
The iPhone X is new, innovative and stuffed will special features, so it is going to cost a bit. The price of the 64GB model will be $999 in the US and £999 in the UK, making it the most expensive iPhone yet. The 256GB version will be priced at $1,149 in the US and £1,149 in the UK.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were also unveiled at this week’s big launch event. They ‘improve on everything we love about the iPhone’, according to Apple executive Phil Schiller, and will be released much sooner than the iPhone X. Coming later this month, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will use glass which is claimed to be more durable than any previous smartphone, as well as wireless charging and a host of other exciting features.
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