On September 12, 2017, Tim Cook revealed one of the most anticipated products that Apple has ever released: the iPhone X (read: iPhone Ten). The hype that had been building up over the new phone was astronomical, with new rumors every day and a massive pre-launch leak that gave us a good idea of what the phone would look like. Let’s take a closer look at the phone and what it has to offer.
One of the most noticeable new features of the phone is its large, thin bezel display. With a jet-black OLED screen, the iPhone looks sleek, smart, and classy. The screen is 5.8” and has a resolution of 2436 x 1125, with a pixel density of around 460ppi, leading Apple to dub it the “Super Retina” display. Along with the new screen is a larger battery, as well as a dual 12-megapixel rear camera (which has received a new vertical alignment). The TrueDepth camera on the front supports Portrait mode to customize your selfies, as well as add some custom lighting effects to the photos post-snap.
Another distinctive feature of the new iPhone is its lack of a home button. Throughout the years of iPhone manufacturing, everything has been modified except the home button. Now, there is a small bar at the bottom of the screen that can be controlled using touch gestures to mimic the effects of the missing home button. How, then, should the phone be unlocked? The absence of a home button also means that there is no touch sensor. Instead, a TrueDepth camera with a new technology dubbed “Face ID” is used to unlock the phone. Just as the name would suggest, Apple has developed a fast and secure method to unlock your phone with your face. It works by memorizing small focus points all over your face and matching them to the correct user. The camera is expected to be more accurate than Touch ID and has a depth sensor to detect real faces as well as a floodlight to unlock your phone in low-light situations.
Another exciting feature is water-resistance for rain support and the ability to snap pictures of pouring rain. The iPhone X also supports Qi wireless charging, that will soon come in a pad that can charge AirPods, AppleWatches, and iPhones simultaneously. It is expected to charge a lot faster than previous iPhone models, and last 2 hours longer than the iPhone 7.
Along with all these new innovative features come a hefty price tag: the 64GB costs $999, and the larger 128GB version costs $1149. Colors include space gray or silver, and preorders begin on October 27. However, for those devoted Apple fanatics out there, this phone is definitely worth every penny.
This article was written by writer Aniket Kapadia.