1Advanced iPhone X Design Holds Spotlight at Steve Jobs Theater Debut
For the first time ever on Sept. 12, Apple hosted an iPhone unveiling at the Steve Jobs Theater inside its Apple Park headquarters where the mobile device maker’s latest high-end handset, the iPhone X held the spotlight. Apple also announced the new iPhone 8 line as expected and introduced the new Apple Watch Series 3. But with a fresh design, new screen technology the iPhone X might be the most impressive smartphone Apple has ever introduced. But with a high price tag and some real questions about how reliably its new Face ID technology, we’ll have to see how well it performs when people start using it. Read on to learn more about the new iPhone X, and why Apple is calling it the future not only of iPhones, but smartphone technology:
2iPhone X Has Revamped Design
Apple’s iPhone X has a completely revamped design. It has a glass finish and a polished stainless steel spine. Its screen nearly entirely covers its face, but there’s a notch at the top of the display that houses its front-facing camera, sensors, and other components. Apple’s display design means there’s no physical home button on the handset.
3A New Screen Technology
4Touch ID Is Dead
5Long Live Face ID
Apple’s Face ID is a face-scanning feature that will be used to verify access to the iPhone X’s software, as well as make payments via Apple Pay. Face ID scans a person’s face in 3D to ensure accuracy and has been bolstered to ensure photographs and even masks of people can’t fake it. Face ID will be activated when a person is looking directly at the screen and won’t unlock the display when the user’s attention is elsewhere.
6There’s Plenty of Processing Power Inside
Like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X comes with Apple’s new A11 Bionic processor with 64-bit architecture. There’s also an embedded M11 motion coprocessor and a neural engine to handle complex tasks. Overall, Apple says that four cores inside the A11 Bionic are 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion. Two cores are up to 25 percent faster. The smartphone’s graphics performance will also deliver a substantial upgrade over last year’s iPhone 7 models.
7The Rear Cameras Look Nice
Although much of the camera attention went to the front-facing lens in the iPhone X, the rear-facing cameras are equally impressive. They come with 12-megapixel sensors and both support optical image stabilization for better overall picture quality. The cameras should also deliver what Apple calls “studio-quality lighting effects” and offer impressive zoom capability. The cameras can also record video in 4K.
8This Smartphone Will Run iOS 11
No surprise here, but Apple has confirmed that the iPhone X will run on the company’s upcoming mobile operating system iOS 11. The operating system comes with several design enhancements and some improvements to how notifications are handled. Most importantly, the iPhone X version comes with some gesture modifications, like the ability to access multitasking features with a swipe-up gesture. Control Center is now accessible via a swipe-down gesture. That’s all due to the fact that iPhone X no long has a physical home button, which was used to quickly switch between apps.
9iPhone X Wireless Charging Supports Qi Standard
The iPhone X supports wireless charging via the Qi standard. That means the majority of third-party charging accessories available now should work just fine with Apple’s iPhone X. The handset will also support the Apple AirPower charging pad, which is slated to be released next year. Apple’s AirPower will support multiple Apple devices that can all be charged at the same time, including the Apple Watch Series 3 and AirPods wireless earbuds.
10Apple Stands by Face ID Reliability
With no fingerprint sensor offered in the iPhone X, some might be wondering how secure Apple’s new handset is. According to Apple, Touch ID could have been duped in 1 in 50,000 attempts. The company’s new Face ID, however, is duped in 1 in 1,000,000 fraudulent attempts. Apple has also bolstered iOS 11’s security for additional data protection.
11As Expected iPhone X Most Expensive Model Ever
As predicted, Apple’s iPhone X has a whopping $999 starting price. The 256GB model will set customers back $1,149. Those devices, then, are the most expensive iPhones ever offered. Apple will begin taking iPhone X pre-orders on Oct. 27 and will start selling the device on Nov. 3.