Apple has officially announced the new iPhone X to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. The new futuristic device features a gorgeous edge-to-edge True Tone Retina 5.8-inch display that Apple is calling Super Retina. It is powered by A11 Bionic Chip, same as the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The A11 Bionic chip has a 64-bit architecture, neural engine and embedded M11 motion coprocessor.
The main highlight of the iPhone X is its 5.8-inch display, which is an OLED screen capable of providing true blacks, stunning colors, high brightness and 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio. It carries a resolution of 2436-by-1125-pixel. On the front there’s a camera notch that houses the sensors and front camera. The same front selfie camera is used for Face ID, which is Apple’s sophisticated technology that allows users to unlock their iPhones with a facial scan. iPhone X has dual 12-megapixel cameras that have been designed with Augmented Reality features in mind.
The back camera allows users to record 4K video at 24, 30 and 60fps. It also allows 1080p HD recording at 30 and 60fps. Other features of the camera include image stabilization for video, optical zoom, slo-mo 1080p @240fps, body and face detection, ability to take 8MP photos while recording video at 4K resolution and more.
The front camera, which is now called True Depth camera has a 7-megapixel sensor. It offers Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting feature, 1080p HD video recording, f/2.2 aperture, Auto HDR, body and face detection, image stabilization, burst mode, timer mode, and exposure control. The same camera offers Face ID feature. According to Apple chances of someone being able to unlock your device with a similar face are 1 in a million, compared to the much odds of 1 to 50,000 of someone having the same fingerprint with Touch ID.
On the back iPhone X features a glass back, and on the sides it has surgical-grade stainless steel. Thanks to the glass back the device offers Qi Open Standard Wireless Charging that will work with all Qi standard accessories that are available in the market. The device also has water and dust resistant design.
The removal of home button has brought significant changes to how user interacts with the software. Now to return to the homescreen user has to perform a swipe up gesture from the bottom of the screen. A similar gesture unlocks the device after a successful facial scan. Apple is displaying an unlock animation on the lockscreen to let user know Face ID scan has been successful.
Since Swipe up gesture is assigned to return to the homescreen and access App Switcher (with a longer swipe) users will be able to access the Control Center by swiping down from the top.
iPhone X offers better portrait photography with the front cameras by taking advantage of the depth sensing technologies. Users can also add beautiful foregrounds and blurred backgrounds on selfies taken with the front cameras. iPhone X allows users to put studio quality lightning effects. Using the 3D sensing front cameras you can also use iPhone X’s new feature called Animoji and send expressions with voice in 12 Animoji to friends. Apple is offering panda, fox, robot, pig, poop and more at launch.
iPhone X comes in 64GB and 256GB storage capacities. It will be available in space grey and silver colors. iPhone X start at $999 for the 64GB model and $1149 for the 256GB model. Apple will start taking pre-orders on October 27 and ship to customers on November 3, 2017.