During today’s Apple’s September 2017 Special Event, the company unveiled three new iPhone devices, those include; the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the one making waves in the tech world is the announcement of the iPhone X. CEO Tim Cook took to stage at the Steve Jobs theater to unveiled the new phone in which many were somewhat skeptical prior to its announcement if indeed the company were working on a phone of this caliber. Well they were, and it’s a pricey one at that, consumers will need to think hard and long to put up most of their confidence and budget on featured tech seen in other high-end phones such as Samsung Galaxy 8 & Note 8 and the LG G6 which are on the market right now. However, today Apple made their stand to consumers on what makes their phone stand out from the rest, let’s take a look at what this new phone brings to the table.
The iPhone X—now confirmed as the iPhone Ten—has a slick new bezel which does resemble most new phones out there—what’s quite noticeable is the “cut-out” at the top which is there for the new front-facing cameras and sensors, we’ll get to that later. The size is relatively the same as the iPhone 8 and somewhat close to the iPhone 7 in comparison, it’s the spec that this baby carries which makes it far more impressive.
It’s new “super retina” display is 5.8 inches with a 2436 x 1125 resolution, by far the highest ever in any iPhone to date. The X is first to introduce a brand new OLED screen, fitted to work well on the new phone. As always, the iPhone supports HDR, 3D Touch Technology, and the True Tone display as seen in the new iPhone 8 and iPad Pro. Surely you’ve seen by now, Apple has moved aside the Home Button and Touch ID pad to accommodate the phone’s new and larger screen—which technically makes this the first iPhone to be introduced with a completely new look. In order to get Home on the phone, users will need to swipe up from the bottom to get you back—similar to what we’ve seen on Apple iPad devices—while swiping up and pausing the phone will also bring you its multitasking menu. To access Siri, you can use “Hey Siri” or simply hold the side button, which Apple has upgraded.
One new tech, Apple introduce is that it’s replacing its Touch ID for its new “Face ID” where the phone only unlocks by getting a mere glimpse at you and only you. This tech uses the front-facing camera as well with the other sensors that include; the infrared sensor, flood illuminator, and the dot projector to unlock the phone. This impressive new tech well frequently updates you when you’re facial looks have changed—Schiller has stated it’ll be impossible for someone else’s face to unlock your phone, the chances are much higher than the previously Touch ID. Another new feature introduce through the Face ID, is the availability to make Apple Pay Purchases, by clicking the side button twice and looking at the screen, your phone automatically will make its required payment right on the spot—pretty neat if you ask me.
Apple’s new sensor also allows for True Depth, here users can create and share animated emojis, and example of this is in the new video showcasing the phone up above—although I think it’s best to judge that piece of Tech when you see it for yourselves.
The iPhone X new camera is a dual camera much like the new iPhone 8, it comes with dual 12-megapixel sensors with a f/1.8 aperture on the wide end and a f/2.4 on the telephoto lens. What’s more impressive is that both lenses now have optical image stabilization, when the new iPhone 8 only has OIS on the wide-angle lens. Other features include a new software-enhanced “Portrait Lighting” mode and a factory calibration on the cameras for augmented reality—both examples of this can be seen in the promotional video above.
iPhone X processor comes with the A11 Bionic chip which will also come included in both versions of the iPhone 8. A six-core CPU, with two high-performance cores, making it 25% faster than the A10. It also includes four high-efficiency cores that are 70% faster than the A10. Finally, Apple also redesigned it GPU for the first time, optimizing it for the company’s Metal 2 graphics framework.
Needless to say, it’s one impressive new iPhone. Much of the complaint going around is that the phone is going for a whopping $999.99 USD—yes, you read correctly. Although, this news had been spread around the web weeks before the official announcement of the iPhone X. The question is……is it worth your money? would you be better off purchasing the iPhone 8 or simply go another route with another phone entirely? That’s up to the consumer to decide.