Ten years after Apple first launched the iPhone, the company recently unveiled the new iPhone X -- complete with wireless charging, face ID recognition, animated emojis, and so much more.
On Tuesday, September 12, Apple finally unveiled the brand new iPhone X, which is said to be "the future of the smartphone." The iPhone has an all-glass design, 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging, and a brand new camera that has dual optical image stabilization.
The iPhone X costs a hefty $999, and pre-ordering
begins Friday, October 27. It will be available for purchase in stores by Friday, November 3.
Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, said in a press release
For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realization of that vision. With the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionized the mobile phone with Multi-Touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone -- one in which the device disappears into the experience."
iPhone X Features
It has an edge-to-edge display, plus glass on both the front and back. The iPhone X is said to have "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone" and it comes with a high-quality stainless steel band that wraps around its edges and reinforces the phone. It doesn't hurt that its seven-layer color process gives users clear and rich colors on the glass finish through a reflective optical layer that also serves as a water and dust-resistant surface.
Super Retina Display
With a 5.8-inch Super Retina display, the iPhone brings colors to life thanks to a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide color support. As for the amount of quality for photo and video content, the HDR display supports Dolby Vision
and HDR10. iOS 11 has been designed to take full advantage of the retina display, while simultaneously removing the Home button with fast/fluid gestures.
Face ID -- Secure Authentication System
Your face is now the key to unlocking the iPhone. By using a state-of-the-art TrueDepth camera system that's made up of a dot projector (over 30,000 invisible IR dots), infrared camera, and flood illuminator, they all work together to securely unlock the phone, enable Apple Pay, and even gain access to secure apps. All of that is powered by A11 Bionic, which is the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. With a six-core CPU, two performance cores that are 25 percent faster, and four efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion, the iPhone X creates a smooth, high-performance experience.
Reinvented Front and Rear Cameras
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The front-facing camera's portrait mode allows for "stunning selfies with a depth-of-field effect." Its dual 12-megapixel rear camera system has dual optical image stabilization. There's also a larger and faster sensor, new color filter, deeper pixels, and OIS for vibrant photos and videos.
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Personalize your emojis using the facial recognition software. Using the TrueDepth camera, you can bring emojis to life with Animoji. It analyzes over 50 difference facial movements, then takes those muscle movements and translates them into a dozen Animoji. Choose from different emojis like a panda, unicorn, alien, and robot.
Wireless Charging + Additional Components
The glass back of the iPhone X allows for wireless charging through two charging mats by Belkin and mophie. AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless charging accessory, won't be available until 2018.
Along with the iPhone X, Apple revealed at its annual press conference the iPhone 8 and its sibling, the iPhone 8 Plus. Both have the same all-glass design as the iPhone X. Pre-order for the iPhone 8/Plus starts on September 15, with the phones being available on September 22. You can read more about the iPhone 8 in this press release statement
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What do you think of the new iPhone X? Are you willing to pay nearly $1,000 for a brand new smartphone? Is it even worth it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! Not sure about you guys, but as cool as the new iPhone is, I'm perfectly content with my iPhone 7. Maybe one day I'll splurge a bit and get an iPhone 8 ...
Photos courtesy of Apple press releases (iPhone X and iPhone 8).