The Apple event at the Steve Jobs theater was as extravagant as expected. The brand new iPhone 8 and 8 plus along with the iPhone X were revealed. It looks a lot like the iPhone 7, but it’s now all-glass, and it comes in three colours (silver, grey and rose gold).
There are some new features in this phone, including the True Tone tech carried over from the iPad (It adjusts for the temperature of the light). Louder stereo speakers and a new “A11 bionic” chip, but you can tell we’re all rushing through to get to the good stuff. Oh, and Apple finally announced wireless charging on the iPhone 8.
Still, we should make the most of it while we’re here. Apple’s also showing off its first ever fully in-house GPU (after it broke with Britain’s Imagination Technologies). Also, a new image signal processor – the brains behind the camera – with noise reduction and faster low-light auto-focus was also revealed.
But this is not what has gotten us all excited here at L2C. The famous “One more thing…” from Apple came up as expected Tim could barely hold his excitement in. Apple announced the new phone at its yearly iPhone launch event Tuesday, held for the first time at the Steve Jobs Theater in the company’s new campus in Cupertino, California. Endless rumors and crazy speculation be gone: The iPhone X is real!
iPhone X : Overview
The iPhone X is a 5.8-inch smartphone with an OLED display that extends over its entire front side, save for the “notch” on the top that houses the speaker, sensors and the selfie camera. Apple calls this screen the Super Retina display. The design of the iPhone X is a radical departure from any previous model. Besides that huge screen, it has an all-glass case save for a stainless steel frame and a vertically oriented dual camera on the back.
“Over the past decade, we’ve pushed forward with innovation after innovation, bringing us to this moment, when we can create devices that are far more intelligent, far more capable, and far more creative than ever before.”
Face ID on iPhone X
Phil Schiller comes up to talk, and reveals what the “bionic” label is on the A11: it’s the neural engine, a subset of the chip dedicated to neural network processing, and that’s how Face ID works. The company even trained its system on professionally made masks, to make sure that it only works on real faces.
What about TouchID? It’s been replaced with “Face ID”. It’s “the future of how we unlock our smartphones”, says Schiller. He adds that it’s based on the front cameras, which are more than just a camera. Seven separate sensors are packed into that little band at the top, and it’s how the company hopes to overcome flaws with previous face unlock systems. It also works at night.
Face tracking technology can be used to create fun new animated emoji, or Animoji, which transfer your expressions to colorful pandas, monkeys and, of course, poop.
Display and build
The iPhone X has glass on both the front and the back, and it has “surgical-grade” stainless steel around the sides. The device is water-resistant and comes in two colors: space gray and silver. It also has the highest pixel density (458ppi) display ever in an iPhone, with Apple calling it a Super Retina display. It measures 5.8 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 2436 x 1125. It’s the first OLED display in an iPhone, which Phil Schiller explains bluntly: it’s “the first OLED display great enough to be in an iPhone.” Like the iPhone 8, the iPhone X also has True Tone display technology.
Camera and Audio
The iPhone X has dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, and it’s equipped with optical image stabilization on both lenses. The sensors are both larger and faster than previous generations, says Apple, and the main camera has an f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto lens has an f/2.4 aperture. In between the two cameras is a quad-LED True Tone flash that is claimed to provide scene illumination that is twice as uniform as previously. The new phone also offers 4K video recording and stereo speakers for better audio playback.
Also on the wireless front, the iPhone X supports LTE Advanced and the Bluetooth 5.0 standard. There are still no real gadgets or accessories that you can use with a Bluetooth 5 phone, but the more phones there are that support it, the more impetus there will be for compatible peripherals.
The iPhone X is priced at $999 with 64GB of storage or $1,149 with 256GB. Pre orders open on October 27th, and shipping begins November 3rd.
“This will set the path of technology for the next decade” – Tim Cook
“We’ll see” – L2C
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