Apple today announced the iPhone X during its special event at Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino today. Apple CEO Tim Cook proudly stated the iPhone X was “the future of the smartphone” and will “set the path for technology for the next decade”.
“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,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “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.”
The iPhone X, or 10, features a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED edge-to-edge display with 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458ppi, including HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and True Tone support.
The device has no ‘Home’ button so Apple has designed the device to use touch-based gestures to interact with iOS 11. It is powered by a next-generation A11 Bionic neural processor that handles world tracking and scene recognition, and a GPU that enables graphics at 60 frames per second. The iPhone X is of a glass and stainless steel design, which features a front-facing camera containing advanced facial recognition and authentication technology called Face ID.
The Face ID authentication process uses the 7-megapixel front-facing ‘TrueDepth’ camera along with a dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator, to accurately map and recognize the user’s face, so that it can be used to gain access to secure apps and authenticate Apple Pay.
On the back, you’ll find a redesigned, vertically aligned dual-lens TrueDepth 12-megapixel rear camera, featuring Quad-LED True Tone flash with DUAL optical image stabilization, while Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting on both front and rear cameras offer dramatic studio lighting effects for creating portraits in five different lighting styles.
The iPhone X’s glass back allows wireless inductive charging that works with Qi-certified third-party charging devices. Pads offered by Mophie and Belkin will be available at launch, and Apple also gave a sneak peek of AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless charging accessory being released in 2018. It offers a much larger active charging area to simultaneously charge up to three devices, including Apple Watch Series 3 and a new optional wireless charging case for AirPods.
The iPhone X is fast-charge capable, and the handset will be available in space grey and silver colors.
The iPhone X also supports Apple’s new “Animoji”, thanks to the iPhone’s new 3D sensing capability, allowing users to create custom 3D animated emoji based on facial expressions picked up by the camera.
The iPhone X comes in 64GB and 256GB storage capacities, priced from US$999. The iPhone X will be available to pre-order from October 27 and will ship on November 3.