Yesterday, Apple revealed its latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone X, alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
All three devices represent a step-up from the latest generation iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But the iPhone X offers some really interesting features that really make it stand out.
With that said, here are the 10 coolest things about the new iPhone X.
1.It has wireless charging
This might not seem like a big deal, given that tons of smartphones these days offer wireless charging. But the iPhone X is the first Apple device to integrate wireless charging. Users have been able to get around this through the use of Qi-enabled wireless charging cases for the iPhone. But the process isn't as seamless as being able to simply plop your phone onto a charging surface, as users have been able to do for some time with compatible Android devices. The iPhone X changes that. Wireless charging works with the established Qi ecosystem, including two new wireless charging mats from Belkin and mophie.
Apple also gave a sneak peek of AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless charging accessory coming in 2018, which offers a generous active charging area that will allow iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X customers to simultaneously charge up to three devices, including Apple Watch Series 3 and a new optional wireless charging case for AirPods.
2.TrueDepth Camera and Face ID
Yes, now you can use your face to unlock your phone, or even confirm a purchase. The TrueDepth camera system is made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator, and is powered by A11 Bionic to accurately map and recognize a face. These advanced depth-sensing technologies work together to securely unlock iPhone, enable Apple Pay, gain access to secure apps and many more new features.
Face ID projects more than 30,000 invisible IR dots. The IR image and dot pattern are pushed through neural networks to create a mathematical model of your face and send the data to the secure enclave to confirm a match, while adapting to physical changes in appearance over time. All saved facial information is protected by the secure enclave to keep data secure, while all of the processing is done on-device and not in the cloud to protect user privacy. Face ID only unlocks iPhone X when customers look at it and is designed to prevent spoofing by photos or masks. Reportedly, during the initial setup process, the camera snaps a photo of your face from all angles so that you don't need to be looking head-on in order for it to work. It also requires that your eyes are open, so sneaky folks can't snap a pic of your sleeping face in order to unlock your device.
3.It has a 5.8" Super Retina OLED display
Need we say more? Not only is this a seriously sizable screen, but it is bright, crisp, and clear enough to do everything from e-mail and surf the Web, to play games and watch full-length movies.
4.It doesn't have any buttons
Apple was the first to debut a smartphone that only had one single button, with everything else handled via touch screen. Now, the iPhone X does away with even that "Home" button. Instead, you swipe up to get to your main screen, or go back. The phone now has a literal all-screen display that follows the curve the device, clear to the rounded corners.
5.It is water and dust-resistant
As expected, since the existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are water- and dust-resistant, this device is as well, offering some added peace-of-mind when using it 24/7, or in less than ideal conditions, like on a job site or at the beach.
6.It supports Dolby Vision, HDR10
The HDR display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10, while True Tone dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light for a more natural, paper-like viewing experience, says Apple.
7.There are significant camera improvements
Among the improvements in the camera is a redesigned dual 12MP rear camera system with dual optical image stabilization. The ƒ/1.8 aperture on the wide-angle camera joins an improved ƒ/2.4 aperture on the telephoto camera for better photos and videos. A new colour filter, deeper pixels and an improved Apple-designed image signal processor delivers advanced pixel processing, wide colour capture, faster autofocus in low light and better HDR photos. A new quad LED True Tone Flash offers twice the uniformity of light and includes Slow Sync, resulting in more uniformly lit backgrounds and foregrounds. Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting on both the front and rear cameras brings dramatic studio lighting effects to iPhone and allows customers to capture portraits with a shallow depth-of-field effect in five different lighting styles. The new Animoji features are also really fun, allowing you to bring emojis to life.
8.It's ready for augmented reality (AR) experiences
The cameras on iPhone X are custom tuned for AR experiences. Each camera is individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking. The A11 Bionic CPU handles world tracking, scene recognition and the GPU enables graphics at 60fps, while the image signal processor does real-time lighting estimation. With ARKit, iOS developers can take advantage of the TrueDepth camera and the rear cameras to create games and apps offering fantastically immersive and fluid experiences that go far beyond the screen.
9.You can store more on it
Not only does the iPhone X come in ample 64GB and 256GB capacities, but iOS 11 also means its supports HEIF and HEVC, for up to two times compression and storage for twice the photos and videos.
10.It's uber-fast and efficient
The A11 Bionic chip features a six-core CPU design with two performance cores that are 25% faster and four efficiency cores that are 70% faster than the A10 Fusion. A new, second-generation performance controller can harness all six cores simultaneously, delivering up to 70% greater performance for multi-threaded workloads, giving customers more power to multitask while lasting two hours longer than iPhone 7. A11 Bionic also integrates an Apple-designed GPU with a three-core design that delivers up to 30% faster graphics performance than the previous generation.
The new A11 Bionic neural engine is a dual-core design and performs up to 600 billion operations per second for real-time processing. A11 Bionic neural engine is designed for specific machine learning algorithms and enables Face ID, Animoji and other features.
iPhone X will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3. It will come in silver and space grey and start at $1,319 outright, or through carriers at subsidized pricing on contract terms.