On 12th September 2017, Apple unveiled the much-anticipated iPhone X (pronounced ‘ten’), to mark the 10th anniversary of the release of the iPhone.
The iPhone X is quite a departure from previous models, dropping the traditional home button, in favour of a larger all-screen front (5.8″), with OLED technology. It has the ability to unlock with facial-recognition, promises better cameras, animated emojis, longer battery life and wireless charging.
The phone will be available in two colours – space grey and silver – and will retail at £999…something which has caused raised eyebrows.
The Chief Executive of Apple, Tim Cook, noted that this is the “biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.” To wake the device, users just tap the screen or lift the phone. To access the button-free home screen, users need to swipe up from the bottom, and to access the control centre, simply swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.
The iPhone X doesn’t include the Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner, as Apple believes that the new True Depth camera for the Face ID facial recognition system is far superior in terms of security.
Apple acknowledged potential concerns over using facial recognition to access the device or verify purchases (via Apple Pay). But it claimed that there was a one-in-50,000 chance that touch-ID could be unlocked by a stranger, but a one-in-one-million chance with facial ID.
Apple also revealed that the anniversary model will introduce Qi wireless charging, which uses a plate in the back of the phone to connect with a charge from a pad or piece of furniture with wireless charging built in.
The new features:
- Facial recognition
- Larger screen – 5.8″ with 458 pixels per inch, making it the firm’s most detailed phone display to date
- Wireless charging
- Portrait mode – users will be able to artificially blur the background, and a relighting tool can be used on photos taken with both front and back cameras
- Animoji – users can map facial expressions onto little characters
- Longer batter life – 2 hours more than the iPhone 7
The iPhone X is available for pre-order on 27th October, and shipping by 3rd November. A 256GB storage option will also be available for £1,149.
Apple also unveiled the iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus – which are essentially upgrades to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
- Glass on the front and back, with a colour-matched aluminium band around the outside (Apple have said that this is the “most durable glass on any smartphone”)
- Contains the new A11 Bionic Chip processor
- Improved screens (with the company’s True Tone feature)
- Improved speakers
- Wireless Qi charging
- Three colours – space grey, silver and gold
Prices start at £699 and £799 respectively with 64GB of storage, available for pre-order from 15th September and shipping by 22nd September. A 256GB storage option will also available.