The Apple iPhone X in a nutshell

Leaks and unofficial renders did not spoil the show for Apple last night as they launched a new device. The iPhone X, as in 10, not the letter X, is the true device of the Apple keynote and reserved for the much coveted “One more time” segment on the 10th-anniversary device of the iPhone’s launch.

The iPhone X (remember, that’s iPhone 10) might have some of the wind taken from its sails with the recent Essential Ph-1, an edge to edge screen with only a small cut in for some camera optics at the top. A cut-in that might have been all the more impressive had the Essential Ph-1’s much smaller effort not beaten Apple to launch. A 5.8″ ‘Super Retina’ OLED display has been introduced with a 2436×1125 resolution. Apple’s True Tone display tech adds support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision content. Certainly, promises to dazzle.

As with the iPhone 8 and 8+ the X employs a new ‘all-glass’ chassis. To calm those fearing iPhone 4 fragility Apple claims this is the most durable glass to feature on a smartphone yet.

Qi wireless charging added to the iPhone 8 and 8+ has also been added alongside waterproofing.

A new six-core CPU, called the A11 Bionic Processor, combines two low-performance cores and four high-performance cores, with the regular cores being 25 per cent faster than the previous A10 chip.

The iPhone X actually loses more tech, much like the iPhone 7 lost the headphone jack. The fingerprint sensor, a relatively new staple in modern smartphones, has been removed in favour of facial recognition. Whilst the demonstration failed during the keynote, Apple still has some time to get it right and they would need to. The technology must be flawless, given the price of the device. the fingerprint sensor was normally attached to the home button/home sensor. Instead, the home button is now attributed to a swipe, and the task manager is activated with a similar swipe mixed with a  pause.

The facial recognition makes use of the new sensors cut into the screen at the top. A 7MP ‘TrueDepth’ camera works with the A11 built-in neural engine. Apple has made extra effort to ensure security claiming that there’s a ‘one in a million’ chance of somebody gaining access by looking a little similar. Apple has actually added a new button to the side, a lock button that is used to activate Siri.

To the rear of sits a 12MP dual camera array, comprising of dual telephoto and wide-angle lenses. There’s also a new Portrait Lighting mode for taking selfies, and optical image stabilisation built-in.

We will not be going into any detail about the Animoji announcement.

The iPhone X pre-orders will start a little after the iPhone 8 and 8+ on 27 October, shipping on the 3rd of November. The iPhone X is incredibly expensive, with the 64GB priced at £999 and the 256GB at £1,149.

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