Apple’s Tim Cook and Phil Schiller took to the stage today to make the iPhone X official. Yes, the speculation is over regarding the name of the edge-to-edge iPhone. Having now made the iPhone X official, all of the other bits and pieces are official as well. Most everything announced today has already been leaked and rumored so there’s really not a whole lot of new things here.
Apple is calling their new OLED display a 5.8″ “Super Retina Display” which has a resolution of 2436×1125 and a 458ppi. The new iPhone has glass on the back and front and is sporting Qi Wireless Charging. This isn’t a smartphone first as many other Android phones have had this for years. Apple is also making a wireless charging pad dubbed “AirPower.”
The phone is also “Microscopical sealed” for water and dust resistance, I’m not sure what that means (the microscopical part). The display supports HDR and Dolby Vision and also has Apple’s True Tone technology.
“iPhone X is the future of the smartphone. It is packed with incredible new technologies, like the innovative TrueDepth camera system, beautiful Super Retina display and super fast A11 Bionic chip with neural engine,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone X enables fluid new user experiences — from unlocking your iPhone with Face ID, to playing immersive AR games, to sharing Animoji in Messages — it is the beginning of the next ten years for iPhone.”
Of course, there is no home button anymore and you’ll be unlocking the phone with Face ID. Face ID does work with Apple Pay and apps that use Touch ID will be able to unlock with Face ID as well. The lack of a home button doesn’t mean you can’t get to your home screen though, just swipe up to get to the homescreen from any app. Control Center is now accessible by swiping down from the top right of the display.
Siri will be activated by pressing the side power button, sort of like Bixby. If you need to use multitasking, just swipe up, pause until your multitasking windows show up. The whole phone is made of high-quality glass and wrapped with a stainless steel band.
iPhone X also features a redesigned dual 12-megapixel 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 color filter, deeper pixels and an improved Apple-designed image signal processor delivers advanced pixel processing, wide color 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.
Apple made a big deal about their new A11 Bionic chip which features a six-core CPU design with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster and four efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster. A11 Bionic also integrates an Apple-designed GPU with a three-core design that delivers up to 30 percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation. All of this new power is supposed to bring performance increases across the board but also better support AR and ARKit.
The iPhone X will come in 64Gb and 256GB configurations with a starting price of $999USD. No word on how much the 256GB model will be but we’re guessing it could be priced at $1199USD. Pre-orders start October 27th and the phone ships November 3rd. For the iPhone X official announcement check out Apple’s full press release at the link below.
Last Updated on September 12, 2017.