Officially showcased on the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone, Apple’s new iPhone X (pronounced as “ten”) has been shown to the public for the first time today and comes with many new changes that make it quite different from previous editions of Apple’s iconic smartphone and even the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models revealed during the launch event.
The rumors that Apple’s new smartphone will have a display that takes up all of the space on the front of the device without a bezel have been proven true. The iPhone X does away with the classic home button, which contributes to giving it a highly unique look. The display itself is made up of a 5.8-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2,436 by 1,135 pixels, using a new technology that Apple calls “Super Retina,” marking it as an improvement of their previous Retina displays.
Another feature of the iPhone X that makes distinguishes it from all other editions is its support for Face ID. This new technology lets users unlock their phones simply by looking at the device for a few seconds and swiping up. This eliminates the need to enter a traditional passcode or use a fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone. Face ID will also work with Apple Pay and is expected to be implemented by third-party apps in the near future. While demonstrating how Face ID works, Apple employees have reassured attendees at the launch event that a lot of research and development has gone into making the technology highly secure, which prevents it from being fooled by someone holding up a photo of the iPhone’s owner up to the camera.
In terms of hardware, the iPhone X uses Apple’s A11 Bionic CPU, which provides superior performance while multitasking or running resource-intensive apps like games with advanced 3D graphics. There are two 12-megapixel cameras with optical image stabilization in the back and a 7-megapixel one in the front. The front-facing camera now fully supports portrait mode. Those who get the latest iPhone will get to choose between two versions, offering 64 GB and 256 GB of respective storage space.
Apple fans eager to get their hands on the iPhone X will have to show a bit of patience. Preorders will begin on October 27 and devices will start shipping to consumers on November 3.