As expected, Apple introduced new iPhones at its Keynote event on Tuesday (Sept. 12), including the 10-year anniversary version: the iPhone X.
CEO Tim Cook called the iPhone X (pronounced “Ten”) a “new generation of the iPhone and a huge step forward.” “It is the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone,” he said.
It will feature an edge-to-edge screen and glass on both the front and back, while the case is made of surgical-grade stainless steel. There is also a deeper strengthening layer in the glass that makes it the “most durable in a smartphone,” said Apple. Due to the design, the smartphone is also water and dust resistant.
Furthermore, it sports a Super Retina display, using OLED technology and resulting in the highest resolution of pixel density — which supports 2046×1125 resolution, with 455 PPI, and HDR in both Dolby Vision and HDR.
The iPhone X will be the line’s first without a home button. Instead of clicking the home button, users can wake up their device by picking it up or swiping across any part of the screen. To close an app, simply swipe up on the screen and throw it away. Users can also reach Siri by simply saying “Hey Siri” or by pressing the side button.
Also, users can unlock the phone with a depth-sensing front camera that unlocks the phone by detecting the user’s face, which Apple calls FaceID. It has to recognize your face from various angles, which means it shouldn’t be susceptible to trickery, such as unlocking for a two-dimensional photo of you. Apple says the chances that someone can trick FaceID and break into your phone are 1 in a million.
As far as cameras are concerned, the 10-year iPhone boasts a rear camera with a 12-megapixel sensor, dual-lenses at f1.8 and f2.8 apertures (brighter than the 7 Plus telephoto), and comes with dual-image OIS quad-LED TrueTone flash. The front-facing camera is powered by that True Depth camera system that supports FaceID, as well as Portrait mode and Portrait lighting is now available on the front-camera.
Video has improved as well. Thanks to a A11 processor, video can be captured at 60FPS in low-light mode, with faster frame rate support and 4K capture. Slo-mo videos shot in 1080p will have 240 FPS.
Apple says its improved battery life by two hours over the iPhone 7, mostly due to software enhancements. Oh, and there’s also wireless charging, via something called AirPower — a larger mat that lets users charge their iPhones, Apple Watch and AirPods all at the same time.
Under the hood is a new A11 Bionic processor, with a 64-bit design, six cores, two high performance processors that are 25 percent faster than the A10 and 4-high efficiency cores (two more than the A10) that are 70 percent faster. The GPU is 30 percent faster.
The new iPhone X will be available in space grey and silver color options, with pricing from $999 with 64GB of storage and an upgraded option with 256GB of storage. Preorders open on October 27th, with shipping on November 3rd.