Apple iPhone X is almost here and much talk is going around about this new smartphone which was released this month. The phone comes with a 5.80-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1125 pixels by 2436 pixels. The Apple iPhone X is powered by hexa-core Apple A11 Bionic processor and the phone packs 64GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Apple iPhone X packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 7-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Apple iPhone X runs iOS 11 and measures 143.60 x 70.90 x 7.70 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 174.00 grams. The Apple iPhone X is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer.
The iPhone X doesn’t go up for preorder until October 27th, so you have quite a while to think over a potential purchase and decide whether the iPhone X is worth the extra cash over the equally powerful iPhone 8, which differs in only a few key areas from its bezel-less counterpart or you wish to go for iPhone 7 which is more affordable.
To get a better analysis lets look at some of the features of this new phone that makes it more attractive than other Apple smartphones.
Edge to edge OLED screen
The most obvious standout feature of the iPhone X is the OLED screen, and is very beautiful for many experts. The edge-to-edge display is copied from past smartphone devices, starting more or less with the Xiaomi Mi Mix last year and making its way to global mainstream prominence in the Samsung Galaxy S8 back in April but the lack of originality hasn’t stopped Apple from manufacturing a beautiful piece of hardware.
On the rectangular notch cut out at the top of the screen, Apple has stored a bevy of camera and sensor parts to perform tasks like Face ID and Animoji recordings. But Apple’s proprietary advantages include the coloration and brightness-adjusting True Tone display tech and a new Super Retina moniker that means the iPhone X sports a 2436 x 1125 resolution at 458 ppi across 5.8 inches of real estate. It’s also Apple’s first smartphone to come HDR-ready. All this adds up to an impressive display that is clearly the top differentiator between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8
Front facing camera is more powerful
As said above the hidden inside the small notch cutout at the top of the iPhone X is a significant number of new camera parts and sensors that do more than just transpose your face onto an emoji cat or scan it to unlock your phone. The front-facing camera module now contains an infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity scanner, ambient light sensor, speaker, microphone, 7-megapixel camera, and dot projector. All of that together combines into what Apple calls its TrueDepth camera, used for Animoji, Face ID, and a number of cool camera tricks.
TrueDepth is what makes the iPhone X’s front-facing camera capable of performing the aperture-reduction trick in its Portrait mode, a feature that was restricted to the back camera of only the iPhone 7 Plus. It also makes the front-facing camera capable of Apple’s new Portrait Mode effects, which lets you replicate more professional flash lighting thus having the most cutting-edge mobile photography features at your fingertips
Animoji with face mapping concept
Animoji are cartoon animals that replicate your face movements, expressions, and speech using the front-facing camera and 3D mapping sensors of the iPhone X. It relies on the very same TrueDepth components required by Face ID and is another perfect example of Apple’s marriage of hardware and software to yield something more advanced than the industry standard.
Superior facial recognition Technology
You can watch live face ID demos and the phone’s ability to map your face, recognize it, and use that information intelligently in the superior facial recognition technology. There’s a chance it will move beyond unlocking your phone and the 3D face mapping will surely open up some interesting new possibilities down the line.
What you might not like of the iPhone X
The only aspect of the iPhone X perhaps more noticeable than its display is its price tag. The iPhone X will ship in Australia on November 3. Pre-orders start at 6:01PM AEDT on October 27. The 64GB iPhone X will cost $1579 in Australia in both silver and space grey, while the 256GB iPhone X will cost $1829.
In US it might be a little less of price ($1000) but Italy, Russia, Poland all have to pay $1600 for a 256 version of the iPhone X
No Touch ID feature
You can embrace the bold, 3D mapping future promised by Apple’s new Face ID while at the same time bemoaning the loss of Touch ID. While it may not work on the edge-to-edge OLED display of the iPhone X, at least not yet, Touch ID has grown over the years into one of the fastest, most secure biometric unlocking system of any modern smartphone, if not the best. Losing it will be an annoying compromise for many X buyers who must now contend with a new, unproven system
UI complexity makes one hand use difficult
The iPhone X does not contain a home button, as the entire user interface of iOS 11 on the device has been altered. There’s a whole new system of gestures and swipes to learn and master, and many of them will be annoying to remember and difficult to perform with just one hand. Closing apps now requires you swipe up from the bottom, while swiping up and then holding opens the multitasking app switcher. Control Center is now surfaced by swiping down from right corner, while a swipe down from the left gets you to the notification list.
There are a bunch of other twists involved, like accessing Siri by holding down one of the side buttons, which raises the question of how you turn the phone off now. There’s also the matter of capturing a mobile screenshot, which used to involve holding down the home button and power button. But perhaps the most perplexing change here is how difficult it will be to use the iPhone X with one hand, now that very useful sections of iOS 11 are buried behind high-cornered downward swipes. If you don’t have exceptionally large hands, it seems as if the iPhone X will be a strictly two-handed device.
Apple care now more costlier
Apple has set the price for its AppleCare+ insurance plan for the iPhone X at $199, a big jump from the current $129 ($149 in Australia) for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. While it may be related to the more expensive screen — Apple is still charging only $29 ($45in Australia) for a broken screen repair through AppleCare — a $199 charge on top of the cost of device makes the purchase much more unattractive.
AppleCare+ is Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, so you get that added benefit if you lease the phone from the company itself. However, it’s likely a lot of buyers won’t be using Apple’s program, choosing instead to buy the device outright or going through a cell carrier instead.
It is not yet known how iPhone X will impact Apple’s overall sales, but certainly this faster phone has a price to pay to enjoy its real value.
You can order iPhone X from October 27 and Apple says it will be on sale from November 3. Also heard is that there are concerns however about Apple’s manufacturers being able to make enough iPhone X units to satisfy demand. You can place pre order from Apple store or get the full details of pre-order offers from Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and other Aussie telcos.