The iPhone X is Apple’s special edition on the occasion of 10th year of making iPhones. They celebrated ten years by introducing the 5.8 inches OLED display, 3D camera, and facial recognition functionality, A11 Bionic processor, and a glass body. It was launched on 12th of September, 2017 along with Apple 4K TV, Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Here you will find every detail about the iPhone X features, specs, price, release date, and pre-orders.
The special edition of iPhone X, to be pronounced as the “iPhone 10”, was introduced the last month. The aim was to make an all-screen smartphone. The 5.8 inches flagship melts into an extremely polished curved-edge stainless steel band that encloses an all-glass body.
The edge-to-edge, top to bottom Super Retina display opts OLED technology for true to life colors, Million-To-One contrast ratio, and deep blacks. It features 458 pixels per inch and a 2436 x 1125 resolution. The iPhone X has the highest pixel density and the highest resolution ever introduced in an iPhone. It supports wide color, HDR, True Tone, and 3D Touch.
At 5.8 inches, the top-notch iPhone X has an immense display introduced in any iPhone yet. With no bezels, apart from a cutout housing the sensors and camera, it fits comfortably in hands. Being 70.9 mm wide, 7.7 mm thick and 143.6 mm tall, it is smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus and not much bigger than the iPhone 8.
The New iPhone X
The iPhone X is IP67 rated water and dust resistant. Moreover, for the very first time, it supports wireless charging. The iPhone X embraces the Qi wireless standard. It can charge through the glass back using any Qi-certified charging accessory. Apple is making an “Air Power” accessory to charge the Air Pods, Apple Watch Series 3, and the iPhone X simultaneously. But, it will not be out until 2018.
A Face ID works in the dark because it uses infrared camera technology. It also detects your face with glasses, beards, hats, and other objects that obscure your face. It is because it uses a 3D map of the face and machine learning. The Face ID cannot be fooled by facial replicas, masks, and photos. As an extra layer of security, the Face ID is attention aware and unlocks your device only when you are looking at it.
The Face ID is powered by a state of the art dual core neural built into the A11 Bionic chip. All processing is performed on-device and data stored in the Secure Enclave. The A11 Bionic chip has six cores in total, with four high-efficiency and two performance core, including the neural engine.
The high-efficiency cores are 70% faster than the A10 processor. While the performance cores perform 25% more quickly than the A10 Fusion Chip. There is a 3 GB of RAM in the iPhone X, and the upgraded GPU is 30% faster.
With a second generation, Apple designed performance controller, all six cores in the A11 chip can be reached at the same time, resulting in much-enhanced performance, especially when it comes to multi-threaded workloads. The A11 Bionic chip features a faster GPU, an Apple-designed video encoder, an image signal processor, secure enclave for Face ID.
No Home Button
No Home button means there is no Touch ID. So the unlocking is done through a new Face ID recognition system. Face ID uses the True Depth front-facing camera system to create a 3D map of the owner’s face that is used much like a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the iPhone. It can make App Store purchases, access passcode protected apps, and authenticates the Apple Pay transactions.
There is no place for a Home button, with an edge to edge design, so the iPhone X opts a new user experience. Swiping above from the bottom of the display brings up the Home screen. Whereas, the swipe and a hold bring up the App Switcher. There is a Tap-to-Wake feature for looking at notifications; the side button can activate Siri by pressing it for a second. You can gain access to the Control Center by swiping downwards from the top status bar.
Some Exciting Things
The 7 megapixels True Depth camera that powers Face ID allows a new feature called Animoji. The Animoji are 3D emoji able to mimic your facial expressions. The True Depth camera tracks more than 50 facial muscle movements and translates that to the Animoji, which you can use in the Messages app.
Apple’s True Depth camera also introduces Portrait Mode for the front-facing camera and allows Portrait Lighting, a feature for adjusting the lighting in a portrait picture taken by the rear or the front camera.
On the back side, the iPhone X has a vertical dual lens camera of 12 megapixels with the aperture of f/1.8 wide-angle lens and the aperture of the f/2.4 telephoto lens. Both the lenses have enhancements like a new color filter, better low light zoom, deeper pixels, and enhanced video stabilization. Likewise, both of them also support Optical Image Stabilization. There is a new quad-LED True Tone flash between the cameras.
With the individually calibrated cameras, a new gyroscope and accelerometer, tuning for the powerful A11 Bionic chip and the ARKit. The iPhone X is designed for superior augmented reality experience. The developers can take benefit of both the back camera and the True Depth camera to make unique AR apps with unparalleled face tracking abilities.
The price of iPhone X is available in two storage options. One is 256 GB, and the basic one is 64 GB. Both these variants come with different price tags, the lower one is priced at $999.
The iPhone X is Apple’s new top-notch flagship device. But it is being sold with two other models, the standard iPhone 8 and the premium iPhone 8 Plus. Both of them are less expensive, but they lack the Face ID system and the redesigned look.
iPhone X Pre-Orders And Pricing
Apple will commence taking iPhone X preorders from Friday, 27th of October, 2017. The price of iPhone X is $999 for the 64 GB space options. On the other hand, the 256 GB model of the iPhone X will cost you $1149.
For the Apple Upgrade Program customers, the iPhone X will cost them $49.91 per month for the 64 GB model and $56.16 per month for the 256 GB model.
The iPhone X supplies are expected to be very limited because of production issues. Apple may not reach the demand/supply balance on the device until well into 2018. It means that many customers could be waiting for many months to receive their new iPhones.
The iPhone X production is reportedly seeing further delays even as the release date of iPhone X approaches. The rumors indicate that production will begin on the new smartphone in mid-October.
The production is progressing slower than planned because of low yield rates for some elements. According to a reliable source, the True Depth camera is the main bottleneck.
The iPhone X True Depth camera production problems may be caused by a supply unevenness of the components. It takes much more time to assemble the dot projector element of the camera than the infrared element. The production is moving slowly, but the iPhone X release date is approaching. However, the iPhone X smartphone is releasing on 3rd of November, 2017, according to the official announcement by Apple.
The new iPhone X design is alluring. Apple has introduced the new design after 2014 when the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were introduced. Apple has come with a display that stretches from top to bottom and edge to edge with minimal bezels for an all-screen design.
Apart from a thin bezel that covers around the edges of the iPhone X and a front cutout that has the sensors, speakers, and the front-facing camera. So you will only see a display when you look at the iPhone X. There is no Home button, no Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and no bottom bezel.
Now after following the bezel-free trend, Apple has been able to make a 5.8 inches screen with a body that is not bigger than the iPhone 8. The iPhone X measures at 143.6 mm tall by 70.9 mm wide, and it is 7.7 mm thick.
Comparatively, the iPhone 8 measures at 138.4 mm tall by 67.3 mm wide, and it is 7.3 mm thick. On the other side, the iPhone 8 Plus dimensions are 158.4 mm tall, 78.1 mm wide, and it is 7.5 mm thick. So, the iPhone X is bigger than the iPhone 8 but smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. However, it is thicker than both devices, but you can hold and use it comfortably with one hand.
The rounded edges of the iPhone X’s display meld right into a surgical grade highly polished stainless steel frame, which flows into a new glass body.
The glass is easy to be broken than the aluminum that is used for some of the last iPhone models. But Apple says the back and front glass in the iPhone X is the toughest Apple has ever made. The iPhone X comes in two colors, the Silver, and the Space Gray. Both shades are offering an almost pearlescent wax. Thanks to a seven-layer polished process that has allowed Apple to introduce precise opacity and hues.
A deep optical layer added to the glass to enhance two colors, and an oleophobic coating means fingerprints and smudges can be easily wiped away. The designed steel frame to strengthen the iPhone X is made from a unique Apple-designed mixture that is more is sheer for enhanced durability. On each device, the structure matches the body color. The antenna bands are invisible and cut through the steel frame at the bottom and top of the device to ensure adequate signal.
The left side of the iPhone X has the standard volume buttons and mute switch. The right side has an elongated side button which can compensate for the removal of the Home button.
On the iPhone X rear side, there is a dual lens camera in a vertical shape, the first time in an iPhone. The camera continues to project to some extent from the device’s body. Between the two lenses, there is a microphone and a quad-LED flash.
The bottom portion features a standard Lightning port for changing purposes with six speakers located on either side of it.
Water And Dust Resistance
The iPhone X has water and dust resistant technology of IP67. It means that it is invulnerable to dust and it can withstand in water up to 3.3 feet (one meter) for 30 minutes in laboratory conditions.
It stands up to splashes, rain, and brief accidental water exposure. Nevertheless, deliberate water exposure should be avoided. Apple says that dust and water are not permanent conditions, so the resistance could decrease as an outcome of normal wear.
Albeit, the iPhone X is advertised as waterproof, Apple’s warranty does not guarantee any water damage to the iOS device. So it is better to remain careful when exposing the device to liquids.
iOS 11 Interface Changes
With no Home button, Apple has reconsidered the UI (User Interface) on the iPhone X. It has made all enhancements that it believes will ultimately result in a more intuitive user experience.
Unlocking of the iPhone X is done with a new Face ID (facial recognition system). While for the Home screen, you only need to swipe up from the bottom side of the iPhone X. A swipe from upwards to return from the home screen. It works within any app.
To reach the App Switcher, swipe up and then pause for a second. You can switch between apps through the App Switcher. You can also swipe on the right and the left side of the display to flip between the open apps for quick back and forth actions. At the top of the screen, the status bar displays cellular signals, battery life, and the time. Swiping downwards from any side of the status bar will open the Control Center.
The cutout on the top is the most jarring amendment to the interface, as it is always visible. Apple is not allowing the app developers to hide the cutout with a black bar. The developers must make apps around a safe area of the screen to avoid interfering with navigation gestures and content clipping.
The display notch is prominent on the left side of the screen in the landscape mode. It will be a distraction until you become used to the new design. Nothing is obscured, with Apple using bars in conditions like viewing web pages and watching videos. The games, videos, and photos can all be seen full screen. However, the notch may cut some content in some situations.
The side button does a lot more in the absence of Home button. Holding the button will activate Siri while pressing the volume up, and the side button takes a screenshot. Apple Pay buys can now be confirmed with a double-click on the side button.
For activating the display, you can use the side button, new Tap to Wake, or the Raise to Wake feature that turns on the iPhone X screen.
The Super Retina display of the iPhone X is the first ever HDR (High Dynamic Range) OLED display Apple has ever integrated into an iPhone. OLED brings more true-to-life colors, vivid, deep blacks, and a 1000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.
The OLED displays come conventionally with trade-offs like poor color accuracy, lower brightness, and no wide color support. However, Apple claims that it has sorted out those problems with a breakthrough display that features unparalleled quality, efficiency, and responsiveness with support for wide color gamut, advanced color management techniques, and Dolby Vision for what Apple says is the best color accuracy in the industry.
The Super Retina display has a resolution of 2436 x 1125 with 458 pixels per inch, the highest pixel density and resolution Apple has ever featured in an iPhone. It provides True Tone technology, which uses an ambient light sensor to fine-tune the white balance of the screen to befit the ambient lighting in a room. It reduces the eyestrain and makes for a more paper-like reading experience.
On the edges of the iPhone X, where the display folds into curved corners, Apple says it uses circuit stacking and folded technology with subpixel anti-aliasing for distortion-free edges.
3D Touch And Taptic Engine
It has a new OLED screen; the iPhone X stays to support 3D Touch gestures. The 3D Touch is available throughout the iOS 11 operating system and is often used to display additional info with a single force press gesture.
A Taptic Engine remains to offer a tactile response in the form of vibrations when the owners interact with the screen.
Face ID is a new face recognition system that substitutes the Touch ID fingerprint scanner used for authentication purposes in earlier models. In various ways, Face ID is just like the Touch ID, except that it practices a facial scan in place of a fingerprint scanner. It does all the same things, like unlocking an iPhone, allowing access to a third-party passcode protected apps, authenticating Apple Pay payments, and confirming purchases.
The Face ID uses a pack of sensors and a front camera. Apple is calling it True Depth setup of the camera. To make a scan, a Dot Projector shows more than 30,000 invisible infrared dots onto the face of the user. The structure and shape of your face is relayed to the A11 processor, and the dot map is read by an infrared sensor in the device where both the things are transformed into a mathematical model. The iPhone X takes just a second to recognize your face get unlocked.
Face ID In The Dark
As Face ID uses infrared, it seamlessly works in the dark and the low light conditions. The True Depth camera has a Flood Illuminator to ensure that there always remains enough infrared light to scan your face.
You are untrue if you think that you have to hold your iPhone X exactly in front of your face to unlock it. It can work at different angles, so you can easily hold it in any comfortable position. It will not unlock in your pocket as it is the case with the Touch ID. However, as soon as you take it out from your pocket and look at the screen, then it is ready to go.
Face With Hats And Sunglasses
The iPhone X Face ID is smart enough to scan your face in all circumstances. It can seamlessly work with makeup, scarves, glasses, sunglasses, beards, hats, and all other items and accessories that partially obscure a face. It just needs to see your mouth to work, eyes, nose, but things like surgical masks or veil prevent the Face ID from working.
Face ID Apple Pay
The Face ID replaces the Touch ID for authenticating the Apple Pay transactions. If you want to check out with Apple Pay, then a glance is enough for the iPhone X to authenticate a payment. A double-click on the side button will confirm it.
A11 Bionic Processor
It is powered by a 10nm six-core 2.4 GHz A11 Bionic chip. The iPhone X features four high-efficiency cores and two performance cores. Apple claims that high-efficiency cores are 70% faster than the A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7 models. The two performance cores on the A11 are 25% faster than the A10. On the back of those scores, the A11 Bionic chip outpowers the A10 chip by a huge margin.
A11 Bionic Neural Engine
Two cores in the A11 chip are devoted to a neural engine which can process more than 600 billion functions in one second. The neural engine can power Face ID and other machine learning tasks.
The premium iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus have 3 GB RAM. Unfortunately, the iPhone X has 3 GB of RAM too.
Inductive Wireless Charging
Apple selected glass body for the iPhone X to allow inductive wireless charging. Apple is using Qi wireless charging that is available in many Android smartphones too. It means that the iPhone X can charge wirelessly using any Qi inductive charging device.
The device requires the iPhone X to be placed on a charging mat. It will charge at a maximum speed of 7.5 watts. There are also many other Qi wireless charging accessories in the market, like Mophie and Belkin, who have made accessories keeping the iPhone X in mind.
The accessories of Qi-based wireless charging can be found in coffee shops, restaurants, and other places. These places can charge the iPhone X too. The inductive charging will probably work with almost every iPhone case in the accessory market.
Apple is at work on its wireless charging accessory for the iPhone X, the Air Power. However, it will not come until 2018 because the company is developing new technology to charge various devices at once.
The Air Power charging mat will charge the Air Pods in a new Apple Watch Series 3, Air Pods case, and the iPhone X.
Both the rear and the front cameras in the iPhone X have been redesigned. Apple has introduced some striking functionality and enhanced image capturing capabilities in it.
True Depth Camera
The 3D True Depth front facing camera powers the Face ID with its sensors and an infrared camera. There is also a top-notch front camera of 7 megapixels. The aperture of f/2.2 camera assists features like 1080p HD video shooting, Retina Flash using the display, auto HDR, auto image stabilization, and wide color capture.
With the 3D hardware in the True Depth camera, Apple has added Portrait Mode on the front as well as on the rear camera. With Portrait Mode, the front-facing cameras make an in-depth map of a photo that enables shallow depth-of-field effects to be applied to images in real time, making the subject of an image pop out of the background.
The shallow depth-of-field usually is a feature reserved for DSLRs. However, Apple presents dual cameras, intensive software processing, and machine learning specs in its iPhone X to make it comparable with the DSLRs.
The True Depth camera also enables a new exciting feature called “Animoji”. It comprises of animated 3D emoji characters which you can control with your face. To create Animoji, the True Depth camera analyzes more than 50 muscle functions in different areas of the detecting movement of the cheeks, chin, eyebrows, eyes, mouth, lips, and the jaw.
All of your facial movements will be transformed into the Animoji characters, making them reflect your emotion and expression. Animoji can be shared in the Messages app stickers with friends as stickers and as videos. You can also add your voice to make them talk.
There are 12 different Animoji characters to select from, made after current emoji characters: unicorn, chicken, rabbit, panda, pig, poop, fox, alien, dog, cat, robot, and monkey.
The rear iPhone X camera has a dual lens camera in a vertical shape, the first ever for an iPhone model. There is a standard aperture of the f/1.8 aperture of 12-megapixel wide angle lens. Also an aperture of f/2.4 in a 12-megapixel telephoto lens.
Apple is using an improved 12-megapixel sensor in the iPhone X, along with a new shade filter and deeper pixels. (It is not clear what deeper pixels mean.)
The iPhone X features a new Apple-designed Image Signal Processor which can detect the components in a scene. It includes the people, lighting, and motion to optimize images before they are captured. The image signal processor also brings wide color capture, advanced pixel processing, improved HDR, and faster autofocus.
Remarkably, the telephoto camera of the iPhone X supports Optical Image Stabilization. It means that both lenses now support the feature for improved low light performance and better quality photo.
There is a Quad LED True Tone Flash between the two camera lenses with a new Slow Sync feature that amalgamates a slow shutter speed with a strobe pulse for properly exposed background in low light conditions and exposed background.
The flash offers more uniform illumination also for enhanced performance all around.
It is a new Portrait Mode feature that is available on both the rear and the front cameras. It allows you to add top-quality effects to your pictures.
Apple says Portrait Lighting uses classy algorithms to analyze how facial features interact with light. It uses the data to make unique lighting effects like Studio Light to light up your face. Other than the data, it uses the Natural Light, the Contour Light to add dramatic shadows, the Stage Light to spotlight your face against a dark background, and the Stage Light Mono which is actually the Stage Light but in black and white.
The iPhone X can capture 4K video up to 60 FPS (frames per second). It has 1080p slow-motion video up to 240 FPS. It also has advanced video stabilization techniques with more powerful image signal processor. The iPhone X also has a larger sensor to add more stabilization to videos to lessen shakiness and motion blur.
Apple has added a video encoder that’s able to do a real-time picture processing for optimal quality. There is a native support for HEVC compression for the similar video quality with lesser file sizes.
Because of efficiency enhancements in the A11 chip, the iPhone X battery lasts two hours more than the predecessor iPhone 7 or the latest iPhone 8. It falls just a little short of the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 7 Plus. It uses a 2716 mAh battery which is much higher in capacity than 1821 mAh battery in the iPhone 8.
The iPhone X provides up to 12 hours of internet use, 21 hours of talk time, 60 hours of audio playback, and 13 hours of video playback.
The iPhone X is capable of fast charging. It means that it can charge 50% battery in just half an hour. The iPhone X fast charging requires to be plugged into Apples 87W, 61W, or 29W USB-C power adapters. It will be sold with its USB-C MacBook and its Pro versions.
A USB-C to Lightning cable is also needed to go with the USB-C power adapter. The least cost for these accessories is $74.
The iPhone X has LTE advanced technology on which the data transfer speeds up to 450 MB/s. It provides support for more than 20 LTE bands. It makes it more possible to work with networks in other countries when traveling.
In its predecessors, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple was using the chips that are not compatible with CDMA networks of Sprint and Verizon in the US.
AT&T and T-Mobile iPhones are not attuned with the Sprint and Verizon because they only work with GSM networks. Sprint and Verizon iPhones support both CDMA and GSM networks and they are compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile.
Bluetooth And Wi-Fi
It supports Bluetooth 5.0 standard. The 5.0 Bluetooth provide faster speeds, longer range, better interoperability, and larger broadcast message capacity with other wireless technologies.
The 5.0 Bluetooth offers four times better range compared to the Bluetooth 4.2. It is eight times better regarding the broadcast message capacity, and two times better in speed.
GPS And NFC
In addition to the GPS (Global Positioning System) operated by the U.S government, the iPhone X adds support for Europe’s Global Satellite Navigation System, QZSS, and Galileo, the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System used in Japan.
The Galileo support in the iPhone X lets users have a better experience from more precise positioning that can combine GLONASS, GPS, and Galileo signals. Galileo says the agency has a modern signal structure that can help the users to maintain their positions better when navigating through worldwide locations.
As for NFC, there is a new NFC chip with a reader mode. It lets the iPhone X read the NFC tags in places like museums, retail stores, and more.
Wrapping It Up
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