Tim Cook took the stage at Apple’s new “spaceship” campus to unveil the company’s latest gadget. On iPhone’s 10th anniversary, the tech giant saw it fitting to unveil the iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10).
The device brings up a major design change after a long time. Catching up with the Android counterparts, the phone offers an edge-to-edge display with very thin bezels. Because of this, the phone looks the size of a 4.7-inch iPhone despite packing in a larger 5.8-inch screen.
With this phone, Apple is also ditching the metal body in favour of glass construction. The iPhone X boasts of water and dust resistance like its predecessor. The phone lacks a Home button. So the navigation is taken care of by the onscreen keys and gestures in iOS 11. Apple has also done away with the fingerprint sensor that powered the Touch ID unlock feature. The iPhone X can be unlocked using face recognition technology. Dubbed as Face ID, this tech uses a dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator to map and recognise a face.
The iPhone X going to be the first phone from Apple to sport an OLED screen. So far, all the iPhones featured LCD screens. The company calls it a “Super Retina” display. The 5.8-inch screen packs in 2436×1125 pixels.
To please the shutterbugs, the phone offers a 12 MP dual camera setup. The secondary lens enables features such as background blur and optical zoom. Apple has also baked in OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). The iPhone X also delivers 4K video capture up to 60 fps. You can also shoot slo-mo at 240fps. For selfie-addicts, the phone offers a 7 MP camera.
The iPhone X is powered by the new A11 Bionic chip that boasts of six cores. It features a six-core CPU design with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster and four efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion. The GPU has also received a 30 percent performance boost. To handle multitasking, the phone is equipped with 3 GB RAM. Apple has also integrated wireless (induction) charging tech in the phone.
iPhones have always been quite expensive. However, for the first time, they have hit a $1000 mark. The base model of iPhone X is priced at thousand dollars. iPhone X will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3.