Apple officially unveiled the iPhone X, alongside its preoder and release date, and it is indeed the most futuristic smartphone to date.
The Cupertino-based technology giant claims that the new iPhone X is “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone” and that it “will set the path of technology for the next decade”. The flagship smartphone was launched alongside the more mainstream and less-impressive iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at a special launch media event in Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater.
The new premium and top-of-the-line OLED-equipped iPhone X starting at $999 for the base 64GB storage capacity configuration. You can preorder the handset on October 27th with shipping planned to starts on November 3rd.
As many have expected, Apple completely ditches the traditional physical home button; meaning there is also no Touch ID. The iPhone X boasts what Apple calls a Super Retina display using OLED display technology for richer colors and sharper images. It has 458 pixel per inch, which has the highest pixel density of any smartphone in the iPhone line. Additionally, the device supports HDR, including both the Dolby Vision and and HDR10 standards.
Apple also talked about how the iPhone X can be unlocked by your face and simply by looking at it, because of the TrueDepth Camera System into the notch at the top of the all-screen display.
“With iPhone 10, your iPhone is locked until you look at it, and it recognizes you,” said Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller. “Nothing has ever been more simple, natural and effortless. We call this Face ID. Face ID is the future of how we unlock our smartphones and protect our sensitive information.”
The phone does it by first taking a geometrical model of the users face. It then users those sensors and process Neural Network embedded in the A11 Bionic chip in real time to check whether the person holding the smartphone’s face matches up with the one it has stored in it.
Apple said that the Face ID biometric (1:1M ratio) is far more accurate than the TouchID fingerprint scanner (1:50K ratio) that is used in all of Apple’s phones up until now, including the iPhone 8 that was released at the event.
The iPhone X also has a improved camera system with dual optical image stabilization (OIS) on both rear-facing shooter, a “Portrait Lighting” mode, and of course, updates for Apple’s very own AR platform, ARKit. The handset also increased the battery life on the device, Qi wireless charging capabilities, and an glass panel on the front and back. The phone will be available in space gray and silver color variants. Apple also said that an in-house-made wireless charging pad “Power Air” is coming next year.