Apple has unveiled its long-rumoured iPhone X to mark the 10-year anniversary of the first ever iPhone. It has been one of the most expected phones in 2017, and it also comes with a hefty price point of $999 or roughly Php 51,000. Along with a radical new edge-to-edge design, the iPhone X includes new tech that enables users to unlock the handset with their face, as well as animated emojis called ‘Animojis’ that mirror the user’s facial expressions.
The expected iPhone X will start with 64GB as it’s entry-level price and jump up to 256GB as it’s top model. Apple has been questioned on why they didn’t make the entry-level 128GB.
The new iPhone’s dimensions are, a height of 5.65 inches, a width of 2.79 inches, a depth of 0.30 inches, and it weights 614 ounces or 174 grams. It is one of the lightest smartphones in 2017.
It has a Super Retina HD Display which is fitted with an 5.8 inch all-screen OLED display. It also has a True-Tone display and Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, which helps keep fingerprint marks on the display not that visible.
The Apple A11 Bionic chip is a 64-bit ARM-based system on a chip which features 2 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores with a M11 processor. According to Apple, the 2 high-performance cores are 25% faster than those on the A10, featured in the iPhone 7. The 4 high-efficiency cores are supposedly 70% faster than those on the A10.
As rumoured, the home button has been completely replaced.
The large touch screen, combined with the new iOS 11 software, enables users to simply swipe up from the foot of the screen at any time to return to the Home screen.
The new camera on the iPhone X the handset’s biggest draw is the TrueDepth camera which enables users to unlock their phone using a facial recognition system called Face ID. Using depth-sensing technologies, the system can map and recognise the user’s face, even in the dark.
This technology also enables the user to send animated emojis called ‘Animojis’ based on their facial expressions
Because of an all glass back, the iPhone X can now accept wireless-charging. During the keynote, Apple gave a sneak-peek on it’s new AirPower wireless-charging pad which can charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods at the same time.
The new iPhone will be sporting an IP67 water-rating. This means the iPhone X is water-resistant on a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes, same as the previous year’s iPhone 7. It is going to survive a spilled drink, but don’t bring it swimming.
Even though it has been rumoured to have a ‘blush gold’ colour, it is just available in space grey or silver. It is still nor certain if there will be any different colours.
Apple fans will have to wait slightly longer for the iPhone X. While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are available for pre-order from 15 September, the iPhone X cannot be ordered until 27 October.
The flagship handset is due to ship on 3 November 2017.