Why you’ll love the iPhone X
Apple’s latest and best ever smartphone has landed. With a revamped design and new exciting features, it’s sure to delight any iPhone fan. Find out why we love it! (It’s pronounced ‘iPhone ten’, by the way.)
The Technical Details
- 5.8-inch super AMOLED display
- 1125 x 2436 resolution
- Dual 12-megapixel rear camera
- 7-megapixel True Depth front camera
- 64/256GB storage
- 3GB RAM
- Battery TBA
Brand New Design
The rumours were true - Apple’s brand new smartphone brought about a revolution in terms of design. Gone is the home button, allowing for a much larger, edge-to-edge screen similar to the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The iPhone X looks nothing like what we’re used to, in the best way possible. By putting this much emphasis on a wider, longer screen, Apple is showcasing the true quality of their new AMOLED display. The colours and contrasts are bright, deep and rich, and features ultra-HD definition for the ultimate viewing experience.
But let’s talk about the elephant in the room - or rather, the elephant that left the room. What’s a home-button-less iPhone like? Pretty amazing, it turns out. It makes the whole front of the phone look much smoother and minimalist.
The edge-to-edge screen on the iPhone X gives you a full 5.8-inches of viewing pleasure. This is a full 0.3 inches larger than the iPhone 8 Plus, yet the physical size of the X is smaller than the 8 Plus - it's actually closer in size to the iPhone 8. That's how much extra screen you're getting on your X without making your hands ache.
It's also the first iPhone with an OLED screen. Organic Light Emitting Diods (OLED) screens use a series of thin, light emitting films, rather than an array of LED bulbs. This allows OLED screens to be much brighter yet use less energy, which saves your battery life.
Now that Samsung has done it, it only made sense for Apple to follow suit and introduce facial recognition to their devices. Introduced as one of the most secure forms of technology on the market, Face ID allows users to unlock their phone just by looking at it.
Much like Touch ID, Face ID first needs to be set up by entering your facial details into the phone. This is done by taking a number of selfies from different angles (just like you have to move your finger around when setting up Touch ID.)
To unlock the handset, simply raise the phone up to your face - and the software will do the rest. It’s also designed to get smarter the more you use it, and learn to recognise your face from more angles, distances, and light.
Those animated emojis
You may or may not have seen the iPhone X launch event with Apple's Craig Federighi demonstrating the animated emojis live on stage. If not, you may have seen one of the memes that quickly flooded the internet in the hours that followed.
Using the handset's Face ID to track your movement and facial expressions, these Animojis can mimic your every laugh, head nod or sad face. Using Apple's Message App in iOS 11, you can make and share your own Animoji amongst your friends. There are 12 animojis to begin with, including, you'll be pleased to hear, the Poop emoji. This means that with the iPhone X, you will be able to send your mum an animated emoji of yourself as a poop.
The iPhone X comes with not one, but two cameras on its rear, which stack vertically, in order to encourage users to hold their phone in landscape mode when recording video... among other reasons. The main sensor is 12-Megapixels, with an aperture of f/1.8, while the secondary sensor shares the number of Megapixels and offers f/2.4, which means it enables a factor of two optical zoom over the main sensor.
This all means that you can take some neat photos that focuses on a central image and blurs the background. It also enables the central image to be illuminated.
The camera on the iPhone X also features optical image stabilisation on both of its sensors; something that the iPhone 8 doesn't support. This enables much sharper images to be shot in low level light, meaning your snaps at gigs or parties are likely to pick out every blemish and embarrassing moment.
Two Realities For The Price Of One
Is normal life boring you? Have you always dreamed of watching dinosaurs walking around your city? Then you’re in luck, because the iPhone X is all about Augmented Reality (AR).
AR, the Luigi to VR’s Mario, is featured on the X, iPhone 8, and 8 Plus - and it’s pretty entertaining. Using the phone’s camera, and a brand new AR platform known as ARKit, users can superimpose videos onto the real world - like shown during the Apple Event.
So what can you do with AR? Play games, mostly - which is great news for anyone who’s a big fan of mobile games. But it’s also great news for the future of AR. If anyone can help bring this often forgotten form of technology to the mainstream, it’s Apple - so we can expect to see more people than ever playing on their phones soon.