iPhone X is finally here. No home button, better camera, infinity screen and... animojis. Here's everything you need to know.
What with the iPhone enjoying its 10th birthday this year, we weren’t surprised when Apple celebrated by announcing the arrival of the iPhone X (pronounced ‘iPhone 10’). According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, it’s “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.”
We’ve been waiting patiently ever since for the moment we could get our hands on one – and finally, that day has come. High-five, everyone: we made it.
So why are we so excited about today’s invitation to join the party and order an iPhone X for ourselves? Let us count the ways.
The iPhone X boasts the screen of our dreams
The design is where the iPhone X excels – it allows the phone to be all screen – edge to edge, top to bottom. The fully glass exterior follows the same super strong formula as the iPhone 8, and is equally dust, water and splash proof.
However, instead of settling for just the Retina display, they’ve upgraded us to the Super Retina Display. Measuring 5.8 inches diagonally, the phone has a breathtaking 2436 x 1125 resolution – giving you up to 2.7 million pixels in that screen. That makes for a resolution of 458ppm – the highest ever on an iPhone.
It’s also the first OLED display used on an iPhone. Apple have perfected the technology to bring us a Super Retina display that offers HDR display, Dolby Vision and HDR10, 3D Touch and TrueTone colour display.
The iPhone X is for selfie lovers
The iPhone X’s dual-lens, vertically aligned main camera, with Quad-LED TrueTone flash, Apple designed video encoder. with optical image stabilisation, means it’s the go-to model if photography matters to you.
But it’s the addition of a second lens to the front-facing camera that has us truly giddy. This allows users to apply the dreamy Portrait Mode effect to our selfies as well as our normal photos.
Apple have even gone one further with Portrait Mode, introducing Portrait Lighting Mode (beta) – which takes your already exquisite selfies and photos and applies astonishingly lifelike lighting effects to them. These aren’t ‘filters’ – we’re talking lighting effects that look like they’ve been set up by a professional.
The iPhone X has beefed-up security
The coolest feature on the newest iPhone may just be its improved security features. Namely the infrared sensors that can recognise your face and unlock your device when you look at it, which are used in tandem with a 3D camera.
Also, before you ask, yeah it can deal with make-up, glasses, hats, wigs, and a whole other host of other personal quirks. Apple think that there’s only a one in a million chance that someone can access your phone with their face, if it’s not registered with Face ID. Compare that to one in 50,000 for the Touch ID seen on the iPhone 7 and 7S (and the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8S) and that’s pretty impressive.
Not only can this cool feature be used to unlock your phone, it also lets you authenticate purchases in Apple Pay and third party apps.
The iPhone X animates your face
Our favourite feature of the iPhone X has to be the new animated emojis – or Animojis.
Using facial recognition technology, you can now animate your favourite emojis to mirror your facial expressions, and even talk like you. Suddenly you can be a grumpy panda. A laughing kitten. A frowning poo. And you can record little looping videos, voice messages and pictures to your contacts.
You can use the iPhone X for longer
With 2 hours of extra battery life, iPhone X is a godsend for those of us who like to burn the smartphone at both ends (so to speak). Just like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, it can charge wirelessly, but if plugged in to charge, it can also fill to 50% in as little as 30 minutes.
What are you waiting for?
We can imagine there’ll be a bit of a rush on – so if you’re as excited as we are about all these developments, we suggest you order the iPhone X.
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Featured image courtesy of Apple.