Apple Unveils iPhone X With All-New Design, OLED Super Retina Display, Face ID

September 13, 2017

Apple has officially unveiled the brand new iPhone everyone has been awaiting: iPhone X (pronounced ten). The new model is available in two colors: space gray and silver. Its new Super Retina Display uses a 5.8-inch OLED display with a full-screen design. Like the Apple TV 4K, the iPhone X supports HDR and Dolby Vision. It also supports True Tone like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus announced earlier today.

The Home button is removed, and Tap to Wake is now a feature. You can also use Raise to Wake, then swipe up from the bottom of the display to unlock the iPhone or return to the Home screen. Swipe up and pause to enter multitasking. Siri is invoked with Hey Siri or the new larger side button. Touch ID is replaced with a new Face ID facial recognition feature. Face ID relies on the new True Depth camera system. This feature works even in the dark to unlock your iPhone.

iPhone X features the new A11 Bionic chip with a special neural engine that helps power Face ID. Apple says Face ID can’t be spoofed by photographs, masks, and makeup, and changing your actual appearance with a hat or beard or makeup won’t prevent Face ID from working. Apple says all the processing is completed locally and securely, and the feature only works when you’re eyes are open and you’re paying attention and not looking away.

In terms of security, Touch ID has a 1 in 50,000 stat for security. Face ID beats that with 1 in a million. Face ID is used with Apple Pay and the new side button and in apps that already support Touch ID. iPhone X also uses facial recognition for Apple’s new Animoji feature in Messages. This uses facial tracking to capture your expressive as well as your voice to send animated emoji.

Demo time: Craig Federighi starts the demo with a (failed) Face ID unlock. All of Apple’s apps have been updated to be full screen on the new Super Retina Display. Control Center is accessed by swiping down from the top right corner. iPhone X has dual 12MP sensors with dual optical image stabilization which is a first for the iPhone. Both Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting from the iPhone 8 Plus are also available on iPhone X.

The front-facing camera on iPhone X supports Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting as well. iPhone X features 2 hours more battery life than iPhone 7. Wireless Qi charging is also available through the glass back. Apple is also creating a new charging mat called AirPower that charges iPhone 8 or iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and a new optional AirPods charging case. AirPower is coming sometime next year.

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