The iPhone X is here. And by the way, that’s pronounced “iPhone ten”, not “iPhone ex”.
That’s because Apple’s flagship phone for 2017 is the extra-special cherry on top to mark the 10th anniversary of the very first iPhone in 2007, which revolutionized everything a smartphone could be. We owe a simple interface, apps, and the advent of the home button to Apple. (That last bit makes it extra ironic that in the iPhone X, that iconic home button has gotten the heave-ho. More on that below.)
Ten years on, the iPhone X is also one of the inaugural products ever to launch from Apple’s brand new Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s equally new “spaceship” campus in Cupertino, Calif. Along with the iPhone 8 and — which were also announced Tuesday — the iPhone X will lock arms against Samsung’s best-selling Galaxy Note 8, LG’s video-focused V30 and Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 for smartphone supremacy.
iPhone X price and when to buy it
The iPhone X ain’t cheap. It’ll sell for $999, and ship November 3. Preorders start October 27. That pricing converts to £752 and AU$1,246, by the way, but we’ll replace these numbers with actual regional pricing when we have them.
iPhone X specs highlights:
- 5.8-inch OLED display
- 2,436×1,135-pixel resolution (Apple calls this a Super Retina display)
- 458ppi pixel density
- Animojis make emojis out of you
- Dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with OIS on both cameras
- Portrait mode with portrait lighting feature
- Front-facing camera has portrait mode now, too
- No home button
- Face ID to unlock the phone (hold your phone up to your face)
- A11 Bionic processor
- Glass back and front
- Supports wireless charging
- 64GB and 256GB options
Space grey and silver
No more home button: This is huge
Unlock the phone with Face ID
Face ID, which uses a bunch of cameras, including the front-facing camera and IR camera, to scan your face and let you in to your iPhone. What about tricking the phone with photos of yourself? Apple says that won’t happen; it’s made masks to train the phones to distinguish you from your photo…and that of your evil twin. It will work with third-party apps, too.
You just raise the phone, look at it, and swipe to unlock. How do you exit and app and get back to the home screen? Just swipe (see the GIF at right for a demo).
Launch Siri with a button press
If you’re not using your voice, you press and hold a side button to get Apple’s assistant going.
It’s still here, never fear. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, then continue to hold while swiping left or right to switch apps.
Buy stuff with Apple Pay
You can still do this even with no home button. Tap the side button twice to launch Face ID for Apple Pay.
Animojis use Face ID to make emojis out of you
You can create a new, living breed of emojis with iPhone X. Called animojis (a portmanteau of “emoji” and “animal”), the new feature taps into Face ID to lend animals your expressions in a message. There’s a cat, panda, unicorn, fox, monkey, pig, alien, dog, rabbit, rooster, robot and…poo. Hey, Apple, poo is not an animal. (Ok, I guess robots and aliens aren’t, either.)
Animojis live as an app right inside messages.
Wireless charging pad (sneak peek)
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