The anniversary iPhone is here. The iPhone X. Or the iPhone 10. The name is as confusing as the product itself is game-changing. Tim Cook’s vision finally overwhelmed Steve Jobs ideological remnants. A new dawn for the iPhones has begun, free of the iconic Home key and the notorious screen bezels.
These past ten years of iPhones has contributed a lot to the industry’s development – the capacitive touchscreen, the glass design, the fingerprint scanner, the force press, the portrait mode. We’ve seen Apple push the envelope each time by putting obscure technological breakthroughs in the hands of millions. And now they’ve done it yet again.
The Face ID. Once a software gimmick, Apple has made it the next-step in biometric security. The company was so sure in its capabilities that it immediately retired the Touch ID. The Face ID sensor also made possible a new level of selfies and incredible accurate facial expression tracking with the Animojis. A little nudge capable of pushing the whole industry.
And of course, the bezel-less screen. Dropping the huge bezels alone was enough, but Apple went all in with an all-screen for the iPhone X. Moreover, an AMOLED one, how about that?! Rightfully deserved, especially for a special edition smartphone such as the X. Or the 10. It takes time to get used to the sound of it. We’re way more used to seeing the letter rather than the number when it comes to phone names through the years.
The iPhone X gets the best of everything Apple and its providers have had in the lab. A new AMOLED HDR screen. A new steel frame. A new camera with dual optical stabilization. The best chipset on the market. A new front camera with depth-detection. Wireless charging. All that at the expense of a little notch.
Apple iPhone X key features
- Body: Stainless steel frame, reinforced glass front, and rear, IP67 certified for water and dust resistance. Space Gray, and Silver color options.
- Screen: 5.8″ bezel-less Super AMOLED screen of 1125 x 2436px resolution, 458ppi. HDR video support, wide color gamut. True Tone adjustment via a six-channel ambient light sensor, 3D Touch.
- OS: Apple iOS 11
- Chipset: Hexa-core (2 Monsoon + 4 Mistral) 2.39GHz Apple CPU, tri-core Apple GPU, Apple A11 Bionic SoC
- Memory: 3GB of RAM; 64/256GB of internal storage (non-expandable)
- Camera: Dual 12MP camera: wide-angle F/1.8 with OIS + telephoto F/2.4 with OIS, live bokeh effects (including Portrait mode and Portrait Lightning), 2x lossless zoom, quad-LED flash with slow sync, phase detection auto focus, wide color gamut capture
- Video recording: 2160p@60/30fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps video recording
- Selfie: 7MP F/2.2 front-facing camera with BSI sensor and HDR mode, 1080p@30fps video, depth detection for Portrait mode and animoji
- Storage: 64GB or 256GB of built-in storage
- Connectivity: 4G LTE Cat.12 (600Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 5.0; Lightning port; GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS; NFC (Apple, NFC tag reading)
- Battery: 2,716mAh battery, wireless charging (Qi compatible)
- Misc: Face ID through dedicated TrueDepth camera, Stereo speakers, Taptic Engine
- The notch not only is an eye sore but it has affected the UI design in unexpected ways
- Gone is the excellent TouchID fingerprint sensor
- No 3.5mm audio jack (ships with a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter)
- No memory expansion via a microSD
- iTunes dependency for uploading content
- No fast charger provided in the box (and the optional one is expensive)
- Video camera still recording mono audio only
- iOS doesn’t seem to make the best use of the available screen real estate or doesn’t do a great job of replacing the Home button
Some say the iPhone X screen is a notch bigger than the iPhone 8’s and they aren’t far away from the truth. And the notch itself may be annoyingly obvious at times, for sure. But it’s not the name you have to remember, but the new iOS gestures with a steep learning curve and questionable logic.
The history does not only remember Apple for its technological pushes, but also for some aggressive, ahead-of-the-curve cuts such as the analog jack, the memory expansion, and the non-removable battery to name a few. And now, the fingerprint sensor.
Exit iPhone 8, enter iPhone X. It’s time to see what Apple worked on in complete secrecy this past year. As we’re bidding farewell to a cherished past, what does the future hold for us? Let’s meet the X.