LATEST: Apple has finally revealed the next generation iPhone X aka iPhone 10 to a captive audience of millions. Apple CEO Tim Cook did the honors at the Steve Jobs Theater, noting that the Apple “team has been hard at work for years on something that is important to all of us”. Cook particularly referenced the tenth anniversary of the iPhone range, boldly asserting that this new smartphone release will “set the path for technology for the next decade.”
Confusingly for fans of the smartphone series, the iPhone X aka iPhone 10 is pronounced by Apple executives at least as iPhone 10. But many of the early announced features of this smartphone were exactly as expected. With a glass front and behind, the iPhone X is designed for wireless charging; more on that later.
Firstly, the dominant new feature of this next-generation smartphone is the 5.8-inch display that dominates the front panel of the device. This wraparound screen will very much update the iPhone concept, and will undoubtedly make this device the most sought-after of the three new iPhone releases.
As had also been predicted, Apple has dropped the Home button from the iPhone range in favor of a new Face ID system. It doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as leaks from a disgruntled employee in the last 48 hours had pretty much revealed this already. However, it was still refreshing to hear this confirmed by the Apple hierarchy, ahead of the final release of the iPhone 10.
The display is certainly a massive improvement on previous iPhone releases in terms of resolution, delivering 458 pixels per inch. The super retina screen also supports HDR, meaning that the iPhone screen will never have looked so crisp and detailed.
Apple was keen to emphasize that the new Face ID system is compatible with the Apple Pay mobile payment system, along with any third-party applications that already accept the Touch ID system. Assorted Apple employees demonstrated that accessing the home screen is now achieved by simply swiping upwards. “The point of it is to enable an entirely new experience,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s VP of marketing, asserted.
According to Apple, the new Face ID system is also 20 times more secure than the existing Touch ID security feature. This is clearly the major motivation for introducing the new technology, in a climate in which mobile security is increasingly sensitive.
Apple also demonstrated so-called ‘animojis’; animated emojis that a user controls with their face. These will be made available through the Messages app. Craig Federighi, senior VP of software engineering, successfully demonstrated this features to the assembled audience and masses watching worldwide.
Wireless charging and camera
The glass-backed smartphone can also be charged wirelessly, with a new AirPower device able to handle multiple devices. Camera features have also been improved in the iPhone X aka iPhone 10, with improved flash, better low-light performance, and portrait lighting for selfies. People are going to be blown away with the selfies you can take,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s VP of marketing, suggested.
Apple also promised improved battery life from the iPhone 10, although there weren’t too many specific details on this. What we do know, though, is that the entry-level version of the iPhone X will set you back $999, with 64GB and 128GB models available.
UPDATE: 09-12-2017: Today is the big unveiling day for the iPhone X aka iPhone 10, with this critical date in the technology calendar kicking off at 10am Pacific Time. Apple is expected to announce the iPhone X alongside it two other iPhone 8 upgrades, and a wide range of other products. The eyes of the technology world will be firmly squared on the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, as we wait to see what the tenth anniversary of the iPhone range has in store.
The iPhone X release date is expected to be in October according to the latest information, after a major leak occurred in the last few days. iPhone products will be released in a staggered fashion in 2017, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus arriving late in September, ahead of the iPhone X device.
The general consensus of opinion is that the iPhone X price will be in the region of $1,000. However, this will only apply to the entry-level version of the smartphone. It is believed that the premium iPhone X price may be in the region of $1,200. Major carriers will offer 24-month deals, though, which will reduce the purchasing price for consumers.
With Apple intending to release a revolutionary model in order to mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone range, there will be a whole raft of new iPhone X features. Central to these will be the inclusion of augmented reality functionality, with Apple CEO Tim Cook having already enthusiastically thrown the weight of the corporation behind this new technology.
Expect augmented reality to play a major role in the Apple unveiling event, and for this new AR system to deliver both gaming and security functionality.
Of all the iPhone 8 specs, the display to be included in the device is undoubtedly of critical importance. This is particularly true as Apple is completely redesigning the screen of the iPhone X, delivering a wraparound OLED display that will see the appearance of the smartphone alter significantly from previous iterations.
The 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen will dominate the front panel of the device, eliminating bezels almost entirely from the design. It is also believed that this shift in the iPhone concept will signal the end of the traditional Home button, with these features instead being integrated within the screen.
This display will also deliver Quad HD resolution, meaning that the iPhone X aka iPhone 10 panel will be capable of displaying more pixels than any previous Apple mobile release.
The redesigning of the iPhone X means that the size of the smartphone will be rather pleasing for those who prefer contact mobile devices. It is expected that the body of the iPhone X aka iPhone 10 will slot neatly between the size of the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus.
A glass design is expected, meaning that Apple will abandon the aluminum casing that it has used in recent years, possibly leading to an end to the ugly antenna lines that have been criticized previously.
Another major advantage of the glass design is that it will enable Apple to implement its wireless charging system. Reports have suggested that the consumer electronics giant has been tinkering with this new technology behind the scenes, and is ready to introduce a wireless charging mechanism that enables iPhone X uses to charge their devices at an impressive 15 feet.
Of all iPhone X features, the new Face ID