Last week, Apple unveiled its highly anticipated iPhone X, on the tenth anniversary of the iPhone.
In November, it will be released along with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus. However, the iPhone X is more expensive with a starting price of around $1000, and has several features that makes it unique from the iPhone 8 -- or any of Apple’s previous products.
Speaking at the Steve Jobs theater in Apple's new campus, CEO Tim Cook said -- "The first iPhone revolutionized a decade of technology. Now 10 years later it is only fitting that we are here in this place on this day to reveal a product that will set the path for technology for the next decade."
iPhone X - Special Features
Both sides of the phone are made of glass, with a stainless steel band running along the edges. For the first time, one side is completely screen, which means overall, there is a larger display on a smaller phone. The classic home button is gone, replaced by a swiping motion on the top right of the screen. The phone also uses wireless charging.
Apple's iPhone X will also be the first time the company is switching to OLED display screen from its current LCD Retina display. OLED screens have been available from TV manufacturers, and is known for its sharp color and contrast, as well as efficient use of power. For those interested in learning more about OLED, read our earlier article HERE.
By far, the most unique feature of the iPhone X is its ability to recognize faces. Not only does it give the phone a high-tech feel, but it’s arguably the biggest change that has been made to the iPhone since its release. Apple is moving away from Touch ID (fingerprint verification) to Face ID, claiming that Face ID makes phones much more secure. In addition to unlocking your phone, Face ID can work apple pay and other apps with a single look.
While facial recognition is new to Apple products, the idea itself is not new. In fact, many other major companies such as Microsoft and Samsung already have had facial recognition technology, but it just hasn’t come into the limelight. Read our article on facial recognition HERE.
Apple’s Face ID works with a variety of sensors located on the front of the phone that work together in a system called TrueDepth. Looking at your phone triggers the sensors to detect your face, take an infrared photo, and map your face with more than 30,000 dots. By matching dot constructions, the iPhone determines whether the phone will unlock.
For those that are worried about changes in appearance, Apple has assured that unless the appearance change is drastic, Face ID should work without problem. With that being said, glasses, hats, haircuts shouldn’t affect how its function.