Sep
13
2017

[iPhone X] The Newest Apple Fell A Bit Far From The Tree

iPhone X

Remember the leaked photos and rumors about iPhone 8 we’ve all been gushing about? Turns out it was not the iPhone 8; it’s the iPhone X (pronounced as ten). If you ask us what the heck happened to cardinal number counting, it could be because it has been 10 years since the first iPhone was released.

Anyway, let’s go to the specs and features of iPhone X.

As previously rumored, the phone will ditch its home button and use FaceID instead of TouchID. And true enough, you won’t find the home button anywhere on the X. RIP old pal.

The FaceID

The Faced ID uses a neural engine for AI learning. If you’re worried about it not being able to recognize you, don’t. Apple claims it can recognize you even when you’re wearing a hat, glasses, and makeup. It also asserts there is only one in a million chance when your “FaceID can be defeated by another person” because it uses Secure Enclave. This technology ensures the ID is encrypted and protected from spoofers who’d use your photos or masks.

The technology includes an infrared camera, flood illuminator, and dot projector. The dot projector creates an invisible map on your face, which is made up of 30, 000 dots. The infrared camera then reads this map and sends it to the chip. The latter confirms or rejects a match. The flood illuminator helps in identifying your face even when the light is not very cooperative.

Through the FaceID, you can unlock your phone, apps, and pay for services fast.

But what if you’re asleep and a sneaking SO uses your face to unlock it?

Apple has predicted that possibility so they made sure the FaceID functions only when you are looking into it—with your eyes open, obviously.

The screen

And because the home button has been put to rest, the bezel has been shrunk, which gave way to the OLED screen that is now 5.8” with a Super Retina display.

The screen boasts of 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 2346 x  1125 pixel resolution at 458 ppi, accurate colors, true blacks, high brightness, and 3D touch.  It also has a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating that protects it.

And one more thing:

Since the home button is missing from the iPhone X, the screen is now your key to wake it up. Tap it, and the screen lights up.

The cameras

The front camera is paired with more gizmos to bring you better images, and together, Apple calls them the TrueDepth camera.

The TrueDepth camera prides itself with 7 megapixels, f/2.2 aperture, retina flash, and body and face detection.

These features may not excite you much, but we’d bet the animoji will.

What’s animoji?

Animated emoji or animoji, in short, will use the TrueDepth camera to scan and detect your facial expressions and translate them to an emoji. This will be sent as a video with your voice as the audio via the iOS 11 Messages app.

Aside from the innovative front camera, the rear camera received some upgrades too. It now has dual 12 MP cameras, larger sensors, additional color filters, and deeper pixels.

It can also record 4K videos at 24, 30, or 60 fps and slo-mo videos at 120 or 240 fps.

Other specs

Internally, you get either a 64GB or 256GB or storage, A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture—a 6-core system—and the latest iOS.

iPhone X is also water resistant and supports wireless charging. The wireless charger for Apple won’t be available until next year, but the good news is you may use any compatible 3rd party wireless chargers.

This is such a relief for those who forget their chargers randomly then finds out everyone else in the room is not an iPhone user.

And, oh, before we forget, iPhone X also lasts two hours longer than the iPhone 7 and is capable of fast charging. You can get up to 50% of juice in just 30 minutes of charging.

It comes in two colors so far: space gray and silver, is .30” thick, and weighs 6.14 oz.

The price

The 64GB sells for $999 while the bigger for $1149.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

If the iPhone X is a bit heavy for your pocket, you may opt for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus instead.

These two other phones Apple launched are highly similar to the previous iPhones—home button and all—with some enhanced features.

What’s new

  • Glass design. Just like the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus support wireless charging and for them to be able to do that, they have to be made of glass.
  • True Tone. This technology adjusts white balance according to the light around you to make sure you can see the phone display even on a very bright day.
  • Better cameras. The dual 12 MP cameras now have larger and faster sensor plus optical image stabilization for both photos and videos. Studio lighting effects in Portrait mode is also added.
  • A11 Bionic. Just like the iPhone X, these two phones are powered by a 6-core chip—two performance cores and four efficiency cores.
  • Faster GPU. The new three-core GPU claims to be 30% faster than the previous one.

The two phones may not be as revolutionary as the iPhone X, but they sure have better bells and whistles than the previous iPhones.

Plus, they are also cheaper—$699 for the 64GB iPhone 8, $799 for the 8 Plus, $849 for the 256GB iPhone 8 and $949 for the 8 Plus.

iOS 11

All three phones come with the latest operating system for iPhone and iPad, and these are some its new features:

  • Files app. You can now see all your documents and other files in one folder.
  • Dock for iPad. This feature lets you see your favorite and most recently used apps easily.
  • Drag and Drop for iPad. Through this app, multitasking is easier as well as the movement of texts, photos, and files.
  • Camera. Face detection, autofocus, and exposure control are performed at the same time so you can capture images in a flash.
  • Apple Pay. You may now send payment via the new Messages app.
  • Augmented Reality. Almost anything the AR technology has to offer is now available for iOS-enabled devices.

Preorder for the 8 and 8 Plus starts Sept. 15 to be released on Sept. 22. The iPhone X preorder goes live on Oct. 27 and will be available Nov. 3.

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