Revolutionary iPhone X (10) newest features – A big leap forward?
iPhone X – Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone on September 12th, Apple honoured its late co-founder Steve Jobs by revealing its newest phone, the iPhone X – the ‘X’ actually being the roman numeral ’10’. It is also the most expensive iPhone to date at $999 USD, which at the writing of this article would convert into well over $1200 CDN. That’s a whole lot of apples.
Calling it the ‘biggest leap forward since the original iPhone’, Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, introduced the new phone to a full house at its new headquarters in Cupertino, California. He claimed it is ‘the new revolution in smartphones everywhere’, with ‘incredible state of the art technology’ – and perhaps it is true. But beside the $999 USD price tag, there are questions and concerns from many iPhone enthusiasts about the phone’s reliability and security.
For example, one of the most advanced and highly anticipated features of the new phone is ‘Facial Recognition’, used to unlock the phone instead of a fingerprint or passcode – but a demonstration by Apple senior vice president Craig Federighi at the launch initially failed to unlock it with Face ID. That could be very worrisome when needing to make an important call or access information. As for security, Apple is adding sensors to improve performance and said they worked with ‘mask designers’ during testing to improve it. They claim there is a ‘one in a million’ chance another person could look at your iPhone and unlock it with their face, but there is a slightly higher possibility if the person is a relation. For anyone who has been told, ‘you look just like your (fill in the blank)’ – it could be highly disconcerting.
Another question remains, is all this advanced technology really necessary? Below are some of the top features of the iPhone X – you can decide for yourself.
CONSTRUCTION: It is constructed entirely of sturdy glass and stainless steel, comes in black and white with the stainless steel polished to match the color of the phone.
FACE ID: Used for unlocking the phone, as well as for Apple Pay and third-party apps. Its new ‘True Depth’ camera system features an infrared element for low light, with eight different cameras and sensors combined to instantly recognize the owner’s face – even if you are wearing glasses or change your hair.
NO HOME BUTTON: The ‘home button’ functionality has been changed. You simply swipe up from the bottom to get to the home screen – allowing for an all-screen front.
CAMERA: The True Depth camera features dual 12 MP cameras, larger and faster sensors, dual optical image stabilization, better low-light zoom and improved video stabilization, as well as other new features.
ANIMOJI: The new True Depth camera system also has a new feature called Animoji – where you can create your own personal expressions and movements on standard animated emojis.
WIRELESS CHARGING: iPhone X supports Qi wireless charging and Apple has a new charging mat capable of charging an iPhone X, Apple Watch and an AirPod all at the same time.
The iPhone X will only be available in Canada beginning this November 3rd. With the phone costing twice as much as the original iPhone, do you think people will be lining up to get a new one like every new release to date? Do you think all the advancements in technology and all the added features are worth it?