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iPhone X: five ways it will change tech in 2018 and beyond

It’s not much more than a week since the iPhone X was finally released by Apple, almost two months after the all-screen smartphone was unveiled at a special event at the company’s new Apple Park campus.

And as the dust settles, it’s becoming clearer just how it’s going to change the way we look at and use tech over the next year.

From design tweaks to how much we pay, here are five ways the iPhone X is set to shake things up.

What did we make of the iPhone X? Read the uSwitch review.

1 Smartphone design will go all-screen all the time

iPhone X screenshot gesture

Apple isn't the first to ditch the home button in favour of an all–screen design.

Samsung did so on the highly rated Galaxy S8 the best part of a year ago now. And with huge success too.

But seeing as the iPhone as the de facto king of the smartphones, you can expect its influence to spread across the smartphone market.

OnePlus’s imminent 5T is said to be ditching its home button for an all–screen front, and you can expect budget devices from more major players to do the same in 2018.

Where Apple leads, others tend to follow.

2 Changes to tablets too

It’s not just smartphones that will be feeling the influence of the iPhone X.

Reports from Bloomberg, citing inside sources, suggest that Apple will launch a new iPad Pro that takes major design cues from its new handset.

That means no home button and the inclusion of a TrueDepth camera for Face ID, with a shift to a smaller frame thanks to there being no need for bezels at the top and bottom of the slate.

Expect to see something similar from Samsung.

3 Facial recognition across the board

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 facial recognition tech hero size

Face ID has got the smartphone business in something of a spin.

Its 3D mapping technology is more secure and more complex than Samsung’s version on the Galaxy S8, but that won’t stop the latter going all in to improve its efforts with its 2018 range.

Likewise, Google will surely offer facial scanning with its 2018 Pixel line-up. And LG and HTC won’t want to be left behind, either.

4 The end of fingerprint scanners

iphone touch id

Samsung and other Android mobile-makers are unlikely to drop their fingerprint scanners completely.

But with Apple said to be planning to ditch Touch ID from its entire range 2018 iPhones, surely the end is nigh for tech which only really went mainstream four years ago.

If Face ID can offer better security than Touch ID, it seems a no-brainer for Apple to make the change.

And if rivals can get their tech up to the same level, phones from 2019 onwards may no longer feature fingerprint scanners at all.

5 Phones are going to get more expensive

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Its hefty £999 SIM–free price might make some baulk, but it appears Apple has a huge hit on its hands with the iPhone X.

Contract fees are huge too, with networks asking as much as £99 a month. That sets a precedent that competitors cannot ignore.

While some will offer more affordable phones, others will see it as a chance to go toe to toe with Apple and equip their devices with cutting-edge tech that demands a high price.

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