Apple has lifted the lid the iPhone X, teaming a radical design with a larger, edge-to-edge screen, facial scanning security and wireless charging. And for the first time ever, there’s no home button.
Unveiled alongside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the entry-level version of the handset comes in at just shy of £1,000.
To justify that outlay, Apple has almost completely overhauled last year’s models.
Much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the iPhone X’s entire front is taken up by an expansive Super Retina 5.8-inch screen. By way of comparison the iPhone 7’s Retina HD display comes in at 4.7 inches. While the ‘supersized’ iPhone 7 Plus’ screen is 5.5-inches and is Full HD.
The other major departure from iPhones Past is that Apple has ditched the home button that has been a staple feature of the range since the first model debuted in 2007.
In so doing, it has freed up space at the front of the phone. And it’s this change that has enabled the tech giant to incorporate the bigger screen without making the iPhone X feel too large and unwieldy.
In place of the fingerprint security that was embedded in the home button, the X uses facial recognition technology. Dubbed Face ID, it scans users’ features, so they can unlock their phone just by looking at it.
Like Touch ID, it can also be used to authenticate payments and can even silence notifications.
In place of the home button you use onscreen gestures. To return to the homescreen, you now just pick up the phone, look at it and swipe the screen.
Siri, which users normally activate by pressing the physical home button, is now fired-up by holding down the ‘wake’/power button at the side of the phone. A double-press will bring up Apple Pay cards.
For the first time ever the iPhone X can be charged wirelessly, while the iOS 11 software that powers the phone brings with it a redesigned Control Centre and peer-to-peer Apple Pay, so you can make money transfers.
And in what’s sure to be one of the most popular additions, the overhauled operating system introduces a hitherto unseen style of animated emoji.
Users can create these using face scans, with their expressions then translated to an animated menagerie of monkeys, unicorns, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats. Of course, there are poos and aliens too.
Completing Apple’s 2017 revamp is the inclusion of improved augmented reality technology in the camera, as well as a new way of combining images taken with the cameras into a single image.
There are dual 12-megapixel lenses (one wide-angle, one telephoto), both of which are aligned vertically and have optical image stabilisation for more detail. Would-be professional photographers will also enjoy dabbling with a revamped Portrait Mode.
This time around, it’s been fortified with advanced lighting simulation for better ‘bokeh’ shots, which bring the subject into sharp focus while blurring out background details.
Available in silver and space grey from launch and 64GB and 256GB storage options, the iPhone X will be available to pre-order October 27th. It’ll then hit shop shelves on 3rd November.