Yesterday, Apple introduced a new smartphone to the world, the iPhone X. The iPhone X was an additional device besides the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus that the company unveiled yesterday. The iPhone X (iPhone 10) comes to the market on the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone and from the look of things, it is an amazing device, even better than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in my opinion.
Apple sees the iPhone X as the device paving way for the next smartphone revolution. The biggest change that you can see with the iPhone X is the removal of the physical home button. With that gone, you get a bigger display and Apple hopes this is what the future looks like. Will this be the case? Well, it’s hard to tell at the moment, we have to wait and see what the experience is with the iPhone X and if other manufacturers embrace this.
From the rumours that have been circulating online the past few weeks, we were expecting to see the iPhone X but I did not expect it to be that different from the iPhone 8/8 Plus. Apple is really taking a big risk with this device and you have to commend the company for that move. Such a huge risk can work really well for the company or may backfire. For Apple, the risk is worth taking and the reception has been good so far. Keep in mind this reception is based on the reaction of people who were following the announcement and not necessarily those who have had a hands-on look at the device.
Either way, the iPhone X is a welcomed addition to the iPhone family. It is a different device from what we are used to seeing from Apple. The iPhone X has the first AMOLED display ever used by Apple on an iPhone. The company says that this is a Super Retina Display and that it had to ensure that if it used an AMOLED display, it used the best one worthy of its standards. This display has a resolution of 1,125 x 2,436 pixels with 458ppi pixel density making it the sharpest iPhone yet.
With the lack of a physical home button and the existence of very thin bezels, Apple says users will be able to unlock the iPhone X by swiping up or by using FaceID. There are a bunch of sensors at the top of the front display and this make it possible to use FaceID and unlock the phone by just looking at it.
Apple says that FaceID can work perfectly in the dark because it uses a flood illuminator and a projector that paints 30,000 points on your face. The company says this is much more secure than TouchID and has a failure rate of 1 out of every 1,000,000. Funny thing is that during the presentation FaceID did not work that well.
When using the iPhone X, you can bring up the multitasking option by swiping up and holding when the screen is unlocked. To go to the home screen, just swipe up to “throw” the app.
Another new addition with the iPhone X is what Apple is calling animojis. These mimic your facial expression and you can send one as a fixed expression of record an animated message with your voice.
At the back of the iPhone X, the dual camera setup is the first on mobile to be able to shoot 4K videos at 2160p videos at 60fps. Those who may not be impressed with this that much should know that you can also record 1080p videos at 240fps.
Even though Apple did not reveal the battery capacity, it said that the iPhone X uses Qi standard for wireless charging. This is the first device from the company to support wireless charging. The battery used also supports fast charging and can gain 50% charge with just 30 minutes of charging.
IPhone X sales will begin on November 3 for $999 (approximately Ksh 103,000) for the 64GB model and about $1300 for the 256GB model. Available colours include silver and space grey.
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