After a year of leaks, rumors, and gossip, Apple finally revealed their tenth-anniversary iPhone, the iPhone X.
The reveal, which took place at the recently opened Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s new campus, saved the iPhone X for last, and it was a stunning finale. The iPhone X has been designed, according to Apple, to be the future of the smartphone with a 5.8-inch. display, all-glass design, the new A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging, and Face ID. It also comes with a futuristic price and a later launch date than it’s less-powerful counterpart, iPhone 8.
“For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realization of that vision,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “With the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionized the mobile phone with Multi-Touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone — one in which the device disappears into the experience.”
“iPhone X is the future of the smartphone. It is packed with incredible new technologies, like the innovative TrueDepth camera system, beautiful Super Retina display and super fast A11 Bionic chip with neural engine,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone X enables fluid new user experiences — from unlocking your iPhone with Face ID, to playing immersive AR games, to sharing Animoji in Messages — it is the beginning of the next ten years for iPhone.”
iPhone X dumps the bezels and home button of previous models in favor of an all-screen display. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8, the iPhone X’s screen stretches from top-to-bottom and side-to-side. The 5.8-inch Super Retina Display is Apple’s first OLED screen, and supports Dolby Vision and HDR10. At the very top of the phone is a series of cameras that make up the phone’s new Face ID system, which replaces Touch ID. Made up of a dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator, Face ID perfectly maps your face and unlocks your phone upon identification. According to Apple, there’s only a one in one million chance someone could have a close enough face to trick the system. In terms of cameras, the front camera is a 7-megapixels and the back is 12-megapixels.
The A11 Bionic powers the iPhone X and features a six-core CPU. The chip also integrates an Apple-designed GPU that delivers up to 30% faster graphics performance over the A10 chip. Apple demonstrated this on-stage with live demos of AR content and games. In fact, the new A11 Bionic was specifically designed to handle immersive AR apps and immersive 3D games, something that current models aren’t the best at.
iPhone X will be available in silver and space gray in 64GB and 256GB models starting at $999. Pre-orders open on Friday, October 27 with the phone releasing on Friday, November 3.