The future is at the tip of your fingers for the small price of $999, or there is always the odd chance of being hit by a shooting star.
The iPhone X is Apple’s way of showing the world “the future of the Smartphone” as Tim Cook, CEO of Apple said on September 12, 2017, during Apple’s keynote presentation. The iPhone X is the stepping-stone for Apple’s new smartphone production.
The iPhone X is available for purchase November 3, 2017.
The iPhone X has many new features that make it seem like the smartphone of the future. One of the newest design features on the iPhone X is that it does not have a home button, leaving people to wonder if the expression was “more for less” or “less for more”? Apple also decided to work with their emoji’s and create Animoji, which is an animated emoji that is controlled by your face.
Probably one of the most interesting new features on the iPhone X is the facial recognition software or Face ID, which replaces the Touch ID security on iPhones 5-8. Face ID is truly a leap into the future for Apple. The software for Face ID is found in the True Depth camera system which is at the top of the Retina Display on the iPhone X. The True Depth camera system has an integrated infrared camera, flood illuminator, front camera, dot projector, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, speaker and microphone. Apple explained that when you look at your iPhone it will detect your face, even in the dark, with the flood illuminator. Then the infrared (IR) camera picks up over 30,000 IR dots, which were projected by the dot projector, and takes an IR image. The image is then sent through the neural processor to create a model of your face to check it with the original model that you had set up for your Face ID, all of which Apple claims happens instantly and is not detectable. Apple then went on to explain that Face ID would not work if the user is not paying attention to the phone or has their eyes closed. In order for Apple to work with all these neural networks in the iPhone X, Apple created its first neural engine, the “A11 Bionic neural engine”.
Apple recognizes that there is no perfect security system. An example would be the Touch ID, which had a one in 50,000 chance that someone could get your phone and unlock it. Face ID on the other hand has a one in a million chance. Apple states that they have worked on making it so that Face ID is not tricked with a photograph or a mask because they trained the software not to commit these mistakes. Apple states that your face will not be uploaded to any server but will be stored on a separate memory location of the iPhone X.
The iPhone X has two 12 mega pixel dual cameras, larger and faster sensors and deeper pixels. The new camera also has dual optical image stabilization, which helps with better low-light zoom and improves video stabilization, which helps compensate for hand movements.
Apple is trying their best to be environmentally friendly and have Arsenic-free display glass, Mercury-free display’s that are BPR-free, PVC-free, Beryllium-free and made with a Low-carbon process, which makes it recyclable.
Apple users had high expectations about the iPhone X and some were met. Not many aesthetic upgrades were seen, but the iPhone X has an edge-to-edge display.