Apple unveiled the highly anticipated iPhone X during its September Keynote Event at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California earlier today. The new device boasts some dazzling new features that Apple fans will surely be salivating over.
The iPhone X (pronounced "iPhone ten") marks the tenth anniversary of Apple's initial entry into the smartphone world, and the company has pulled out all the stops for the newest iteration of their signature product. The phone is built of stainless steel and glass, and is powered by a next generation A11 bionic neural processor. The phone features a 5.8 inch Super Retina OLED edge-to-edge display screen with 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458ppi, HDR support, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and True Tone.
The biggest selling point is the massively expanded display, which is objectively beautiful, and a fairly radical design departure for Apple. Chief design officer Jony Ive explained how it's always been Apple's ambition to make a phone that features the iPhone X's display.
"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. 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."
Users will also be able to use new 3D emojis called "Animojis," utilizing the phone's 3D sensing capabilities.
The home button is no more, replaced by touch-based gestures optimized for use with the new iOS 11. Touch ID is also gone, as the phone is unlocked by facial recognition technology Apple is calling Face ID. The phone makes a map of the user's face using the 7 megapixel TrueDepth front facing camera -- which now supports portrait mode -- and a dot projector, and unlocks when the user simply looks at their phone. Face ID will also be used in conjunction with Apple Pay and opening secure apps, a major overhaul in iPhone security.
The rear facing camera is a vertically aligned 12 megapixel upgrade with Quad-LED True Tone flash. The phone is also capable of wireless charging using certified third party products, and Apple teased their own currently in development wireless charging system that can charge multiple Apple devices at once, called AirPower, though they didn't mention a release date.
The iPhone X comes in 64GB and 256GB capacity versions, starting at $999. Pre-orders will be open October 27 and will start shipping on November 3.