It’s been ten years since Apple released the first iPhone, and to commemorate the occasion, they’ve just announced the new iPhone X (that’s Roman numerals for 10). Apple has also revealed details for the long-awaited iPhone 8, but it’s the X that everyone is excited. They’re touting it as the most innovative iPhone since the original, and maybe it will be worth upgrading to.
The first thing you’ll notice is the screen: at 5.8″, it takes up the entirety of the front of the phone. It’s the first Iphone screen to be OLED, and is called the Super Retina Display – boasting a resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels, and a 1,000,000 : 1 contrast ratio. They’ve also added Dolby Vision and HDR10 support for the best in video playback, and features TrueTone dynamic white balance adjustment – something they’ve included in the Ipad Pro. The body itself is made from surgical grade stainless steel, with a layer of glass on the back panel, with wireless charging capability built right in. There’s no home button, and you wake the phone either by swiping up, tapping on the screen, or using raise-to-wake. Siri can be accessed by voice or by holding down the side button this time.
The coolest new feature of the Iphone X, of course, is facial recognition, or Face ID. The TrueDepth camera system at the top of the phone will illuminate your face with infrared when you glance at the phone, and unlock it, even at night. It is supposed to work even with different hairstyles, beards and hats, and Apple has programmed it with protection against masks and pictures of your face (although, only the most determined of phone thieves would do that). Apple says the chances of someone else getting into your phone with Face ID is one-in-a-million.
The camera is a dual-lens 12-megapixel rear camera, with dual optical image stabilization, with both a wide-angle f/1.8 aperture lens and a telephoto f/2.4 aperture lens. It has the Iphone’s new Natural Lighting technique, and video is now 4k with 60fps, and a slow-motion 240fps. There’s a whole host of new camera features to help improve your photo game, such as optical image stabilization, portrait lighting with facial mapping and 10x digital zoom. On a slightly more boring note, The battery is meant to last up to 2 hours longer than the Iphone 7, the new GPU is 30% faster than it’s predecessor, and the new A11 Bionic chip has a neural engine that’s capable of up to 600 billion operations per second.
That’s quite a few new features and upgrades in the Iphone X. But is it worth shelling out the extra money to upgrade, especially if you’ve got an already functional phone? And it is worth the mindboggling$1,149 asking price? That’s something only you can answer for yourself.