The New iPhone X
By Anika Yip
Apple’s new iPhone X, pronounced ten, is different than previous iPhones. According to Apple, their dream has “always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen. One so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience. And so intelligent it can respond to a tap, your voice, and even a glance.”
iPhone X looks different from previous iPhones. For one thing, iPhone X’s screen. Most of the phone is a “Super Retina” screen, that according to the website, “fills the hand and dazzles the eyes.” The phone is also durable, and although a glass phone may seem fragile, iPhone X is dust and water resistant.
iPhone X has no home button, apparently to “create a continuous surface, with nothing to get in the way of your experience.” Instead, a swipe from the bottom of the screen takes users to the home screen. To contact Siri, users press and hold the side button. According to Apple, the display has the “best color accuracy in the industry.”
One important new feature is the TrueDepth camera system. Fit into a “tiny space” at the top of the phone, the TrueDepth camera allows for FaceID, fancy photo lighting and effects, and Animoji, a new feature in Messages that tracks facial movement and “mirrors” it onto a moving emoji. A11 Bionic, a new chip, is what causes these advanced technologies.
Besides the camera system, the chip A11 Bionic lets augmented reality reach a more realistic level, lets the phone last longer between charging, and “recognizes people, places, and objects
One criticism to the iPhone X is Face ID, which replaces Touch ID. According to Gareth Beavis on Tech Radar, who got to watch a demonstration of Face ID, “When held at the right distance, it worked well and quickly, but we saw plenty of missed unlocks in our time with the phone. Apparently it'll learn your face as time goes on, but this is something we really need to test out to make sure it's easy to get into your phone.”
Besides just the hassle of not being able to unlock the phone, there is the worry that a stranger could use a photo of the user to get into the phone. It would not be hard to get a photo of the owner, especially because many people use a picture of themselves as their screensaver. However, according to Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal, a picture wouldn't work. In order to fool the system, she used a mask of her face, which has depth. A mask of one’s face would be difficult to get.
iPhone X doesn't require a cable to charge. Instead, iPhone X can be used with Qi, Belkin, and mophie wireless chargers, as well as the new AirPower mat, coming in 2018, which allows users to charge multiple devices at once.
The new iOS includes more personalized suggestions, such as recognition of scheduling details. One of these new features is “suggested apps” based on the time of day or location. For example, if a user is at the gym, a workout app might be suggested. In addition, users can search their photo collection. For example, typing in “horse” will bring users to any pictures in their camera roll of horses.
People have been wondering about iPhone X’s cost of about $1,000. According to Tech Radar, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which also has a “nearly bezel-less” OLED display like the iPhone X, costs $930. Although iPhone X has many changes from the previous phones, people worry that the price makes it out of reach. According to Chaim Gartenberg on The Verge, Tim Cook, the Apple CEO, says that $1,000 is a “value price” for the phone’s technology. Still, many people may not want or can’t purchase such an expensive phone.