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Apple Reveals 5.8-inch’ iPhone X With Super Retina OLED Edge-to-Edge Display

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Apple revealed the iPhone X at their pecial event at Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino. While the general expecation of the event was directed at a new iPhone (which Apple did reveal), some rumors about a special, ten-year anniversary edition smartphone were also prominent in recent days. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone X was “the future of the smartphone” and will “set the path for technology for the next decade”.  Whether that’s true or not is something we all gotta find out in the forthcoming months.

The iPhone X, pronounced “ten”, is what many thought the new iPhone should be. The device comes with a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED edge-to-edge display with a 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458 pixels per inch, including HDR support in Dolby Vision and HDR10 formats, as well as True Tone technology. For many, these were the upgrades and specs, we all have been expecting for the next iPhone – not this special edition item.

“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.”

The most prominent feature of the iPhone X are the touch-based gestures. In short, there’s no home button and you have to use these touch-based gestures to interact with iOS 11. The device is powered by a next-generation A11 Bionic neural processor that handles world tracking and scene recognition, backed up by a GPU that enables graphics at 60 frames per second. The iPhone X is a device built from glass and stainless steel, giving it a design that many will adore. The front of the device is almost entirely made out of glass and features a front-facing camera with advanced facial recognition and authentication technology called Face ID. Unfortunately for Apple, the device used by Tim Cooke at the presentation didn’t really function that well in that aspect. While a welcomed novelty, we are yet to see how this works and performs in real life.

The Face ID authentication process utilizes the seven-megapixel front-facng TrueDepth camera, alongside a dot projector, an infrared camera and a flood illimunator. All of these are used in order to accurately map and recognize the user’s face to authenticate Apple Pay, access secure apps and unlock the device. While some jokes are already circulating the internet, we are pretty certain the device will remember face shapes, not colors, lines or anything that might be affected by makeup, beard or any other, fashion related items that might pose a problem for the authentication process whatsoever.

In the back, you will find a redesigned, vertically aligned dual-lens TrueDepth 12-megapixel rear camera. In the iPhone X, the camera features a Quad-LED True Tone flash with dual optical image stabilization. In turn, users will have the luxury of making even more impressive photos, selfies and videos. While the general social media crazed world we live in makes us more prone to taking snaps of everything, the iPhone X will excel at those special moments, where quality and  depth-of-field effect are the most important aspects.

One of the most interesting features of the iPhone X is the glass back. While design wise it looks impressive, the feature also allows wireless inductive charging that works with Qi-certified third-party charging devices, including pads offered by Mophie and Belkin.

So, what’s the skinny on the device after everything? The iPhone X comes in two storage options: 64GB and 256GB storage capacities. The first one will cost $999 and the second one $1149, respectively. The iPhone X will be available to pre-order from October 27 and will ship on November 3.

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