iPhone X: All your need to know about Apple’s best phone

On 12th September 2017, Apple announced the launch of three new iPhones – iPhone 8, 8 plus and iPhone X at its even held at the new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California. The first iPhone was released 10 years ago and it changed the way people perceived a mobile phone and transformed the industry forever. It was truly a distribution in the technology industry and opened up new arenas in mobile application development. Let’s have a look at what is special about the latest iPhone.

Some of the new features of the iPhone X includes edge-to-edge display, no home button, facial recognition software, wireless charging and some cool Augmented Reality features. TouchID has been replaced by FaceID. FaceID uses a combination of seven new sensors on the front camera to recognise your face. It means you can unlock your phone with your face. The mechanical home button has also been removed.

Looking physically, the new iPhone will have glass back in order to facilitate wireless charging. That means that you will have an extra glass to break and think twice before purchasing a cover. The device will also have a TrueTone display that adapts to the colour temperature and hue depending on the surroundings in order to reduce eye strain. The speakers are also 25% louder stereo speakers than before. The iPhone 8 (4.7 inch) and the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5 inch) will be available in three colours: silver, space grey and gold.

The iPhone X is powered by the new Apple A11 Bionic chipset. According to Apple, the processor is 70% faster and is the smartest chip ever in a smartphone. It has two high performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. Apple also has designed a GPU – 30% faster than the one found on the older version.

The Camera is a 12 megapixel camera that has an optical image stabilization feature. Another feature on the Camera is Portrait Lighting which is essentially is a bunch of different modes that simulate different lighting conditions. But disappointingly, the selfie camera hasn’t improved.

The phone also supports LTE Advanced and Bluetooth 5.0. Animoji are new animated emojis that use facial recognition software to customise existing emoji designs to mimic the facial expressions of the user.

Apple’s iPhone X release date in India is November 3, with pre-orders set to begin on October 27. The iPhone X has usually won’t come cheap. The device will cost Rs 89,000 in India, making its the most expensive iPhone yet. The 256GB version will cost a whopping Rs 102,000.

But the question is “Is the iPhone X worth purchasing?”. You must understand some of the new features of the iPhone is already available in Android smartphones. Biometric authentication using you face is available in the latest Samsung Galaxy 8, but has some problems. We saw in the demo by the President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi that even he couldn’t get it to work on the first try which indicates that it doesn’t always let the right person in. Hence, the technology is yet to be pioneered by anyone.

Wireless charging is yet another feature available in most smartphones. But iPhone supports only Qi standard and not PMA. The camera is always the best reason to buy any new iPhone, but iPhone X’s dual camera setup is barely different than that of the iPhone 8 Plus.

So, what is the future for Apple and the iPhone? Feature addition is not going to help. You need innovation.

Probably the Google Pixel 2 will challenge the iPhone soon.

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