When they say two things are inevitable, death and taxes, they should upgrade that to three: death, taxes, and a new Apple iPhone. Today, September 12, 2017 marks the launch of Apple’s iPhone X, along with upgrade versions of iPhone 8 (iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus).
As expected, version 10 packs a wealth of new functions with some shifts in standard features. Some are a first and some are variations and expansions of established item. Its redesign includes a 5.8” edge-to-edge OLED display, water-resistant body, facial recognition, a front-facing camera with 3D sensors and a vertical dual-lens 12-megapixel rear camera, anA11 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a unique graphical user interface that uses gestures and a navigation bar. The home button is gone on iPhone X.
Apple is integrating wireless charging into the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X. Initially, an inductive charging topology was planned, supported by the waterproof case. More information on this feature is yet to come. However, it can be charged wirelessly along with other Apple devices on a charging mat such as Apple’s AirPower mat.
Also available, the mophie wireless charging base provides a quick and easy charging experience for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. It is designed to begin charging by placing the iPhone of choice on the pad. The phone will continue to be fully functional while charging, so users can continue to use the display and connect to Bluetooth accessories, among other things.
Looking at the iPhone X, it appears to be one big display. Its 5.8” OLED display goes almost completely to the component’s edges. It requires no backlighting, thereby reducing the thickness of the phone, and specifies a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Stated earlier, the home button is gone, replaced by virtual buttons on the display.
Eliminating the Touch ID feature on previous models, iPhone X enlists 3D sensors for facial recognition. This feature has been discussed in various security forums that project the use of facial recognition for identification. With the elimination of the fingerprint sensor, users’ faces will be their passport into the phone. That’s the first feature of the new sensors.
Also on board via 3D sensing is gesture recognition. Users will be able to navigate and negotiate features and functions using natural gestures, making the device one of the most intuitive available.
Another convenient feature is the iPhone X is functional from every direction. As long as a recognized face is present, even when the phone is lying flat, it remains unlocked and functional. Also, facial recognition mutes incoming notifications as long as a user is looking at the phone. This is a testament to the accuracy and sensitivity of the sensors, which most likely work in conjunction with PrimeSense facial-recognition technology.
More info coming, stay tuned.