At its keynote at the Steve Jobs Theater today, Apple revealed the iPhone X, its top-of-the-line handset for 2017 that features a bezel-less design, an OLED screen and a glass front and back.
Designed to commemorate the original iPhone’s 10th anniversary, the iPhone X comes with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge Super Retina display that maxes out at a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 pixels, making for a pixel density of 458 ppi – the highest on any iPhone ever.
But the iPhone X is flagship phone you really want. It takes Apple’s ten-year-old smartphone design in a bold new direction. It also leaves behind a physical home button or fingerprint sensor.
Is it worth the high iPhone X? What are its big features you need to know about? We have all of your iPhone X answers, including how to pronounce the name.
iPhone X release date
The iPhone X is launching on Friday, November 3, Apple announced today, and that’s a lot later than the new iPhone’s usual September launch date.
The iPhone X release date is Friday, October 27, and yes, that means for the first time since the iPhone 5S, Apple won’t actually ship its new iPhone until September.
The pre-order is later, too: Friday October 27. That’s later than the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus pre-order and even its launch date.
iPhone X price
The iPhone X price starts at $999, which makes it the most expensive iPhone ever. And that’s just for the 64GB storage.
The iPhone X price is expected to be $999 (£900, AU$1,250). That’s a 54% price increase in the US over the iPhone 7, which costs $650 (£599, AU$1,079).
Apple may sweeten its initial iPhone X deals with free Apple Music and 200GB of iCloud storage. Just don’t expect free AirPods, as some rumors have claimed. We’ve put together pages so you can see everything we know about iPhone X deals in the US, iPhone X deals in the UK and iPhone X deals in Australia.
Also, US carriers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile may charge as much as $42 a month for the iPhone X, breaking up the $1,000 payments over 24 months. Regardless of how you’re paying, it’s going to be expensive.
iPhone X screen and design
Apple’s new iPhone X screen is considered an all-screen display, or what it likes to say it a ‘Super Retina Display.’
It uses a 5.8-inch OLED display that Apple says it the first one that’s great enough to be in an iPhone. It’s supposed to have great contrast, high resolution, HDR formats and True Tone display technology.
Wireless charging with AirPower
The iPhone X has wireless charging, and a new charging pad that can charge every new Apple product own: Apple Watch, AirPods and and iPhone X.
This wide charging pad makes it easier to charging everything at once. However, Apple didn’t lay out how much the AirPower pad will cost. It also requires a new AirPods case that has wireless charging built into it.
No more home button or Touch ID
There’s no more home button, but uses swipe gestures to achieve the same actions. Apple likens this to slide to unlock.
Where does the biometric protection come into play? Face ID, just as the rumors had predicted. “It’s the future of we how unlock our smartphones,” said Apple executive Phil Schiller at its press conference.
The iPhone X has a true depth camera to pull this off with a multiple sensors, including an advanced dot projector, that works even in the dark.
Apple claims that Face ID won’t be spoofed by photos and even worked with mask makers in Hollywood to prevent even the most advanced attempts to break into your new iPhone X.
Touch ID failing you was 1 in 50,000. The chance someone can look at your iPhone and unlock it with Face ID? 1 in 1,000,000.
Animoji has Apple taking emoji to the next level, taking advantage of its 3D face-scanner to mirror your facial expressions on an animal… or other creation like the poo. Yes,
These look like fun, even if their point is a bit meaningless, but fun. It’s no surprise that Apple is working with Snapchat on using the front-facing camera to bring new, more realistic masks to its photo-sharing app.
iPhone X camera
The camera sensors and larger and faster, capture what it calls “deep pixels” and has an f/1.8 aperture and f/2.4aperture.
iPhone X features
Apple is going for big changes with the iPhone X, and we’re pretty sure of this because there have been so many leaks over the last few days.
The screen is getting bigger, yet the phone will likely be smaller than the Plus. The home button you know and love has vanished, and so has the aluminum casing, both to much controversy.
You’re in for a world of change with the iPhone X. Let’s explore the top features ahead of today’s Apple iPhone X live stream.
iPhone X screen
The iPhone X is going to look radically different to every previous iPhone, with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen that rids Apple’s smartphone of bezels, but also its usual home button.
It’s an ‘all-screen’ phone that will compete with the Galaxy S8, Note 8, LG G6 and The Essential Phone. Apple is ready to take on Samsung’s ‘Infinity Display’.
It won’t be dramatically curved, as some have speculated, but it will come with a rich AMOLED display that’s great for showing deep blacks by effectively turning those pixels off, thus saving battery life.
There will be a ‘notch’ at the top of the display, and this will house the exciting new iPhone X 3D face-scanning sensors, which we’ll talk about in a moment.
iPhone X design
That 5.8-inch screen may seem like a big increase from the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, but the iPhone X dimensions appear to be smaller.
Leaks point to it actually fitting in between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, the perfect size for most people who have Plus-sized screen envy but who enjoy the manageable size of a standard iPhone. It’s the best of both worlds.
The iPhone X leaks also point to a glass design, ditching the aluminum casing that Apple has tried to perfect over the years. That means it’ll be able to get rid of ugly antenna lines.
Better yet, phones that are made of glass can more easily conduct electricity, enabling convenient (but often a tad slower) wireless charging. It’ll be interesting to see if Apple includes a wireless charger considering the high iPhone X price.
Wireless charging has been a perk that Android phones have featured for years now, and it’ll make its debut for Apple fans on the iPhone X.
iPhone X home button and Face ID
The iPhone X won’t have a typical home button thanks to that all-screen display which will take up almost the entire front of the phone.
Instead, it’ll have an on-screen button, though not even the leaks really give us an idea of what this new button will look like or how it will work.
What we do know is how Apple intends to replace Touch ID. Without a place for a fingerprint sensor, you’re going to have to unlock your phone another way.
Face ID is Apple’s new idea for authentication, using 3D face-scanning sensors to accurately detect your face at any angle, according to iOS 11 beta code.
The lack of a physical home button and Touch ID are going to be two of the most controversial features of the iPhone X.
iPhone X specs
Some important iPhone X specs have been leaked ahead of the launch event, tipping developers off to the fact that Apple will use an A11 Fusion chip.
What does that mean? The iPhone X should be seriously fast, with the specs leak indicating a six-core A11 Fusion processor with four high-performances cores.
That’s significant because the A10 Fusion chip in the four-core iPhone 7 series has two high-performance cores. In case you’re wondering, the other two cores we never mention in each are energy-efficient cores – there’s no need for powerful chip engines running when your phone is lying idle.
One report has also suggested the iPhone X will come with 3GB of RAM, which is the same amount we saw Apple pack into the iPhone 7 Plus.
iPhone X camera
Multiple iPhone X leaks have shown that Apple is changing the orientation of the dual-lens camera in its new smartphone.
The dual-lens camera has been rotated to be vertically aligned, but we don’t know if this means it’ll see a big upgrade over last year’s two 12MP cameras.
The iPhone X will, however, see an upgrade to Portrait Mode, the iPhone 7 Plus feature that takes tightly-cropped, bokeh-rich (background blurred) portrait photos.
Apple is adding something called Portrait Lighting, according to the iOS 11 leak. This apparently uses machine learning and the camera’s depth sensing to add the best light to your portrait photos.
Lighting effects include Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono and Studio Light. Apple is taking another page out of the DSLR playbook with the iPhone X.
Augmented Reality features
Apple is very bullish on augmented reality, favoring AR over VR. CEO Tim Cook mentions AR during almost every one of Apple’s quarterly earnings call.
iOS 11 beta is already transforming your world into a virtual playground, with games that create digital objects on empty tables when you look through an iPhone or iPad. Home furnishing giant IKEA, meanwhile, is creating practical furniture measuring tools.
That’s why we think AR is going to play a big part on the iPhone X, although any exclusive features it gets may be minimal, as older iPhones will get AR too.