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iPhone X (10) - All the main features

iPhone X (10) - All the main features

Written by Diane Diane Ware - November 02, 2017 in Phones

The iPhone X (or 10, the X is a Roman numeral for 10) - I wanted to supply a list of all the main features, along with some links and videos so you can check out the iPhone X even more so at your leisure. 

Display. The display is almost the entirety of the phone – a 5.8 inch Super Retina HD display. Super Retina HD means whatever color mode is used by your content, like P3 or sRGB, this is what will be displayed on screen – whatever the director or designer intended, you can be assured will be displayed right up to the phone's edge in great quality. Super Retina HD uses a process called subpixel anti-aliasing to tune individual pixels for smooth, distortion-free edges. And this display, as mentioned above, is not only right up along the sides, but even at the smooth edges along the corners. The iPhone X display also uses OLED technology, Organic Light Emitting Diode, which is noted for its high quality colors and images, and gives (quoted from Apple's website) “accurate, stunning colors, true blacks, high brightness, and a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio”. We're talking quite the amazing viewing experience, at 2436x1125 resolution, and 458 pixels per inch. Also, the iPhone X allows true HDR (High Dynamic Range) display, so you can watch movies and shows in high quality Dolby Vision and HDR10, such as movies on iTunes and Netflix.

Design/construction. Apple claims the iPhone X embodies the most durable glass ever in a smartphone. The iPhone X is constructed of glass on both the front and back sides, with an oleophobic coating that allows easy wiping of smudges and fingerprints. The inner core is made of surgical-grade stainless steel (see another blog article about the robotics manufacturing of iPhone metal casings). The iPhone X is splash, water, and dust resistant – however, on Apple's website, it states “Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty." And in regards to the processor, Apple states their A11 Bionic is the most powerful, smartest chip ever in a smartphone - it has a "neural engine" capable of up to 600 billion operations per second.

Wireless charging capability. See how this works here. The glass back on iPhone X has an embedded wireless charging system. You will need to use Apple's AirPower mat. All you do is set your phone on the mat, once the mat has been plugged in, and by electro-magnetic means, your phone's battery will eventually get charged. Other Apple devices can be charged with this pad as well. Another important point in regards to charging - Apple claims the iPhone X battery lasts up to 2 hours longer between charges in comparison with the iPhone 7.

Security with Face ID. The iPhone X uses face recognition, or Face ID, for a secure login. Face ID uses 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face, to pretty much guarantee that only your unique face will have access to your phone. However, some Youtubers have shown this doesn't seem to be fool-proof for identical twins. And if you're a guy who just shaved off his beard, when the phone's initial setup for you face recognition was with the beard, the iPhone X will most likely prompt to get a passcode too. But with a few more login attempts, because of the iPhone X's machine learning that enables Face ID to adapt to physical changes in your appearance over time,  the iPhone X will adjust, and now once again use only face recognition to log you in. Also, Apple claims ”Face ID is so secure you can use it with Apple Pay. And check out with just a glance.”  But if beards and identical twins complicate things, not sure if I would trust this completely.  And there is an additional concern - face recognition can be accessed by any iPhone X app developer who deems a need for this function in their app creation, which has some folks worried (check out my previous blog article about cell phone security issues for a possible solution to this dilemma, though the iPhone X is so new, not all settings' features are well known yet). 

New button and swipe capabilities. Because the iPhone X is nearly all screen (save for a small camera and other utilities area at the top section, discussed below), the iOS now uses new capabilities and gestures. No need to press a button – a single swipe from the bottom will take you to the home screen from whatever you’re currently viewing. However, because there is no home button, some swipings and gestures will now have to be memorized. But, in all likelihood, this shouldn't be too hard to adapt to. 

Camera placement and features. Apple states the iPhone X takes high quality front facing selfies, with its TrueDepth Camera. This is primarily due to selfie portraits with "artfully blurred" backgrounds, so each selfie photo emphasizes YOU. Not only this, but the TrueDepth Camera has different selfie portrait lighting options, such as natural light, studio light, contour light, stage light, and stage light mono (black and white). The iPhone X's TrueDepth Camera can also do some rather amazing animated animojis (of which there are 12 different kinds), by animating in parallel with your facial expressions. You can also create video clips with this camera – and overall, the TrueDepth Camera takes much better photos than previous versions of iPhones, or so it is claimed. As shown below in the image, the camera/mic/speaker area takes up just a small portion of the iPhone X's display area. 

Some other features and some links. Besides the new, high-tech features mentioned above in this article, the iPhone X can also allow you to pay someone in a text message (although note that this feature won't be readily available until near the end of 2017), use Siri as a translator, and also enable you to discover new music by knowing what your friends are listening to with Apple Music

Price. Of course, this is probably the main thought on everyone's mind, if this new iPhone looks like a must-have and a keeper. Prices start at $999, and can head on up to $1149, from what I could find after a quick Google search. Check out Apple's iPhone X buy page for more. 

And, as promised, here are some final links you can check out for more on the iPhone X. 

Apple’s site for the iPhone X

Youtube video on someone getting the new iPhone X right out of the box

Compare the iPhone 8 with the iPhone X

 

Thank you for reading this blog article :-)

Diane

Diane Ware

Manager - Tech Support

I am co-owner of Ware Repair and enjoy working with technology, web design and development, and embedded programming, especially that which applies to robotics. I also enjoy writing blogs and sci-fi novels on my free time.