In the 10th anniversary of iPhone, iPhone X (pronounced TEN) was unveiled, right after an introduction of the more conventional iPhone 8/8 Plus.
Described as "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone" by Tim Cook, will the revolutionary iPhone X help Apple to regain innovation lead? Though it is overshadowed by the ambitious device, the iPhone 8/8 Plus is still a very attracting new release. What's new about iPhone 8, compared with 7/7 Plus?
iPhone X: Edge-to-edge OLED Screen
As it was expected, iPhone X kills the Home button and adopts a brand-new 5.8 edge-to-edge OLED screen with rounded corners, which is the first time that Apple applies an OLED screen to iPhone.
To suit a bigger screen, iPhone X comes with a Super Retina display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125, increasing the contrast ratio from 1,400:1 in iPhone 7 to 1,000,000 to 1 and the pixel density from 401ppi to 458ppi, which will show more accurate colors.
Also, iPhone X brought Ture Tone from iPad Pro, which can adjust the display to match the lighting condition of your surrounding.
With a glass body and full screen, iPhone X is stunning in appearance, if you can ignore the ugly notch on the top of the screen.
iPhone X: True Depth Camera and Face ID
You may agree, the notch on the top of iPhone X's OLED screen is an eyesore. However, the tiny space houses the most advanced innovations of iPhone X: flood illuminator, infrared camera, dot projector, front camera, which make iPhone X's TrueDepth Camera and Face ID possible.
As iPhone X omits Home button and fingerprint sensor, it replaces Touch ID with the Face ID, which allows you to unlock the iPhone X and make payments with your face.
Some Android flagships, such as Samsung Galaxy Note 8, also come with facial recognition. But iPhone X take the facial recognition technology to next level.
By using the TrueDepth camera on the top of the screen, the device projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots on your face to create a precise map of your face. And the infrared camera makes sure that the Face ID unlocks works perfectly at dark.
With the Machine Learning technique of A11 Bionic, iPhone X's Face ID can perceive and remember the changes of your face every time that you unlock the phone so that it can still recognize you even you are wearing makeup, glass or beard. Apple also claims that its Face ID can distinguish between twins.
According to Apple, Face ID is more secure than Touch ID. The company claims a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of another person being able to look at your phone and unlock it through Face ID, while 1 in 50,000 chance for Touch ID.
iPhone X: Animoji and Portrait Lighting
iPhone X's TrueDepth camera can not only use for Face ID, but also for creative photography.
Animoji - In iMessage, you can create your own animal emojis combining your expressions. You can send your smile, frown and more in the form of a cat, dog, chicken, unicorn…
Portrait Lighting - Through TrueDepth camera's facial recognition technique, you can take a selfie studio-quality lighting effects, including Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, and Stage Mono.
And the dual 12MP Cameras on the back both provides OIS support. The main camera has a f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto lens has a f/2.4 aperture.
iPhone X: A11 Bionic
The new iPhone X is powered by a new A 11 Bionic. The new chip provides a faster CPU and GPU so you should expect a smoother experience in iPhone X. And it is the core that makes all those wonderful features possible on iPhone X: Face ID, AR supports.
iPhone X: Fast Charging
iPhone X also supports Qi wireless charging, the same standard supported by its new iPhone 8 and other Android flagships so that it is compatible with third-party wireless charging stations and mats in hotels, cafes, and airports. Apple also introduced its own a wireless charging pad, AirPower.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: What's New
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus should the iPhone 7s, 7s Plus that we were expecting. The two devices look just like the iPhone 7 with the home button and no OLED screen. As it is called iPhone 8/8 Plus, the devices do offer a few upgrades.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus run the latest A11 Bionic processor, which provide a faster performance and AR supports. And they adopt the same durable glass body and Retina HD Display as iPhone X. Also, the two devices join the trend of wireless charging, adding with wireless charging support.
As for Camera, Apple improved the cameras with new sensors and provide better support for augmented reality (AR).
iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus: Price, Preoder
The iPhone X starts at $999 with 64GB of storage and its 256GB variant is priced at $1,149. It is no doubt the most expensive iPhone ever. The Preorders will open on October 27th, and shipping begins November 3rd, which is a little late.
iPhone 8 and 8 plus is much more affordable, with the 8 starting at $699 and the 8 Plus at $799. The preorders open on September 15, and the phones arrive in stores on September 22.