Ten years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the first ever full-touchscreen internet-connected smartphone. It was the first-generation iPhone – a device that Jobs promised would usher a new era and “reinvent the [mobile] phone.” It turns out; he was not exaggerating. It was indeed the beginning of an era that would soon see the rise of an ever thriving application economy, constant use of social networking, and above all, an unprecedented dependence on technology for just about everything.
Yesterday, on Sep 12, Apple celebrated the 10th-anniversary of that milestone event by releasing a special edition iPhone dubbed the iPhone X (that’s pronounced “iPhone 10,” for the curious). As expected, the anticipation was insanely high, and despite Apple releasing two other next-generation iPhones (iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus), all eyes remained glued to the unique 10-year-anniversary edition device.
The fruit-themed tech firm was under pressure to wow skeptics with the iPhone X. And judging by what we have seen so far, the company seems to have lived up to those expectations.
As you can see in the image below, the new iPhone X flaunts an edge-to-edge screen and no Home button. It’s a sleek, beautiful phone with an array of new features that make it the most “futuristic” iPhone ever built.
What’s new in the iPhone 10th anniversary edition: iPhone X specs and features
Thanks to the relentless efforts of the rumor mills, we already had some idea what the iPhone X would look like. Sporting a giant screen occupying the whole front with the 5.8-inch “super retina display”; a 12MP dual camera on the back; a back panel made of glass; and a tiny bump cutting toward the top of the screen.
Because there is no Home button, you have to tap on the screen to enable the display. Swiping up from the bottom of the display will bring you back to the Home screen. For multitasking, just swipe up and pause. The side button is now dedicated to Siri.
Another noteworthy change is the introduction of Face ID that replaces Touch ID. Phil Schiller, vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, called Face ID “the future of how we unlock our smartphones.” As you would guess, this feature relies upon the front camera which comes packed with seven different sensors.
Let’s just hope that Apple has got the technology right this time around and Face ID is superior to the half-baked face-unlock systems of the past. Oh and by the way, Apple promises that Face ID will work flawlessly even in low light conditions (read: at night). Schiller also pointed out that the “bionic” label on the A11 chip is due to a native neural engine that has been extensively trained to distinguish between real faces and masks accurately.
Augmented Reality support was another key feature that most of us were hoping to see and Apple hasn’t disappointed on that front. All three new iPhones, including the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come with AR support, although it is more enhanced on the iPhone X (the credit goes to its more sophisticated front camera).
The iPhone X supports wireless charging and promises 2-hours of additional backup time compared to the iPhone 7. The A11 Bionic processor carries six cores in total – two high-performance core that guarantees 25% superior performance compared to the A10, along with four high-efficiency cores with 70% faster speed.
Overall, the device appears to be worth all the hype it generated. I wouldn’t call it the next step in the evolution of smartphones. Because it is clearly NOT! But it is certainly the next step in the evolution of the iPhone lineup, especially on the software front.
As we predicted earlier, the iPhone X starts at $999 for the 64GB model. There is another variant with 256GB storage. That’s indeed a pretty hefty price and I seriously doubt that an upgrade will be worth it. May be I would feel otherwise if it was priced at around $900 or less. (It’s admittedly too early to have a definite answer. I would rather wait till I get to spend a good amount of time with the device before reaching a conclusion.)
But hey, to each is her own and I am sure a lot of you are eagerly waiting for the pre-orders to begin on Oct 28, 2017.
Just in case, you are looking to upgrade, but the $1000 price seems a bit over the top, don’t forget that there are two new iPhone variants to choose from: iPhone 8 ($699) and iPhone 8 Plus ($799).