10 Essential Things to Know About Apple’s New iPhone X

Apple’s 10th anniversary smartphone marks the most radical do-over of the iPhone to date.

This Tuesday, Apple announced the coming release of the new iPhone X, (pronounced iPhone 10).

The much-anticipated device was unveiled to mark the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, and is coming to retailers this fall, just in time to lead the mad rush up to Christmas. Here are 10 things to know about Apple’s stunning new smartphone:

1) It’s Apple’s First Smartphone With a Full-Screen Display

This is the company’s first smartphone to come with a “full-screen display”. It’s covered with reinforced glass, and while you don’t want to ram it against the rocky edge of a cliff, Apple claims it’s the most durable glass ever on a smartphone, to date.

As the first “radical redesign” of an Apple smartphone in some time it’s bezel-free and has a 5.8in Super Retina (2436×1125) OLED edge-to-edge display, which makes it the highest resolution iPhone ever produced.

2) It Has No Home Button

Apple has introduced a new swiping gesture that can take you ‘home’ on this phone. The same move is also used for multitasking on the device. A useful note, while we’re talking buttons: the lock button on the side of the handset can now be used to start Siri.

3) It Can Be Charged Wirelessly

No need to get lost in a tangle of wires: iPhone X comes equipped with Qi wireless charging.

Wired.com is calling this the device’s most boring but most impactful feature for users. It’s not that the technology is new to smartphones as other brands already house it, but Apple joining the game means that wireless charging will soon become ubiquitous.

“With Apple’s backing, Qi becomes a wireless charging Switzerland, as uncontroversial and universally embraced as Wi-Fi, offering battery relief no matter where you are, or what device you have,” states Brian Barrett of Wired.com.

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“Imagine topping off your battery by simply placing your phone on a table at any coffee shop, bar, airport, hotel, or fast food joint,” he elaborates. “Imagine charging pads in public parks or every Uber and public bus having Qi transmitters built in.”

It’s definitely useful technology- just don’t forget to pick your phone back up and take it with you when you’re done.

4) It Has Face-Scanning Technology

Simply scan your face to open this phone. There’s no touch ID fingerprinting, just your mug and the screen.

Does it work well? Apple says the 3D front-facing camera is only inaccurate one in 1 million times. It learns what users look like and will only open with the right face.

1 in a million isn’t impossible but the chances of someone else opening your phone, besides your twin, are slim.

The technology also has a fun side, too. You can use it to create Animojis of yourself: moving emojis that reflect your facial expressions. Send custom-animated messages with monkeys, smiley faces and unicorns smiling and talking just like you. These can be viewed on any phone or device running iOS 11.

5) It’s Very Expensive

Just like every iPhone, the tenth will cost you a bundle. In fact, at least in the U.S, you need to pass a credit check in order to upgrade from an existing iPhone to this puppy.

It will be sold in Canada for $1,319 (64GB model) and $1,529 (256 GB model). Get ready to re-mortgage your house.

Yes, it’s the most expensive iPhone ever, and you’ll be able to find it at the following outlets:

• Rogers
• Bell
• Telus
• Videotron
• Virgin Mobile
• Koodo
• MTS
• SaskTel

iPhone X pre-orders open October 27 , with shipping set to begin 3 November, 2017.

6) The New iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Will Ship Before It

If you feel an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus would better suit your needs, these are being shipped on September 22nd, 2017.

7) It Has a Long Battery Life

The battery life is said to equal 21 hours of talk time.

8) And A lot of Storage

Choose from 64GB of storage or 256GB, it’s up to you.

9) It Sports Multiple Solid Cameras

On the back of this phone you can find a 12MP dual camera, housing both dual telephoto and wide-angle lenses. On the front, there’s that amazing camera array called TrueDepth. This gang of sensors is what detects your face, 3D objects and more.

Camera highlights? Aside from the facial recognition stuff, a new Portrait Lighting mode is great for taking selfies, and it comes with optical image stabilization.

10) It Comes in 2 Colours

iPhone X will be available in space grey and silver.

For full specifications and other info, visit Apple online.

Photo credits: Apple.com

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