It is official that it will be called iPhone X and Apple as announced both the iPhone X price and release date on Tuesday when it was launched. Of course, it costs more than any iPhone currently on the market and will ship later than expected.
The fact that it ships later than expected is the only bad news though. Apple said the iPhone X (pronounced as iPhone 10) is worth its price and the extra time it will take to ship it. This is Apple 10th Anniversary phone and it is already making significant changes for 2017.
Apple did not only announce iPhone X on September 12, but also announced iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at Steve Jobs Theater on Apple new campus.
Having said that, the iPhone X is the perfect flagship you really want. This is the Apple ten years anniversary iPhone and it is designed in a bold new direction. It also leaves behind the popular physical home button and fingerprint sensor.
Is iPhone X worth its price? What is special about this phone? We have the answer to all your iPhone X questions right here.
iPhone X release date
- You will have to wait a bit longer to get the phone in your hand
- Pre-orders will start on Friday, October 27, 2017
- It will start shipping on Friday, November 3
- Supply may be extremely limited
The iPhone X release date is November 3, and that is longer than the typical September launch date for new iPhones.
We will have to wait for additional one-and-a-half-month that we are used to to get the iPhone x in our hands. Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will ship on September 22, but you have to wait for iPhone X.
iPhone X pre-order date is Friday, October 27, 2017. That is later than what we are used to. All these delays are because of its new, Samsung-made OLED screen that is short in supply. So expect the iPhone X to be quickly out of stock on release day.
For those living in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait or Bahrain, iPhone X pre-order also begin on October 27, 2017, but the phone will arrive in stores on November 4, which is a day later.
iPhone X price
- It is more expensive than all other iPhones
- 64GB iPhone X costs $999
- 256GB iPhone X costs $1,149
- US carriers are charging $42 per month
The iPhone X price begins at $999, which makes it the most expensive iPhone ever. And that price is for the iPhone X with 64GB of storage.
The 256GB iPhone X will cost $1,149. Sadly you have no option in between because there is no 128GB iPhone X.
It is also available in the Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and UAE, with the 64GB iPhone X costing AED/SAR 4099 and the 256GB costing AED/SAR 4729.
In short, iPhone X doesn’t cost much than the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 that has an inch smaller screen and has a basic specs boost, similar glass design, and wireless charging. In the US, iPhone X costs additional $300, but over the course of 24 months, it’s only an additional $3 each week.
The US carrier like AT&T and Verizon are charging $24 a month for a year and will allow you to upgrade to the new iPhone next year if you trade in your device. The Apple iPhone Upgrade program begins at $49.91 but includes AppleCare+.
Whichever way you are paying for iPhone X, it is going to be expensive.
iPhone X design
- It has a new glass design that permits wireless charging
- It has a bigger display, but smaller body than Plus phones
- It is also easier to hold than any iPhone Plus phone
- It remains water-resistant and comes in two colors.
Apple makes the iPhone X bigger, yet smaller at the same time. The more significant part is that it has more expansive 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen and the smaller part is that the size is smaller than a Plus-sized iPhone. In fact, it feels lighter.
Yes, the iPhone X dimensions give a shorter height of 5.65 inches or 143.6mm and a smaller width of 2.79 inches or 70.9mm versus a Plus phone. It has a lighter weight of 6.14 ounce or 174 grams. It will be easy to hold iPhone X in one hand.
The iPhone X colors are two and they include Gray and Silver. No gold, red, rose gold or the rumored blush gold colors, which is disappointing.
iPhone X screen
- Apple’s ‘Super Retina Display’ makes its debut
- Vibrant 5.8-inch edge-to-edge AMOLED screen
- Quad HD+ display with a 2436 x 1125 resolution
The new iPhone X is an all-screen display, or you can call it ‘Super Retina Display.’ It uses a 5.8-inch display, which is the first for an iPhone because it uses LCD displays in the past. Apple claimed it is the first OLED that is great enough to be on an iPhone.
Just like Samsung Galaxy S8, this is the first phone from Apple that has an edge-to-edge display, which means it has no bezels at the top and no home button at the bottom. Everything is replaced with more screen. However, it does not have curved screen sides like you would find on Samsung phones.
The iPhone X display is built for HDR and a superior contrast video playback. It can deliver 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio on HDR10 content and Dolby Vision, and expect to see Netflix and Amazon Instant Video onboard right away.
Wireless charging with AirPower
The idea behind the new iPhone X wireless charging feature is to drop your iPhone X on your wireless pad, and it starts charging.
Yes, wireless charging is not new because Android phones have been using it for years, but Apple will debut the new AirPower charging pad that will be able to charge all Apple’s new products including AirPods, the iPhone X, and Apple Watch. The pad itself will use a USB-C cable.
With this wide-shaped charging pad, you’ll be able to charge everything at once compare to plugging them one by one. However, Apple is yet to tell us the price of the hassle-free AirPower pad, and we understand it won’t launch until 2018.
Though we think iPhone X is expensive, but these accessories are useful enough to make you want to cough out more money to buy them (Apple got you there). Good things worth the wait though.
No more home button
- The bezel-less iPhone X screen eliminates the home button
- Just flick an open app upward, and it will return you to the home screen
- Control Center is now a swipe-down-from-the-top gesture
There is no physical home button on iPhone X, neither is there any home button at all. There is no room for both the home button and fingerprint sensor on this Apple all-screen phone.
The absence of home button and the presence of Touch ID sensor will be the biggest change that Apple fans will have to get used to.
How is it possible to return home when there is no home button? You only need to flick an open app from the bottom upward, like you are throwing it aside. You bypass the lock screen exactly the same way (once you are authenticated with Face ID or your password).
The fanned-out multitasking menu can be accessed by dragging an app upward, but pausing for a second and it will appear with other open apps. You can equally swipe along the bottom edge of the screen to switch between the apps more quickly. This shortcut is akin to the browsing the watch face gallery on the Apple Watch.
Now that swipe-up-from-bottom gesture is to return you home, Control Center has been moved to the swipe down gesture. From the top-right-aligned battery icon, just slide your finger down, and you will be able to see the new iOS 11 Control Center dash.
The sleep/wake button can become the side button. Holding it in for a second will summon Siri, and pressing it two times brings up Apple Pay, which you can authenticate with Face ID.
Face ID replaces Touch ID
- You can unlock your phone by looking at it
- This is more secure than the fingerprint sensor
How do you unlock iPhone X without Touch ID? Apple claims to have made unlocking your iPhone X easy with the debut of Face ID.
The iPhone X uses its front camera with 7MP and its multiple sensors (dot projector, infrared camera, etc.) to map your face. In fact, it works in the dark.
Apple said the Face ID wouldn’t be spoofed by the photo, which Samsung ha issue with on its S8 and Note 8. Apple went as far as working with Hollywood mask makers to prevent even the most advanced hackers from breaking into your new iPhone X.
The chances of Touch ID failing is 1 in 50,000, but the chance of thief or FBI breaking into your iPhone X and unlock with Face ID is 1 in 1,000,000.
The technology behind Face ID is very complex and interesting.
iPhone X dual-lens camera
- Redesigned 2MP dual-lens camera
- Portrait Mode enhanced by Portrait Lighting
- Telephoto lens OIS and a wider aperture
If you need a dual-lens camera, you need to go with the new iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus. But if you want optical image stabilization on both the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you will have to purchase the iPhone X.
OIS helps make up for the hand shakiness when you are taking photos. The camera moves with your unsteady hands. Now it is on the telephoto lens too, so your photos with 2x optical zoom will be blur-free.
The iPhone X camera sensor is larger and faster, capturing what Apple calls “deep pixels” with either improved f/2.4 aperture (telephoto) lens or f/1.8 aperture (wider-angle). It also uses a new A11 Bionic chip and machine learning to optimize for scenes even before the image is taken.
The new Portrait Lighting Apple is introducing can transform the light in a scene and going as far as changing the background, or apply lighting to the persons face, as if lights are hitting the face in the studio.
Apple tricked out TrueDepth camera
- TrueDepth is full of face-mapping sensors
- 7MP front-facing camera takes Portrait Mode selfies
iPhone X TrueDepth camera is not an ordinary camera. Though it is 7MP, but it packs more technology than anyone has ever seen in front-facing camera array.
Portrait Mode is now added to your selfies because this iPhone doesn’t have a single fixed-focus camera. This means your selfies can exhibit the stylish background blur too.
The depth of field is far better than the Beauty Mode that is popular on Android phones. The phone also packs flood illuminator, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, infrared camera, microphone, speaker and sophisticated face-mapping dot projector in the screen cut-out at the top beside the 7MP camera.
In fact, the TrueDepth camera is a beast, between Portrait Lighting selfie, Face ID, Portrait Selfies and Animoji.
- Mirrors your expressions accurately
- Combines animation with emoji
- Just like a more advanced Snapchat mask versions
Apple Animoji has taken emoji to the next level because it utilizes the TrueDepth camera to mirror your facial expressions on an animal and other creation.
Apple is working with Snapchat to bring more realistic contoured masks to photo sharing app using front-facing camera. There is a lot of potential behind the expression-driven creation.
iPhone X specs
Apple has debuted the new A11 Bionic chipset with its iPhone X, and it will have a six-core processor that will power all the latest AR technology and 3D games.
It means the six-core iPhone X chip has four high-performance cores. We won’t know the RAM until the iPhone X is prised open because Apple did not reveal its RAM specs.
iPhone X battery life and fast charging
- iPhone X lasts 2 hours longer than iPhone 7 of last year
- first fast-charging iPhone: 50 percent recharge in thirty minutes
What is interesting is that this iPhone X will be the first Apple handset (along both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus) that has fast-charging capabilities. This can give you 50 percent charge in just thirty minutes.
You will need to purchase the separately sold Lightning-to-USB-C cable and adapter for fast charging. But the iPhone X comes with lightning cable and underpowered 5W charging adapter that is even smaller than that of iPad charger.
Augmented Reality features
- apple has created the latest AR ecosystem
- it works on the older device too (A9 chip and higher)
- New demos are launching with iOS 11
Apple favors AR over VR. iOS 11 has already started transforming your world into a virtual playground, with the games that create digital objects on empty tables when you look through the iPhone.
So AR will play a big part on the iPhone X.
Portrait Lighting is effective
New user interface is intuitive
Face ID was erratic in demos
The display of the iPhone X actually wows everybody. The colors are so vivid on the all-screen front and truly feels like you are holding the best iPhone.
The AR effects are outstanding, but we can’t say they are game changing at this moment – we will wait to see how it works.
Apple has done a good job of explaining why Face ID is better than Touch ID but we need to be convinced by its performance because it is hard to know whether it is good enough as the demos were not near convincing enough.
So before we draw proper conclusion, it needs to be well tested – but we hope it will be flawless out of the box.
While question marks remain, we have no doubt that the iPhone X is actually the futuristic iPhone that we have been waiting for. But be ready to pay a huge sum for it.
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