Last year we were introduced to the iPhone 7 and 7 plus. Without the headphone jack, it was a kind of a bummer but we had to embrace that fact. Apple introduced the new camera’s in both the 7 and 7 Plus which set the trend for better dual-cameras. But now we have the brand new iPhone X. We all knew more than one iPhone was going to be released at the event and here we are in September with two new completely different iPhones. Let’s talk about the new features that Apple has implemented in the brand new iPhone: The iPhone X.
If you don’t remember back in 2011, Apple introduced the iPhone 4S with a complete glass back. This is what made the phone unique but it did not carry on to further phones. Happily, Apple has brought that design back and has implemented it in the iPhone X. Why?
Well, we have all these phones that have wireless charging capability. We have been expecting the same thing since years and it has finally happened. Apple’s iPhone X now supports Wireless Charging. This is something that starts a whole new line for Apple. We now know that further on, every phone that Apple releases will have wireless charging capability. But this doesn’t mean they are removing the cable. Apple will still provide you with the charging cable and the adapter in the box but you will still need to buy the wireless charger separately. It is expected to cost around $70 extra and will be available in 2018. That is the mat. Wireless chargers will be in all places.
If you want to wireless charge in other places you should wait for about a month. This is because Apple has partnered with companies like Starbucks and airports that will have a flat table with a gray circle on it which is the Apple wireless charger. You can just set your phone there and then it will immediately start to charge. This is really nice because then you don’t have to open your bag or luggage to get a cable out and plug it in an outlet.
The problem is that you will not be able to lift up your phone to do something so you will have to bend down. It might be difficult to type but it will take time to get used to. Another problem with the entire glass back is that if you drop your phone it will immediately crack just like your iPhone 4S did back then. If you have a case, it might prevent some damage but it will most likely crack.
The iPhone X features a super retina display. With the iPhone X, the device is basically the display. The phone has an all‑new 5.8‑inch Super Retina screen which fills the hand. The screen basically outlines the rounded corners of the phone. The screen is even bigger than an iPhone 7 plus screen.
The front and back are glass. This means there are better chances of breaking when you drop the phone from a distance. But it won’t break entirely according to Apple. Apple claims that is the most durable glass but I highly doubt that. The iPhone X is engineered to be protected against water, splashes, and dust. This means that your iPhone will not get damaged and will not be affected by any these factors.
Since the screen is super big, there are now different gestures on the screen. Before, to exit an application or turn on your phone, one could use the home button. But since there is none, Apple has created a gesture in which you swipe up from the bottom of the screen and the open application shrinks away. But currently, when one swipes up, the control center pops up. So to fix this, Apple made it that you swipe down from the top right of the screen. To access your recent apps, swipe up from the bottom but stop your finger halfway through the screen.
Things have gotten much more complicated with the iPhone X but, once again, it will take some time to get used to.
Security has become a major issue in our country since a long time. For example, you take a look at the Equifax data breach that just happened. Almost 100 Million SSN’s got compromised and who knows now what we the hackers are doing with them. And so that is why Apple has added this new thing called Face ID.
The way how it works is when you are about to enter your phone you lift up the phone to your face and the new sensor near the front camera automatically detects your face and unlocks it. Apple claims that this will be more secure than any other phone.
The Face ID makes unlocking and paying fast, easy, and intuitive. More than 30,000 invisible dots are projected onto your face to build your unique facial map. The only problem is if there is too much only in your face then it will not work.
It was pretty funny to see this in action because on stage when Craig got up there to show Face ID it failed:
This proves that Face ID is still not the best but Apple is constantly improving this technology and hopefully this will be refined by the time it is launched in October.
The iPhone 7 Plus camera is the worlds most popular and powerful camera. Apple has decided to make it even better by having a new Dual-Camera set up at the back. But this time, it’s vertically aligned. But more notably, let’s talk about the front-facing cameras.
The selfie camera is a 7MP camera. It is considered the True Tone Camera because it can now support Portrait mode. This is super good because you can take a portrait mode picture of someone else but not you and so now you can take a portrait mode picture of your self-using the front camera.
Now that you have multiple sensors next to the camera it now supports a new feature called Animoji. The TrueDepth camera analyzes more than 50 different muscle movements to mirror your expressions in 12 Animojis. This means that when you move your face it will track it and the replicated it in the emoji that you selected. This is a good way to see emojis now a life and they are more interactive.
All the cameras on the phone have this new feature called Portrait Lighting. This feature is currently in beta but what Portrait Lighting does is it combines complex software and hardware like depth‑sensing cameras and facial mapping to produce the effect of real studio lighting.
Both cameras in the back are 12MP that will support this feature. But just, in general, the iPhone camera is way more powerful and better which will help you take better pictures of your family and friends.
The phone cost about $1000 which may be too expensive for a phone but it also slightly reasonable. When looking at it in detail, it does contain many new features for an iPhone that would be reasonable to pay another $100 for if you were planning on buying the iPhone 8/8 plus.