Apple’s event from the Steve Jobs Theater on Sept. 12 confirmed rumors of a high-end iPhone named the iPhone X (or “ten”), as well as highlighted new features of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models. Here are some of the highlights.
The new Super Retina 5.8-inch True Tone display on the iPhone X utilizes OLED technology at 2436×1125 pixels and 458 ppi (2.7 million pixels).
What’s a nice surprise is the new Super Retina display supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) content encoded with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. And, boasts a one million-to-one contrast ratio.
In a bit of comic relief, Apple’s Craig Federighi called it “the first OLED great enough to be in an iPhone.”
Both cameras (back and front) in the iPhone X feature 12 megapixels (same as iPhone 8 Plus), with f1.8 and f2.4 apertures, OIS Quad-LED True Tone flash, and optical image stabilization. There’s also portrait mode for selfies via OIS TrueDepth on both cameras!
Face ID will be how the new iPhone will be used for security (of course, there is no more Home button). Apple apparently built a neural engine with 600 billion operations per second to support the technology called the “A11 Bionic” neural engine.
According to Apple, the chances of faking the FaceID technology is one in one million (compared to 1 in 50,000 with fingerprint ID).
FaceID works with ARKit and augmented reality, and during the event Federighi spent quite a bit of time showing off Snapchat iPhone X AR with animojis.
Processing on the iPhone X utilizes two performance cores, four high-efficiency cores, 2nd-gen Apple performance controller, Apple GPU, ISP and video encoder. The iPhone X uses the A11 Bionic chip (same as iPhone 8).
Battery life is improved to 2 more hours than the iPhone 7 with Qi-certified wireless charging. And, a charging mat that can also charge Apple Watch and AirPods using new standard AirPower (coming in 2018).
The iPhone X is made from stainless steel and glass, but the band is made of surgical grade stainless steel. Finishes on the iPhone X are available in either Space Gray or Silver.
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