iPhone X design
- New glass design that enables wireless charging
- Bigger display, but smaller than Plus phones
- Easier to hold than an iPhone Plus phone, too
- Remains water-resistant and comes in only two colors
Apple managed to make the iPhone X bigger, yet smaller at the same time. It’ll have a more expansive 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen (that’s the bigger part), but the size is actually smaller than a Plus-sized iPhone. It also feels lighter.
How? The iPhone X dimensions give you a shorter height of 5.65 inches (143.6 mm) and, importantly, a smaller width of 2.79 inches (70.9 mm) vs a Plus phone. It weights a lighter 6.14 ounces (174 grams), too.
The iPhone X will be easier to hold in one hand. Even if you were turned off by the size of the Plus models but are enamored by the screen size, you’ll still be able to upgrade to iPhone X without a problem.
That’s good news because the front and back of the phone are now made of glass, eschewing the usual aluminum casing.
Like last year’s iPhone, the iPhone X is waterproof, or water-resistant. It has an IP 67 rating, which means the phone can be 1m (about 3.3 feet) under water for 30 minutes, according to Apple’s tests.
iPhone X screen
- Vibrant 5.8-inch edge-to-edge AMOLED screen
- Apple’s ‘Super Retina Display’ makes its debut
- Quad HD+ display with a 2436 x 1125 resolution
Apple’s new iPhone X screen is considered an all-screen display, or what it calls a ‘Super Retina Display.’ It’s not elegantly named, but it comes with perks.
It uses a 5.8-inch OLED display, a first for an iPhone compared to the LCD displays used before. Apple says it’s the first OLED that’s ‘great’ enough to be on an iPhone.
This is also Apple’s first edge-to-edge display, which means it lacks bezel at the top and is missing the home button at the bottom, replacing them with more screen. It doesn’t have curved screen sides like Samsung’s phones, however.
iOS 11 will be retooled to fit the iPhone X display a little better, with more features (that you can read about below).
And we’ll be getting dynamic wallpapers as well, little videos that play in the background of things like the lockscreen.
No more home button
- Bezel-less iPhone X screen eliminates the home button
- Flick an open app upward to return to the home screen
- Control Center is now a swipe-down-from-the-top gesture
You won’t find a physical home button on the iPhone X, or any home button at all. Apple’s all-screen design doesn’t have room for it or the fingerprint sensor.
Having no home button and Touch ID sensor is going to be the biggest change that long-time Apple users will have to get used to the new iPhone controls.
How do you return to the home screen without a home button? Simply flick an open app upward from the bottom, like you’re throwing it away. This, oddly enough, is your new home button. You bypass the lock screen the same way (once you’re authenticated with Face ID or a password).
The fanned-out multitasking menu can be accessed by dragging an app upward, but pausing for a second (don’t let go) and it’ll appear with other open apps. You can also swipe along the very bottom edge of the screen to switch between apps more quickly. This shortcut is akin to the browsing the watch faces gallery on an Apple Watch.
Since the swipe-up-from-the-bottom gesture is now occupied by the return to home mechanic, Control Center has been moved to a swipe down gesture. Just slide your finger down from the top-right-aligned battery icon and you can see the new iOS 11 Control Center dash. Swiping from the top on the left side of the screen reveals the notifications screen.
The Sleep/Wake button has been renamed the side button (also matching the Apple Watch). Holding it in for a second summons Siri, and double pressing it brings up Apple Pay, which can now be authenticated with Face ID.
iPhone X dual-lens camera
- Redesigned 12MP dual-lens camera
- Telephoto lens OIS and a wider aperture
- Portrait Mode enhanced by Portrait Lighting
Apple says it has redesigned its cameras, though it sticks with much of the same specs as last year: You get 12MP cameras with every new 2017 iPhone.
Of course, if you want a dual-lens camera you have to go with the iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus, and if you want optical image stabilization on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses, you’ll have to buy the iPhone X.
OIS helps make up for hand shakiness when taking photos. The camera lens actually moves with your unsteady hands. Now it’s on the telephoto lens, too, so you photos with 2x optical zoom can be blur-free as well.
The iPhone X camera sensors are also larger and faster, capturing what Apple calls “deep pixels” with either an f/1.8 aperture (wide-angle) or improved f/2.4 aperture (telephoto) lens. It also uses its new A11 Bionic chip and machine learning to optimize for scenes even before an image is taken.
Last year’s Portrait Mode gave us bokeh-rich (background-blur-added) portrait photos. This year, Apple is introducing Portrait Lighting. It can transform the light in a scene, going as far as changing a background, or apply lightning to a persons face, as if they were being hit by lights in a studio. It reminds us of a live version of Instagram, but done on the phone’s default camera app and smartly focused on a person’s face, not the entire photo.
iPhone X video recording in 4K hasn’t changed, but capturing a slow-motion has. It can now record 240 frames per second in 1080p, up from doing it in 720p. The compromise of capturing slow-motion video at a lower resolution is gone.
- 7MP front-facing camera takes Portait Mode selfies
- TrueDepth is full of face-mapping sensors
Apple’s iPhone X TrueDepth camera is no ordinary selfie camera. Its 7MP again, but packs more technology than we’ve ever seen in a front-facing camera array.
It adds Portrait Mode to your selfies, giving us the first iPhone that doesn’t have a single fixed-focus camera. This means your selfies can exhibit that stylish background blur, too.
Depth of field is way better than the Beauty Mode that’s popular on Android phones. The blur effect deserves to be on the background, not your skin.
What else is packed into the screen cut-out at the top besides the 7MP camera? An infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, speaker, microphone and sophisticated face-mapping dot projector.
The TrueDepth camera is a beast, between Portrait Selfies, Portrait Lighting Selfies (nope, it’s not just on the back camera), Face ID, and Animoji.
- Combines animations with emoji, of course
- Mirrors your facial expressions quite accurately
- Like a more advanced versions of a Snapchat mask
Animoji has Apple taking emoji to the next level, utilizing its TrueDepth camera to mirror your facial expressions on a animals or… other creations, yes, like the poo emoji.
A dozen of these animated emojis will be available in Apple’s Messages app, and the camera will be able to bring them to life by tracking 50 of your facial muscle movements.
It’s more than just intrigued eyebrow looks.
The iMessages app is already exploding with fun stickers and special effects and we didn’t think we’d be using a year ago. The same is being said of Animoji. If they seems a bit meaningless and silly now, check back with us in a year.
It’s no surprise that Apple is working with Snapchat on using the front-facing camera to bring new, more realistically contoured masks to its photo-sharing app. There’s a lot of potential behind this expression-driven creation.
- A11 Bionic has six cores and is 25% faster than iPhone 7 CPU
- Doubles the number of efficiency cores to be 70% faster
- Translates into more power for 3D games and AR
Apple has debuted its new ‘A11 Bionic’ chipset with the iPhone X, and it’ll have a six-core processor to power all of the latest 3D games and AR technology.
What does that mean? The six-core iPhone X chip has four efficiency cores, double the two efficiency cores on the four-core iPhone 7 Plus. That translates into a 70% faster CPU efficiency cores.
What are the other two cores? They’re the high-performance cores, and while the new iPhone X and last year’s iPhone have two cores each, Apple says they’re 25% faster and the iPhone X can even use all six at the same time for a turbo boost. It’s smartly designed.
We won’t know the RAM for certain until someone pries open an iPhone X, as Apple doesn’t reveal its RAM specs. But a Chinese regulatory agency has listed it as having 3GB, while one earlier report also suggested the iPhone X will come with 3GB of RAM, the same amount we saw Apple pack into the iPhone 7 Plus.