After months of speculation, rumors and leaks, the iPhone X is finally here. Apple introduced its latest iPhone 10 years after its first iPhone, and made the case that this iPhone is the best iPhone — or perhaps even the best smartphone ever.
“The first iPhone revolutionized a decade of technology and changed the world in the process,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said on-stage at Tuesday’s press event in Cupertino. “Ten years later, it is only fitting that we are here in this place on this day to reveal the product that will set the path for technology for the next decade.”
Apple wasn’t the first to use many of these technological advancements, but the company is positioning the iPhone X as the device to beat. Here’s everything new in the 10th anniversary iPhone.
The iPhone X is glass from front to back, with side bands made from surgical stainless steel. The new model comes in a pearlescent space grey and silver. Why is it all glass? Wireless charging. More on that in a minute.
iPhone X looks completely different from its predecessors with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display. Apple calls the new panel a “Super Retina Display,” with a 2,436 x 1,125 resolution and 458 pixels per inch, the highest pixel density in an iPhone.
The High Dynamic Range display also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 formats for watching ultra-rich video content.
The iPhone X uses 3D Touch, so you’ll still be able to force press on the screen to preview web links or access app shortcuts.
The first thing you’ll notice when you see the iPhone X is that it lacks a home button. So how do you unlock your phone without Touch ID? Apple just introduced facial recognition to the iPhone in a feature called Face ID. The new TrueDepth camera system, made up of an infrared camera, selfie camera, flood illuminator and dot projector, captures your face and then processes the image using Apple’s new neural engine.
The face data is protected by the iPhone’s on-device secure enclave, which means your face isn’t in the cloud somewhere.
You use Face ID to unlock your phone and authenticate Apple Pay transactions in-store and in-app. Apple says the new biometric scanner is difficult to spoof.
With a more power-efficient OLED display, Apple says the iPhone X lasts two more hours than the iPhone 7.
Apple is finally embracing wireless charging in the 2017 iPhone models, including the iPhone X. The company is using the open Qi wireless charging standard, which means existing wireless charging pucks that use Qi will work with your iPhone (though, of course, Apple is working with accessory makers to make new chargers).
iPhone X will also support fast charge, finally.
Apple created a wireless charging base called AirPower that will power up three Apple gadgets at once: your iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X, the new AirPods charging case, and the Apple Watch Series 3.
There’s no longer a home button to press to wake your phone, so Apple now allows you to tap the display to wake it.