iPhone X Features
10 years after the original iPhone, Apple unveiled what they call “the future of smartphones” in the iPhone X. Apple turned heads when they announced the iPhoneX will be priced at $999 leaving many people asking if it would be better to settle for the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. Unavailable for pre-order until October 27, with recent rumors claiming production could be delayed, the supply will be extremely limited at first. You’re probably asking if there are any new, game changing features that will make it worth the wait. Let’s take a look at the most notable iPhone X features and compare some of them to the iPhone 8 so you can make that decision.
Screen and Display
The first iPhone X feature you notice is the front of the phone being all-screen similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8. The edge-to-edge screen is something that has never been done before by Apple. Previous Apple phones and the 8/8 Plus have an LCD display, but for the iPhone X, Apple has changed to a 5.8-inch OLED display which offers more vivid colors, images, and has a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio. That means the home button will no longer be on the phone. This move has almost been as controversial as the removal of the headphone jack. To unlock the phone, that brings us to the one of the iPhone X features that has everyone talking.
If you don’t want to use a password to unlock the phone, you can use the new Face ID feature. This replaces the Touch ID which used a fingerprint sensor. Although Apple claims that there is a 1 in 1,000,000 chance that someone can go into your phone using Face ID, many people are still skeptical about the idea. For those concerned about wearing hats, changing hair styles, growing a beard, or even wearing glasses, the iPhone X will still be able to recognize your face. In an emergency situation, or if you just do not like the feature, it can be turned off by holding the side button for a few seconds. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus do not have the Face ID feature and will continue to use Touch ID.
Battery Life and Wireless
Apple has added an A11 bionic chip to the iPhone X and iPhone 8. Without getting too technical, it will basically increase battery life by up to 2 hours longer than the iPhone 7 and create a faster performance. Apple’s new AirPower charging pad for wireless charging will work with new Apple products with an AirPod case, including the iPhone X, but not the 8 or 8 Plus. Apple has yet to announce the price of the AirPower.
The iPhone X and iPhone both get camera redesigns, now having a 12MP dual-lens camera. The cameras on the back of each phone are fairly similar, but there are some differences that make the iPhone X better. First, both camera sensors have optical image stabilization, which is great for people who have shaky hands when taking a photo. Another exclusive iPhone X feature is the addition of Portrait Mode to the front-facing camera, so you can now make your selfies look better and more professional.
Probably the coolest iPhone X feature is the new augmented reality features. Augmented reality is something that Apple will be continuously pushing now and in the future. Although AR will work on older devices, it reaches its full potential with iOS11. Although most people think of only games when it comes to AR, it’s more than that. There are fun features, like seeing GIFs and emojis in real time, and useful features like seeing what furniture from IKEA would look like in your home.
Apple is taking a page out of Snapchat’s book with Animoji. The TrueDepth front-facing camera can mimic the facial expressions you make on certain emojis. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s a fun feature nonetheless.
For those who like familiarity and want things to stay fairly similar from previous iPhones, the 8 and 8 Plus will most likely be better options for you. On the other hand, if you haven’t been blown away by the latest iPhones for the past couple years, the iPhone X and its new features may be worth giving a shot.