By Robert Marrujo:: It was a busy morning for Apple in its shiny, new Cupertino facilities. Apple Park, as its called, is also home to the Steve Jobs Theater, which is where the event was broadcasted from. This inaugural event revealed a number of new products coming from the tech giant; let's break them down and see what's what, starting with iPhone X (which is pronounced "10" not "X" and is in honor of iPhone's tenth anniversary).
iPhone X was leaked prior to its unveiling this morning by data miners, but it the actual reveal was nonetheless still full of surprises. As has been suspected for a while now, the device will feature a touch screen that dominates virtually the entire front of the phone. The iconic "home" button is gone, replaced with a larger side button that allows for Siri activation, while lifting the phone will wake it. Getting home requires little more than a swipe up from the bottom of the screen (which should sound familiar to old school BlackBerry smart device users).
Essentially Touch ID except instead of a finger you're using your face. Using the phone's True Depth camera system, iPhone X can "learn" or recognize its user's face, allowing the device to then unlock. Apparently there's a "one in a million" chance that someone else's face can unlock another person's iPhone X—that's going to be something to keep an eye on post-launch, surely.
There are a ton of other features, which we'll list below:
- Glass front and back
- Water/dust resistant
- 5.8" Super Retina Display
- 458 ppi
- HDR Support
- 3D Touch
- True Tone Display
- A11 Bionic chip
- Animoji (emoji that are animated and use face tracking)
- 12MP dual cameras + Quad-LED True Tone flash
- Dual optical image stabilization
The baseline model has 64GB of storage and will sell for $999 (!) on November 7. An upgraded 256GB model will be available for $1099. Preorders will begin on October 27. Keep it tuned here for more info about today's Apple event!