While the world was anticipating the release of iPhone 8, it seemed Apple had another surprise in store for us: iPhone X. The phone, which will be released in November, seems to pack a punch with its prowess and capabilities. It marries the capabilities of iPhone 7 Plus with newer features, so it’s no surprise that Apple is promoting it with the tagline “The future is here” – some of the features really make us think so. Scroll through the gallery to find out everything we know about the phone.
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It has a 5.8-inch display
Both the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus have 5.5-inch screens, which makes the iPhone X slightly bigger. It also has Super Retina Display, which means the screen will show you images and videos in crisp, stunning colours. There’s also a new True Tone® feature, which automatically adjusts white balance (or colour temperature) according to surrounding light to make display appear as true as possible.
While the press release went into specifics, we shall not confuse you with the technicalities. Just know that it’s very powerful and fast, which means you can run your AR apps and play 3D games without a hitch.
It has a curved display
OK, we gotta be honest on this one: It reminds us of the Samsung Galaxy Edge with its curved finish. But unlike the latter, the screen for iPhone X remains within its original screen parameters, so you won’t accidentally load an app while holding your phone in your hand. Why the curved finish then? It looks more sleek, don’t you think?
It has image stabilisation
Though this shouldn’t be anything new to you if you’ve used iPhone 7 Plus, the new iPhone X’s rear camera is equipped with dual optical image stabilisation. Which means, you’re less likely to take a blurred shot. Perfect for a celebrity sighting, no?
You can take photos in low-light conditions
Again, no surprise for iPhone 7 Plus users, but this phone is equipped with ƒ/1.8 aperture on the wide-angle camera and ƒ/2.4 aperture on the telephoto camera. Basically, the lower the aperture, the more amount of light can enter your camera, allowing you to take great photos even in low-light conditions. So if you’re going to a beach party, or helping your BFF document a romantic proposal by the beach that’s lit only by candles, you probably can take decent photos and videos that can go into her wedding day reel.
It has wireless charging
It seems Apple is determined to get rid of pesky cables, starting with Apple Watch, and then AirPods®, and now iPhone X. Instead of connecting your lightning cable to your port as you’ll do usually, this uses a contact area to charge your phone. We’re not sure how this works if you’re trying to use your phone while charging it (we know you shouldn’t, but don’t we all?) – you might have to use it while it’s flat on the table/charging dock. Have Apple Watch and AirPods® as well, and want to cut down the hassle of charging? In 2018, Apple will be releasing AirPower™, a charging accessory that allows you to charge up to three devices, including iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3 and a new charging case for AirPods®.
You can do a lot of things with your face
Your face will be powerful (if it isn’t already is) with the new iPhone X. It’s equipped with the new Face ID® feature, which allows you to unlock your phone and pay using Apple Pay (you currently have to use fingerprint recognition or a passcode), among others. But don’t worry about others being able to access your phone just by holding your photo up to the camera – it doesn’t work that way.
You can animate your face into an emoji
Apparently, the camera can capture the movements of 50 of your muscles and turn them into different animal emojis – or Animoji – including a panda, unicorn (!!!) and robots. Perfect to send those friends who just don’t get the meaning behind certain emojis. Surely they’ve seen enough of your face to be able to read the Animoji’s expressions?! Click here to see how it works.
There’s Portrait mode – both on front and back cameras
We’ll say this here: iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait mode basically reinvented phone photography, in our opinion. But while it only worked with the rear camera on its predecessor (which means someone’s gotta help you take that chio photo of yourself), you’ll be pleased to know that thanks to the TrueDepth™ camera, this feature will also work with your front camera now. Which means, you can have super pretty selfies without even zhng-ing them. In case you’re wondering what the Portrait mode does, it helps to create a depth-of-field effect, like what pro photographers do. That’s not all – you can choose among five lighting effects to see which best suits the lighting or the mood you’re looking to achieve, thanks to a feature called Portrait Lighting.
Pre-orders start October 27 in Singapore
If you want to get your hands on this phone, register your interest on October 27. The stores will only hit stores on November 3, so don’t hound the folks at Apple store or your telco operators if you don’t receive your set a week after pre-ordering. It will be available in silver and space grey in 64GB and 256GB models starting at S$1,648 from Apple.com/sg and Apple Stores and is also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and carriers (prices may vary).