As it is the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone’s existence, Apple is appropriately coming out with the latest iPhone – iPhone X.
By now, the release of the iPhone 8 is old news. It’s time for the iPhone of the tenth generation. Packed with a number of improvements, the iPhone X may just be the most anticipated phone of the year.
Releasing on October 27, Apple promises upgrades like facial recognition, a visage consisting entirely of screen, an OLED Super Retina display screen, a substantially advanced camera, longer battery life, wireless charging, and many more novel features.
Probably most interesting is the facial recognition feature of the iPhone X. This new upgrade is controversial, garnering both fascination and criticism alike. Understandably, many are dubious of this new element; it would be so easy to manipulate the face detectors and hack the phone. But Apple reassures skeptics with its TrueDepth sensor, which consists of numerous different types of detectors: the typical front-camera, accompanied by ambient light sensors, proximity sensors, a microphone, and speakers, as well as newest additions of an infrared camera, dot projector, and flood illuminator. Essentially, the facial recognition feature is able to detect faces three-dimensionally. It is almost impossible to deceive the high-tech sensors.
In terms of physical appearance, the biggest difference is the fact that the front face of the phone consists solely of screen. Apple has gotten rid of the home-button, and the newest iPhone now bears a sleek screen, without anything else. The screen itself, an OLED Super Retina display screen, is also a major upgrade from previous models. It exceeds previous screen display capabilities, exhibiting accurate colors, portraying true blacks, and having a contrast ratio of 1 to 1,000,000.
Even more, the iPhone X boasts a camera that is difficult to beat, even with today’s modern technology. One of the most advanced smartphone cameras, this camera now offers optical image stabilization for both the front and the back lenses and portrait lighting. The optical image stabilization balances the colors low-light images and stabilizes videos while the portrait lighting provides studio lighting for better-than-ever selfies.
Of course, what’s a new phone without an enhanced battery life? The latest model has definitely improved from previous generations. The iPhone X is capable of reaching 50% battery within half an hour, although it does require an additional accessory: a Lightning-To-USB-C cable. The newest iPhone is also compatible with wireless charging. However, a separate wireless charger purchase is required for this; the iPhone X does not include a wireless charger.
Junior YeJin Hwang of Valencia High School says, “The newest addition to the line of iPhones seems to be a dramatic change from anything Apple has ever done before. I’m excited to see what will become of this iPhone X.”