Apple just announced the iPhone X, it’s much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone. With a brand new design that includes an edge-to-edge screen, it’s the biggest change to the iPhone Apple has made in years.
“The first iPhone revolutionized a decade of technology,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage. “Now 10 years later it is only fitting that we are here in this place on this day to reveal a product that will set the path for technology for the next decade.” It’s the first iPhone to come with an OLED screen, which is a different type of display technology that offers richer blacks and better contrast.
The iPhone X will be available in gray and silver finishes, and includes a new screen Apple calls a Super Retina display. It measures 5.8-inch diagonally and has a 2,436 x 1,135 resolution.
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It’s also the first and only iPhone without a home button — instead, you’ll wake up the phone by tapping the screen. Users will now swipe up from the bottom of the screen to navigate back to the home screen and launch the app switcher.
One of the biggest changes coming to the iPhone X is facial recognition. This new Face ID feature is powered by a camera system that includes an infrared camera, a dot projector, and an ambient light sensor among other components. Apple says the technology will also work in the dark and in real time, whether you’re wearing glasses or other accessories that may obscure the face. And, more importantly, Apple says it can’t be spoofed by photographs, which some have recognized as being an issue with Samsung’s phones. Face ID will work with Apple Pay and third-party apps as well.
Apple showcased how its new facial recognition system could be used in Snapchat. When demonstrating the phone on stage, Apple’s Craig Federighi showed how the app’s mask-like filters fit more accurately on the face.