Apple's iPhone X Unveiled

Apple's iPhone X Unveiled
The new flagship iPhone offers an OLED display and drops the home button in favor of facial recognition.

(CCM) — After months of speculation, Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone X (pronounced "iPhone Ten"), its new flagship smartphone.

The phone has an "edge-to-edge" 5.8–inch "Super Retina" 458ppi OLED display. In a break with iPhone tradition, it drops the iconic home button. Users can swipe up on the screen to replicate the functionality of a short press of the home button, while Siri can be invoked by pressing a button on the side of the iPhone X instead of a long press of the home button. Apple has dropped its TouchID fingerprint recognition, replacing it with a facial recognition system that can even work in the dark using infra-red dots to pick out facial features.

A key new feature is the ability to create and send animated emojis which mimic the facial expressions of the user. Although these can only be created on the iPhone X, they can be viewed by users of other iPhone models.

Other new features include a portrait mode which can automatically detect the subject and blur the background and a relighting feature, which uses a neural network to recognize a face and adjust the shadows and contrast of facial features before or after a photo is taken. Battery life will also be two hours longer than on the iPhone 7.

The 64 GB iPhone X will be available to pre-order on October 27, 2017 priced at $999, with a 256 GB version available at a later date for $1,149.

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