The Apple Event this week has me torn — in a good way. Immediately following the company’s unveiling of the next iPhones (yes, that’s plural) I was quickly asked which would I get next and if I was thinking about switching up? It’s a tough decision. Not one but THREE new iPhones will enter into the market place before the end of this year. The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X have been announced with a range of new features.
Can I switch up my current iPhone 7 Plus? I’m practically in married to it. I’ve fallen in love with the size of the larger device since I’m pretty much using it for everything especially the camera. So, if I was to change, I think my eye is on the iPhone 8 Plus…and maybe also because it’s lucky number 8? But in the past few days my iPhone friends have been chatting about the interesting features in the new iPhone X. So, now I’m really torn. Should I step up? The features are very enticing.
If you’re wondering why it’s called the “X”? Well, it’s the 10th anniversary of when Apple first introduced the iPhone. “For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realization of that vision,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “With the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionized the mobile phone with Multi-Touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone — one in which the device disappears into the experience.”
So, after watching the live stream of the announcements, here are 10 features that really caught my attention:
A11 BIONIC CHIP: Just as it sounds, this new chip with a ‘neural engine’ makes this a faster, stronger and more efficient device. It thinks fast and multitasks more efficiently, lasts two hours longer (than the iPhone 7), has better graphics, and is designed for specific machine learning algorithms and enables Face ID, Animojis and other features.
SUPER RETINA DISPLAY: This 5.8 inch is the first OLED panel offers even richer colours and a “million-to-one” contrast ratio. The HDR display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10, which together will make photo AND video content more spectacular.
FACIAL ID: I thought this would be coming in the future. I didn’t think it would be ready now. The technology uses a state-of-the-art TrueDepth Camera system. It’s made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator to accurately map and recognize a face. It’s also designed to adapt to physical changes in appearance over time. Whoa! This is definitely interesting since we all can’t be 29 forever. By the way, all saved facial information is protected by a secure enclave (not in cloud) to keep data even safer.
AUGMENTED REALITY: Gaming just got real…or more realistic with AR abilities on the iPhone X. Players are more immersed into games for a more enriched play. The cameras on the iPhone X are custom tuned for AR and individually calibrated for accurate motion tracking. For sure this will lend itself to some pretty fun experiences.
TAKES EVEN BETTER PHOTOS: The iPhone X features a redesigned dual 12-megapixel rear camera system with dual optical image stabilization. The f/1.8 aperture on the wide-angle camera joins an improved f/2.4 aperture on the iPhone’s camera for better photos and videos. According to Apple, it also delivers the highest quality video capture EVER on a smartphone (4K video up to 60 fps and 1080p slo-mo to 240fps).
PORTRAIT MODE: This was a BIG selling feature for me on the iPhone 7 Plus. As someone who takes pretty much all my photos using this device, the Portrait Mode gives more depth on focused subjects with a soft blurring effect in the background. On the iPhone X, this feature extends to the front of the camera as well. Your selfies are going to really stand out now! Also new is the addition of Portrait Lighting on both the front and rear cameras to bring more dramatic effects to your images. Think studio lighting! The Portrait Lighting will offer five different lighting styles.
ANIMOJIS: Okay, it’s not critical to have this AT ALL. But darn cute! With the iPhone X’s facial recognition you can turn your face into an animated and talking emoji on screen. It mimics your expression and lip movement. You can record and send Animoji messages via iMessage. The app is pre-installed on the iPhone X.
WATER & DUST RESISTANT: iPhone X is splash, water and dust resistant. Okay cool. I think I’ll always be nervous with my devices near water but good to know that I won’t have to panic looking for rice to dry out a phone ever again. Have you done that?
NO MORE HOME BUTTON: The iPhone X is designed to optimize the full-screen and wraps right to the edge of the phone. The home button is gone and it’s all about swiping. iOS 11 actually was redesigned to take full advantage of the Super Retina Display and replaces the Home button. Simply swipe from the bottom to “go home”.
WIRELESS CHARGING: I know a few friends who like this option and now with the glass back design the iPhone X, this too can be juiced up by simply placing on a charging mat. Apple revealed the AirPower that will be in stores in 2018 that will simultaneously charge up to three devices at once. It will also work on certain existing charging mats already in the marketplace.
The features are just a top-line here. As it rolls out and gets into the hands of reviewers, we’ll be hearing and seeing much more. So, how much you ask? iPhone X starts at $1319 (CAD) with preorders in Canada beginning October 27 and available beginning November 3. It will be available in silver and space grey in 64GB and 256GB models.
If you’re interested in finding out what’s coming with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus as well as the new Apple Watch Series 3, you can learn about them at apple.com