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IPhone X First Look: About Face

13 September 2017

Part of the product unveil included augmented reality support. The X may have a sturdier stainless steel frame, but it now has a glass back. The Home button's Touch ID (fingerprint scanner) is replaced by FaceID, which scans your face to unlock the iPhone X.

The iPhone X's full-screen display may be the first thing you notice about the new device, but Apple's upgraded front-facing camera deserves your attention, too. However, Apple wants to introduce this to more than just the phones in their ecosystem of products. "The iPhone 8's Retina HD display adds the True Tone feature that the iPad Pro (10.5") features along with a wider color gamut. The new variants have been embedded with new Stereo Speakers and a powerful A11 Bionic chip. Not only is the iPhone X's starting price a staggering $999, but the iPhone 8 starts at $699 - $50 more than Apple's entry level iPhone usually starts at.

Today (Sept. 12), the tech company announced their new iPhone lineup, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the iPhone X "the most advanced iPhone" ever.

We're used to paying a premium for Apple devices, but this one may be a record.

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The exact break up of the prices is thus: iPhone 8 (64 GB) at Rs 64,000; iPhone 8 (256 GB) at Rs 77,000; iPhone 8 Plus (64 GB) at Rs 73,000 and the iPhone 8 Plus (256 GB) at Rs 86,000. It sets a new price threshold for any smartphone meant to appeal to a mass market.

When it launches next week, the iPhone 8 could be the first ever new iPhone to be greeted with a yawn.

However, the launch did not go fully to plan as Apple vice president Craig Federighi initially failed to unlock the device using Face ID.

The Steve Jobs Theater overlooks the new Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., called Apple Park, which is a futuristic location that Jobs envisioned where employees create the next generation of technology. The price of Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular starts at $399 and the non-cellular variant starts at $329.

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The watch is powered by Apple's S3 SoC, which the company says is 70% faster than the previous chip and offers faster app launching and smoother graphics. The iPhone X supports several new swiping gestures that do just that.

In the recorded speech, Jobs says "the act of making something with a great deal of care and love" is "a way of expressing to the rest of our species, our deep appreciation". It'll also detect abnormal heart rhythms. The original Series 1, without Global Positioning System, sells for $249, down from $269. That way consumers can leave their phone but still be connected via their watch.

Apple announced a new version of Apple TV with 4K capabilities. The iPhone X Super Retina display supports 2046×1125 resolution, with 455 PPI, and HDR in both Dolby Vision and HDR. They will be sold at the same prices as high-definition video, which tends to be a few dollars more than standard-definition versions. Apple also informed that it;s been working with Netflix and Amazon Prime to bring their 4K originals to Apple TV.

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IPhone X First Look: About Face