The iPhone is one of the most popular-selling phones in the entire world, with its first generation impressing the world in 2007. Mass produced by Apple Inc, there are many reasons that the iPhone has continued to be a must-have for many people.
Whether you own an iPhone or not, you’ve probably heard about the newest generation coming out on November 3, 2017. With preorders flying in left and right, production on the phone is said to be backed up because of all of the crazy dynamics that Apple has included in their newest invention. What is so crazy about the iPhone X though?
Read on to find out the top 10 features you’ll want to know about before you join the queue.
15. Where’s Siri? How Do You Turn Your Phone Off? Take Screen Shots?
Siri, the first in the market digital assistant is no longer accessible by pressing and holding the home button as everyone did for the last few years when they’ve had too much to drink and need to find a pizza place that will still deliver to their house. With the iPhone X, people will instead hold down the side button, which is typically how people turned off their pre-X iPhones. That raises the question, how exactly do I turn this thing off?
Apple has included a way for you to shut your phone down in the Settings “app”. The question then becomes, how do you turn it back on (and how mad will Siri be that you left her in the dark?). Beyond that, the ability to take screenshots has changed and considering the size of the screen on this bad boy(or girl), it seems built for amazing screenshots.
To take a screenshot on your iPhone X you need to, get ready, “Squeeze your phone” and press the sleep/wake button and the volume up button at the same time. That’s not a joke. While it may hurt your brain and force it to rewire itself, it is apparently worth the hand cramp and 50:50 chance that your brain will hemorrhage.
14. In Case of an Emergency!
Apple is the largest company in the world. Sadly, we live in a world (especially in the United States, where terrorist attacks and mass shootings happen on a semi-regular basis. Because of that, Apple has features on their phone that allows you to enter Emergency Mode without entering your password/Touch ID/Face ID. That’s old news though.
It also gives you immediate access to dialing emergency services without using a password to access your phone, which is nifty and could come in handy as you never know these days.
13. More Control (Especially over Face ID)
There are a lot of people that don’t trust the government or corporations and balked at the fact that they needed to use their fingerprint to open their iPhone 6s. See, Apple is then able to store your fingerprint on a large server which allows governments to scan fingerprints for terrorist activity and if they get a hit they’ll be able to use the Find my iPhone feature to track you down right the correct longitude and latitude.
That’s the idea, anyway, so when it was announced that Apple was ditching Touch ID (some) people were relieved until it was announced that Apple was working on facial recognition software as a way to unlock one’s phone.
12. Player Privacy?
One feature of previous iPhones that is definitely responsible for more relationship breakups than an unexpected pregnancy is the fact that text previews essentially pop(ped) up on the lock screen regardless of whether or not you wanted them to.
On top of that, the X is becoming more and more intuitive as it will show you the previews but only when you’re looking directly at the phone (so it can scan your face). Now, that could allow an insecure boyfriend or girlfriend to hold the phone up to your face while you’re sleeping, but still it’s nice to know that Apple understands that their customers aren’t perfect and also that they’re listening to what people want.
One of the larger complaints that people have had with their sub-8 iPhones is that it’s hard to multi-task. On the iPhone X? Basically, you’re able to swipe left or right on the home bar to go straight to the next app, which is the best combination of being faster while also feeling a lot more intuitive.
If you’re going to drop $1,000 on a smartphone you’re going to want one that basically operates like a handheld computer. Now, people have been calling smartphones “hand-held computers” (Ask Newt Gingrich) but if you’re actually looking for something like a computer that can handle multiple apps while also making it extremely easy to switch between those apps.
A couple of the reviews of the X called the phone “Multi-Tasking for Pros” and it definitely does feel a lot closer to something that you could replace your PC with, tangibly.
10. Power-efficient battery
Thankfully, according to Apple, the iPhone X is set to have a “custom battery design that lasts up to two hours longer between charges than iPhone 7”. The iPhone 7, which can usually retain a life of about 12 hours, isn’t a huge difference from the very first iPhone, which averaged around 8 or 9 hours of performance before dropping to a dangerously low percentage. Despite this, the supposed 14 hours being promoted by the iPhone X is something that all Apple fans can be excited about.
The general battery life of any phone depends heavily on how much interaction the device receives throughout the day, however. Buzzfeed recently tested how much battery percentage they had while using the iPhone X by monitoring times, percentages, and what they did throughout the day to create a 7-day chart.
On the worst day, which happened to be Day 1 of the experiment, the iPhone X fell to 9% by just 20 minutes shy of 4pm. The best day depicted 22% battery life by 12:34am after the user removed the device from its charger at 7:10am.
The worst day represented the phone’s highest usage amount, whereas the best day represented minimal usage, defining a toss-up in how much better the iPhone X’s battery life is.
9. The A11 Bionic chip
The new iPhone X is suited with an A11 Bionic chip, the predecessor to their previously created A10 Fusion processor. To simplify it, the A10 Fusion was a four-core mechanism, with two cores that focused on performance and two that focused on effectiveness.
Flash forward to the upcoming A11 Bionic chip, and you’re looking at six active cores instead of the previous four cores. Two are still focused on performance, although at a rate that is 25% better than before, and four are focused on effectiveness, with a whopping 70% increase in speed between last year’s processor. This roughly translates to: the A11 Bionic chip is a whole lot of awesomeness.
The custom-made processor is being introduced by Apple for the first time ever and will be implemented into the iPhone X as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Their design is meant to create more functionality when it comes to utilizing applications versus the amount of power that the phone itself has to do that.
8. Improved camera
As with every new iPhone release, one of the unspoken mandatory updates that always comes out is an updated camera. With each passing year, a multitude of aspects from how good the lens is to its interchangeable capabilities are adjusted to fit in with the new device as a whole. For the iPhone X, Apple is introducing one of its biggest changes yet with a TrueDepth camera, which completely affects a multitude of features that pop up throughout this list.
The camera itself introduces two awesome features – Portrait mode and Portrait lighting. Portrait mode allows the user to take a picture as if someone else is taking the image for them by playing with the depth, lighting, and angles of the photograph. This is done by using the dual cameras integrated into the iPhone X’s system to create the perfect selfie. Portrait lighting allows the user to then apply one of four different lighting options to the Portrait mode image. These include Studio Light, which brightens the features of your face; Contour Light, which creates a more dramatic lighting effect; Stage Light, which creates a spotlight that focuses on your face; and Stage Mono, which combines a typical stage light with the sophisticated black-and-white color scheme.
In addition to these new features, the back lens of the iPhone X features a “vertical 12-megapixel dual-lens camera arrangement.” Through this, the camera itself is completely upgraded and balanced with additional color filters, optimized zoom effects, enhanced pixels, and high-quality videos, in accompaniment with a new LED flashing mechanism.
7. Water and dust resistant
The official page for the iPhone X on Apple’s website simply claims that the device has “water and dust resistance”. At the bottom of the page, a side note explains this feature a bit better. It reads: “iPhone X is splash, water, and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529.”
In simpler words, this means that, although many may think that water resistant means waterproof, you really shouldn’t be submerging your new iPhone in any amount of water, ever.
The passage goes on to state: “Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear.” This means that, although the iPhone X may be able to withstand a few drips and drops here and there, the quality of this feature will not last forever.
In addition to that Apple finishes out by adding, “Liquid damage not covered under warranty.”
Therefore, if you were planning on testing the limits of your brand new iPhone X, remember that not only is it definitely not waterproof, but it also isn’t going to score you another one.
6. Nothing but screen
With a brand new, high-tech camera must also come the updated visuals to host a slew of dynamic photographs. Apple’s goal was to create a display that retained its functionality while being as innovative as possible. In summary, they wanted to have an interface that was nothing but screen.
The 5.8-inch surface is intended to create a no gap scenario where every inch of the phone’s screen can be used at all times. This is done by seamlessly curving the edges of the phone to accommodate the space of the actual screen.
Apple decided to go with an OLED display, which stands for organic light-emitting diode. The usual display used by most phone brands is LCD, which lights up the phone screen from behind the actual composition. Much different from its predecessor, the OLED allows each pixel on the phone to light up individually, creating a much more cohesive and brilliant picture.
The iPhone X claims to have designed their OLED specifically for this upcoming release, stating “first OLED screen that rises to the standards of iPhones, with accurate, stunning colors, true blacks, high brightness, and a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.”.
5. Phone of glass
The iPhone X features an almost entirely glass layout from front to back as a way of incorporating that seamless finish the brand is so intent on creating. According to the official iPhone X page, the phone features “surgical-grade stainless steel” to round out those perfectly circular edges, accompanied by “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, front and back”.
While this might sound like an absolutely insane idea, and truly it is, Apple has somehow found a way to make it technically possible. Despite the fragility of glass, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were both tested and both devices proved, even when dropped on the floor.
With the specially created framework used to support this innovative idea, the smooth feel of the iPhone X’s glass finish is kind of worth the risk for less safety, especially with such good statistics, but it’s up to the user to decide if there’s any true gain from the glass design (can you imagine if it did crack?)
4. Home button begone
One of the most controversial changes to the typical iPhone layout is the sudden removal of a home button. The very first iPhone had user’s clicking a button on the outside of the screen to get into their device, while future designs incorporated the ability to simply use your thumbprint to open up the phone.
Both of these systems have worked well for Apple, with the thumbprint design being a huge success – so to do away with the entire concept is kind of crazy.
Instead, the entire user interface for the iPhone X has been completely redone, abandoning all of the security of the previous iPhones. In order to access the home screen, you must swipe up from the bottom of the device. Similarly, when an application is open, you simply repeat the same motion to go back to the home.
3. Inductive wireless charging
The glass back of the iPhone X allows it to be charged with a Qi-certified device. Interestingly enough, rival phone brand, Android, has already introduced this feature in many of its own phones, with iPhone following a few years behind.
Nonetheless, for avid iPhone users, this feature is brand new and pretty unique. In order to charge the phone, all you have to do is set it on any number of charging mats available on the market. Specifically, highly acclaimed brand, Belkin, has already created products to service the new iPhone X’s charging format, though they can be purchased from a variety of retailers. Thankfully, the charging platforms also work with the majority of cases available on the market, ensuring that you won’t have to remove your iPhone out of its protective shell every time it needs to be charged.
In addition to this feature, Apple is set to release their very own charging accessory for the iPhone X, entitled the AirPower. The price point is rumored to be around $200, and when you consider all of the other, much more inexpensive options on the market, it seems like an odd investment. That’s why Apple is postponing the release of the AirPower until 2018 while they construct advanced technology that will allow multiple devices to charge from the same platform at once. From iPhones to Apple Watches, all of your products will be able to share charge time – and that might just make the high rate worth it.
2. Facial recognition system
Face ID is the new system in place to replace the former Touch ID setup. Face ID will work similarly to its predecessor by allowing you to unlock your phone, confirm purchases, and even enter passwords on certain websites and applications – just with your face instead of your finger.
Part of what makes this concept possible is the new TrueDepth camera, which features a dual camera setup to scan your face using an infrared system that can detect your face in almost any circumstance.
The feature, which has gained a ton of controversy and uncertain questions alike, enables you to unlock your phone using your face in the dark, while using hats and sunglasses, and only if you’re looking directly at the sensor with your eyes open. In this way, you are protected from the iPhone X opening during sleep or unexpectedly while holding your phone.
Despite the fact that this upgrade is incredibly cool, during tests it was found that Touch ID is faster than Face ID. Long-term, however, Face ID allows users to make swift decisions with minimal interaction and also incorporates other technologies that make it an amazing advancement for Apple.
1 . Animoji
The Animoji system works by scanning your face, with more than 50 muscle movements working to alter the motion of the 3D emoji. You then have the option of adding audio and speaking for the Animoji which can be sent via texts in the Message app through videos and stickers.
There are currently just 12 Animoji created, based off of some of the top emojis today. This includes the unicorn, pig, panda, chicken, rabbit, fox, robot, cat, dog, monkey, and the highly acclaimed poop emoji.
Not only does this feature provide people with an additional way to communicate via technology, but it also allows Apple to explore the possibilities of the TrueDepth camera to create some of the most advanced features to date. This addition incorporates new ways for people to establish themselves realistically through texting, which was previously one of the most difficult ways to talk because of the lack of emotion in plain words that often leads to misunderstandings.
With a plethora of unique features, the iPhone X package incorporates elements completely unexpected from the brand — the future of Apple is now.