Apple announces release of iPhone X
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Announced September 12th at Apple Headquarters, the iPhone X created waves among consumers with sophisticated new software, hardware, and a seemingly outrageous price. Priced at $999, the iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone to date, but comes equipped with many new features. Tim Cook stated “The iPhone will set the path of technology for the next decade.”
The new iPhone X (pronounced 10, not X), has been named after Apple’s tenth year on the iPhone line and comes with many features new to the iPhone. For example, it is now capable of wireless charging, a feature that Samsung first added back in 2014.
Facial recognition technology was introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note Seven, which uses iris recognition to unlock the phone. However, Apple’s variation, FACE ID, uses sophisticated new hardware, such as infrared scanners and a forward facing dot projector to actually map a person’s face. They work in tandem: the dot projector maps over 30,000 invisible dots onto a potential candidate’s face, and the infrared camera picks up the dots and confirms the match. According to Apple, people may have doubts about the efficiency of FACE ID due to the fact that faces change over time, but they assure customers that the iPhone’s scanning system adapts to the user’s face over time and can distinguish a mask or picture from a real face. Besides unlocking your phone, the facial recognition software helps power computer-enhanced selfies and can render a user’s face as an emoji. This useful and pivotal new software is called Animoji.
Behind the fancy new features is the A11 Bionic core chip. Also known as a neural engine, the core chip is capable of operating at 600 billion operations per second. This chip allows the facial recognition to react quickly enough to serve as an unlocking tool.
No longer illuminated by LED’s, the screen is now brightened by OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) and is capable of 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio and is strengthened by the most durable glass seen in a smartphone. This ratio, combined with two 12 mp cameras, allows for clearer pictures and higher zooming ratios, as well as unique augmented reality potential.
To counteract the steep price, cell phone companies and Apple have advertised leasing iPhones at monthly rates until a contract is payed off. In comparison to the iPhone 6’s lease rate at $40 per month, the 64 GB iPhone X’s is set at $49.99 per month.