What’s Next: iPhone X

By Tyler Parker

     Apple’s iPhone X is quite possibly the most bold and innovative choice in Apple’s history. The iPhone X, Apple’s newest phone, isincredibly advanced both technologically and stylistically and brings a whole new design to the classic formula.

 

Instead of having the camera and home button surrounded by a black border at the top and bottom of the screen, the Iphone X is bezel-less. This means that the entire front of the phone is an edge to edge display, allowing for sharper visuals that almost fade off the sides. This choice shows that Apple is moving away from the more blocky phones and trying their own twist on the full screen display.

 

One of the many technological innovations of the iPhone X is facial recognition. With the removal of the iconic home button and fingerprint scanning along with it, facial recognition is one of the main ways users will now unlock their phones.  

 

“The technology that enables Face ID is some of the most advanced hardware and software that we’ve ever created. The TrueDepth camera captures accurate face data by projecting and analyzing over 30,000 invisible dots to create a depth map of your face and also captures an infrared image of your face. A portion of the A11 Bionic chip’s neural engine—protected within the Secure Enclave—transforms the depth map and infrared image into a mathematical representation and compares that representation to the enrolled facial data,” the Apple website states.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook presents the new iPhone X at the Steve Jobs Theater on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, CA. Photo by AP photographer Marcio Jose Sanchez.

Effectively, what this means is that the camera on the phone creates a highly accurate digital model of your face and refers back to it to unlock the phone or make purchases. This facial recognition accounts for facial hair and accessories, and is even said to work in the dark.

 

With all of Apple’s innovations, there are still concerns over the iPhone X. At the top of the screen there is a black notch that holds the camera. Many have complained that the notch seems out of place and is a very strange design choice, because it limits the edge to edge display. Another problem is the price. The iPhone X starts at $1000 for the standard model which is a large jump from the $649 iPhone 7.

 

The iPhone X represents a major change in the way Apple is designing and marketing their phones. From facial recognition to the higher price, the iPhone X will certainly turn heads world wide.