The iPhone X arrives in stores Friday. There’s already a lengthy wait for online orders, but you might be able to get one in person at an Apple Store or retailer. The iPhone X also uniquely features an OLED display, a lighting technology that produces a superiorly vivid and realistic feature. This gives the iPhone X’s screen a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio, while the 8 Plus has only 1,300 to 1. The iPhone X wakes up when you pick it up or tap the screen, even when it’s turned off. To unlock the phone, users swipe up from the bottom.
This gesture also acts as a virtual home button. If you swipe up from the bottom and pause without swiping all the way, it opens multitasking. The iPhone X made major advances with the Portrait mode. In addition to capturing beautiful portraits with blurred backgrounds, Mann encourages travelers to try the setting on food photography. The iPhone X also benefits from a fast-charge capability, with it able to reach up to 50 percent charge within 30 minutes using its Lightning port. Notably, Apple’s test was conducted using its 29W USB-C power adaptors, but the iPhone X will ship with a 5W USB-A charger, meaning that users wanting to charge quickly will have to acquire another charger.
The iPhone X is the only model to feature what Apple has dubbed a “Super Retina” display. At 458 pixels-per-inch (ppi), this screen has the highest pixel density ever seen in an iPhone. It dwarfs the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which clock in at 326 ppi and 401 ppi respectively.
The iPhone X also marks the redundancy of the home button, which doubles as the fingerprint scanner on other versions. While the removal of the TouchID makes way for an edge-to-edge screen, Siri can now be fired by pressing a button on the right edge. The button, which also serves to power the phone on and off, is a big longer than what we have seen on other iPhones. The left edge has the routine volume buttons and the dedicated silent mode switch. The iPhone X runs iOS 11, which in our opinion, hasn’t been the smoothest of the operating system so far. Just yesterday, the company rolled out a major iOS 11.1 update to bring a slew of new features and performance improvements. During our brief usage, the iOS 11 worked smoothly and ensured the sense of familiarity while using the smartphone.
We hope the iOS 11.1 brings the much needed improvements to the performance and fixes issues relating to reported battery drain and Wi-Fi. The iPhone X costs about $1,000 — $300 more than the iPhone 8. Advance orders began this past Friday, and Apple is now giving delivery times of five to six weeks. Apple says it will have limited supplies at stores for same-day pickup on Friday, but you’ll have to get there early. The iPhone X is nearly bezel-less, as advertised, with that notorious notch for the front camera assembly eating a chunk out of the screen at the top. It comes in space gray or silver. On the back, the dual cameras create a sharp, not smooth, bump that you should even out with a nice case . Apple says that the glass back is durable, but we strongly suggest getting a case for any $1,000 phone, no matter how strong it is.