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iPhone X pre-orders begin on Friday so here are its coolest features – from the camera to facial recognition

This technology lets you charge up the phone by placing it on a “plate”, rather than plugging it in.
It was introduced in the iPhone 8 and already features in the Apple Watc

APPLE fans will soon be able to get their hands on the iPhone X when it becomes available for pre-order this Friday.

Coming in at a price of £999, it’s the most expensive smartphone the fruity firm has ever released and is a hefty investment.


This is the iPhone X, the most advanced smartphone Apple has released in a long time

Apple

Tech fans have been champing at the bit to get their hands on the latest model of the world’s most famous smartphone.

The gadget has been created to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and will be officially available at stores in 55 countries on Friday, November 3 at 8am.

The gadget is likely to be wildly popular, prompting Apple to say that tech pickers are “encouraged to arrive early”.

So is it worth it? To help you decide, we’ve collected together some of the best features of the iPhone X (which is pronounced 10, in case you’re wondering).

The iPhone X tech features and specs

The iPhone X

  • All glass design
  • 5.8-inch Super Retina display
  • Face ID that recognises your face
  • 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID features
  • Splash, water and dust resistant
  • Dual 12-megapixel cameras with Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, bringing dramatic studio lighting effects to iPhone, allowing customers to capture stunning portraits with a shallow depth-of-field effect in five different lighting styles
  • Wireless charging
  • A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone
  • Animoji
  • 64GB and 256GB models starting at £999

Wireless charging

This technology lets you charge up the phone by placing it on a “plate”, rather than plugging it in.

It was introduced in the iPhone 8 and already features in the Apple Watch.

Apple is planning to release a device called AirPower which lets you charge the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods all at once.

We’ve been using the iPhone 8 since it’s release and have loved charging it up using a plate rather than a plug.

It’s a wee bit slower than the old-fashioned charging method, but feels very futuristic.

Wireless charging is undoubtedly a game-changing technology which users will love.

Animojis

The gadget’s facial recognition sensors will be used animate the emojis you send in messages.

Apple users will be able to send messages using emojis which move their lips as they read out your words.

These are known as Animojis and replicate your expression on a cute animal emoji, using the front-facing facial recognition camera to scan your face.

If you’re in touch with your emojis, this feature is likely to give you a smile.


Animojis replicate your own expressions. You can see one in action in this image from the launch of the iPhone X

Facial recognition

In place of the fingerprint scanner currently used to unlock iPhones, Apple has added facial scanning technology dubbed Face ID.

As the name suggests, the feature allows iPhone users unlock their device using the front-facing TrueDepth Camera.

Face ID works by projecting 30,000 infra-red dots on your face to check it against a stored image.

Apple has also ensured Face ID works if you change your hairstyle, don a hat or wear glasses — so it will adapt to your face over time. It will also work in the dark.

The FaceID uses Secure Enclave data protection technology which means there is only a one in 1,000,000 chance of it being hacked or being opened by someone who looks like you.


Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, reveals Face ID and other iPhone X features at a recent launch event

AP:Associated Press

OLED display

The first and most obvious difference between the X and previous models is the size of the screen.

The iPhone X’s screen covers the whole face while the iPhone 8 display is more like traditional iPhones with a frame called a “bezel” surrounding it.

Apple has also installed a new OLED display on the X, which is the same technology used by Samsung to make its “infinity screens”.

“With iPhone X, the device is the display,” Apple wrote.

“An all-new 5.8-inch Super Retina screen fills the hand and dazzles the eyes.”

It boasts “accurate, stunning colours, true blacks, high brightness” and a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.

Translation: it’s more colourful and pleasing to the eye than previous models.


You can see the stunning wrap around display in this screenshot from a video revealing the iPhone X in all its glory

YouTube / Brooke Amelia Peterson

A new camera

The True Depth camera which powers Apple’s Facial ID system can also take killer selfies using portrait mode, which artily blurs the background of images.

Currently, this only works using the dual cameras of the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus, which feature dual lenses on the back.

The back-facing camera on the iPhone X also features a larger and faster 12MP sensor to take high quality photos as well as a telephoto lens so you can zoom in on distant objects or faces.

All this means the iPhone X is great for selfie-obsessed people as well as amateur or even professional photographers.

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