I have been hating on the iPhone for years, personally I see the iPhone as a pretty smartphone that is over-hyped, but the new iPhone X seems to be winning me over simply because of that awesome edge to edge display design.
Many thought that the New edge-to-edge iPhone would have been called the iPhone 8 and the other iPhones would be called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, however, Apple skipped the usual S upgrade and called this year’s iPhones the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus while their special new iPhone is called the iPhone X (Roman numeral 10).
All three iPhones got reasonable upgrades, however the X marks the spot. With the iPhone X Apple has for the first time pushed their hardware beyond that of many hi-end Android devices and that simple fact has to be acknowledged.
The New iPhone X
Let’s start with the Design – The essential smartphone is one of the few Android devices along with Samsung’s galaxy smartphones, that have tried to present a smartphone with a super small bezel, but Apple’s implementation in my opinion is the current winner. Both the Samsung Galaxy smartphones and the Essential Smartphone have either a noticeably larger yet very small top and bottom bezels (in comparison to the iPhone), but Apple completely eliminated the bottom bezel and have only a small notch protruding down from the top of the display which houses the front facing 3D camera, speaker and sensors.
The entire outer body of the iPhone X is made of stainless steel and glass, Apple boasts that this glass is the strongest glass that they have ever used to create an iPhone. The iPhone 4 was the last iPhone to be constructed with glass and metal and was one of my most favorite iPhones simply because of the glass design. Apple returning to a glass and metal structure for the iPhone X is as a result of wireless charging, which does not work through a metal enclosure.
The Display on the iPhone X is of course the main selling point, Apple has finally decided to adopt Samsung’s superior OLED display, which by everyone’s standard is the most beautiful display in a smartphone, period! Samsung’s OLED displays are far superior simply due to the backlighting process, individual pixels emit their own light which means that when the display shows black it is capable of completely turning off the light in that area of the screen, the end result is a truly beautiful display capable of displaying deep dark blacks.
New Face ID – Apple kind of killed two birds with one stone when they introduced the new Face ID (or at least that is what they are trying to sell us). The introduction of Face ID created a security solution in the absence of Touch ID which was removed to allow the full edge-to-edge display, and at the same time has introduced a more secure solution than touch ID.
In getting rid of touch ID which was embedded into the home button (a means of implementing the full edge to edge display), Apple needed to introduce another very safe security feature hence the introduction of Face ID. Face ID is similar to what Samsung and other Android OEM’s have tried to do in the past, it uses the front facing camera to look at your face and determine if you are the owner of the device, if you are, then it unlocks the phone. In the past the face unlocking feature on Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone along with that of other Android devices were easily hacked, all one needed to do was to take a picture of the smartphone’s owner, point it to the front facing camera and it would trick the system.
Apple’s Face ID introduces a completely new level of security by not only picturing your face, but also mapping the unique 3D geometry of your face with over 30 thousand invisible dots which completely eliminates the possibility that someone could unlock your device with a photo of you.
iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus
We’re not sure why Apple chose to ditch the S and called the iteration to the original iPhones iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. One could only assume that Apple thinks it made enough changes to the iPhone 7 for their successors to be the iPhone 8.
New iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus Features – The design of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus remains pretty much as it was for the iPhone 7, with the addition of a glass back instead of a full metal body of the iPhone 7. Apple has completely embraced wireless charging across their mobile devices hence the need for a glass enclosure to allow wireless charging for the iPhone 8.
Processor – It is common to see Apple speed things up by adding a new processor to each generation of iPhones and they certainly did not disappoint with their 2017 devices. All three iPhones will come rocking Apple’s new flagship six-core A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, neural engine, and M11 motion coprocessor. With this new processor Apple has finally stepped up its game and will equip the new iPhones with a processor well capable of competing with and possibly besting that of many current Android devices.
Release dates And Prices
Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will get a September release date while the iPhone X will come at a much later date.
Preorder for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will start on September 15 and will arrive in stores on September 22. The iPhone 8 will be available in black, silver and retooled gold finish for $699 and up depending on which storage capacity you choose, while the iPhone 8 Plus will go for $799.
The iPhone X will go on sale on October 27 and ships on November 3, it will retail for $999.