iPhone X Closes Apple Event with Super Retina OLED Display and Face ID

The Apple Event ends with a bang, as iPhone skips '9' and goes straight to 'X.'

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Tuesday's Apple Event concluded with one final announcement. Indeed, it is the rumored iPhone X.

Curiously pronounced "iPhone 10," the new phone utilizes every inch of real estate along the front of the screen, using glass on both the front and the back. It'll feature Super Retina Display, offering the iPhone's first OLED display with a 5.8" diagonal screen with a 2436x1125 resolution and 458 pixels per inch.

There is no Home button with the iPhone X, as users will simply access their Home screen by swiping up from the bottom. Multitasking can be done by swiping up and pausing, while Siri can be accessed through a larger side button or by saying "Hey Siri."

The iPhone X also utilizes Face ID, which allows users to access their information with facial recognition. Utilizing the TrueDepth Camera system, the iPhone X uses an infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and front camera to detect the user's face. Users can then use their faces on anything Touch ID is used for, including Apple Pay and third-party apps.

The iPhone X is powered by the A11 Bionic chip's neural engine, which is hardware built for machine-learning algorithms. This allows for processing face data, allowing the phone to adapt to a user's face over the course of time. It's also set to reject photographs and imitations of a user's face. A user's face data is also kept natively within the phone, with no such data being uploaded to any servers.

Emojis are also taking a step forward with the introduction of animated emojis, which will debut with the iPhone X and work with Apple Messages.

The iPhone X will come in 64GB and 256GB configurations, starting at $999. Pre-orders will begin on October 27, with shipping set to begin on November 3.

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    September 12, 2017 11:25 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, iPhone X Closes Apple Event with Super Retina Display and OLED Display

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      September 12, 2017 11:32 AM

      yessss animated talking poop

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      September 12, 2017 7:09 PM

      Even forgetting about the cost difference (which isn't really that much), I think I'd prefer the 8 to the X.

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        September 12, 2017 7:14 PM

        its a $300 difference between models. i'll get the 8 too, cause i don't want to be forced to use faceid. hopefully they'll figure out how put in a touch sensor somewhere on the phone for Xs.

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          September 12, 2017 7:32 PM

          curious... what is your aversion to FaceID?

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            September 12, 2017 8:47 PM

            i don't like looking at my face? and from the description of how it works, it sounds like its always on?

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              September 12, 2017 9:22 PM

              You don't see your face when you use it :P

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        September 12, 2017 7:24 PM

        It's pretty amazing to see people say that $300 isn't that much of a price difference especially when it offers so little over the 8

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          September 12, 2017 7:28 PM

          and that they are considering 700 acceptable

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            September 12, 2017 7:29 PM

            Anyone not subsidized by a service provider has been paying similar amounts for years, particularly for iPhones.

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              September 12, 2017 7:35 PM

              The $700+ flagship phone is a pretty new thing from what I can recall. I'm not going to go look up historical prices but I don't think I've paid more than $500ish for a phone in ... ever?

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              September 12, 2017 7:54 PM

              When there are really good phones for 200-250, i just don;t understand the reason for paying 4x that for an incremental increase.

              But some folks feel is it a social or status thing i guess, like $500 tennis shoes for school or $200 jeans

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                September 12, 2017 7:55 PM

                it amazes me some of you guys are still on this 'it's all marketing/status' angle all these years later

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                  September 12, 2017 7:57 PM

                  like you're basically your grandfather wondering why these stupid kids are spending all this money on PCs when there're perfectly good eMachines desktops out there for $500

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                    September 12, 2017 8:04 PM

                    sure, but so many of those folks only need the eMachine equivalent when they are instead buying a $999 phone for texting, Facebook and the occasional selfie because they think they should.

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                      September 12, 2017 8:06 PM

                      seems far more likely to me it's that you're not understanding their use cases when you say things like 'the occasional selfie'. Go look at Snapchat and its use of augmented reality and the desire for better cameras to take low light photos at concerts or whatever else. There's a reason Apple spends so much time on camera improvements every release. People care a lot about better photos, of themselves and of other things.

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                        September 12, 2017 8:08 PM

                        and 80% of those people take crap photos no matter what camera they have.

                        but if another $999 is gonna make my social media account pictures look better, i guess i better buy one if my friends are.

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                          September 12, 2017 8:10 PM

                          things like the software bokeh and portrait mode are precisely features that allow even braindead amateurs to add professional looking finish to their photos. People like having photos of their family and pets and their trips and all sorts of other things. This isn't unique to Facebook. We used to have family photo albums for the same reason and you'd rather have your photo album be nice color pictures instead of faded black and white junk. But feel free to continue to insist the real driver is vanity and consumption more than actual uses for things you don't understand.

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                            September 12, 2017 8:20 PM

                            and "portrait mode" doesn't need a $999 phone

                            thanks for the input however.

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                              September 12, 2017 8:21 PM

                              I was referring to the new thing they demoed today called portrait something that uses multiple lenses and optical image stabilization and significant computing power to calculate the light against your subject etc etc. Would be simple to check if you can find the feature at similar quality on your favorite $250 phone.

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                              September 12, 2017 8:33 PM

                              Apples implementation is far above anyone else’s. Until today only the 7plus had it. 769 entry fee.

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                  September 12, 2017 8:02 PM

                  and it's not? for both this and the other "flagship?"

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                September 12, 2017 8:03 PM

                Which phones are you talking about?

                There are certainly phones in that range that are acceptable for some, but nothing with specs comparing to a modern iPhone.

                Granted, the iPhone is usually more expensive than it's direct competitors but you don't see genuine competitors for less than $600 new, and usually they're closer to that same $700 price point.

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                  September 12, 2017 8:06 PM

                  sure, and that is overkill for when most people need. They buy it to keep up.

                  All these kids who wouldn't be caught dead using a Iphone5 in public after this winter. even they barely use the capabilities of the phone they already have.

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                    September 12, 2017 8:08 PM

                    I think maybe we're having two different conversations.

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                    September 12, 2017 8:20 PM

                    Who are you to say that? If you want the best camera you are going to be spending close to a grand on a phone. That’s a huge use case for many users. The X ups the game a ton on the front camera. Something a lot of people use a ton.

                    I use my phone more than any other computing device I own. Is it not ok for me to want the best experience out of it I can get? Lots of people feel this way.

                    I’m sure there is something you spend money on I won’t understand. Stop being such a downer.

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                      September 12, 2017 8:28 PM

                      For you, sure.

                      My point its that 90% of folks don't need a $999 phone (or even a $750 phone), but think they do.

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                        September 12, 2017 8:36 PM

                        I’d venture the majority of people use their phone more then any other computing device. If they want the best graphics for gaming on it, the new iPhones are best. Best camera: iPhone.

                        Just because you seem to be fine on a 250 android phone or whatever doesn’t mean other people are. I could probably get by on one, but I wouldn’t enjoy it as much, pictures of my kid would be shitty, and I wouldn’t be as productive.

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                          September 12, 2017 9:30 PM

                          You are sort of making my point for me here.

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                            September 12, 2017 10:19 PM

                            he describes real functionality improvements and you say it's making your point that it's about status...

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                              September 13, 2017 3:24 AM

                              I think he is just determined to disagree for some reason. I’m not sure what his deal is. No one can honesty think a $250 android phone is as good as any high end android phone or an iPhone.

                              I guess this and the Apple thread are signs we are getting old here. Too many people complaining about new tech. Sounds like my grandpa giving me shit for playing Nintendo when I was a kid.

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                                September 13, 2017 4:35 AM

                                Read closely, i never said "as good" never complained about the tech either.

                                sure feels like i pushed a button here.

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                        September 12, 2017 9:00 PM

                        You don't need a phone. Need! What are you Amish.

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            September 12, 2017 7:30 PM

            people here spend $700+ on PCs all the time and my phone is both used more and more useful than my PC

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              September 12, 2017 7:37 PM

              we all know you hate computers and are all in on mobile devices. also, people aren't encouraged to buy a new pc every single year

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                September 12, 2017 7:41 PM

                For one, I'm not the outlier here as far as spending more time with my phone than my PC. You can look at customer satisfaction for iPhones and determine most people feel $700 is pretty great value given that that's essentially the average selling price of the iPhone throughout history.

                Second, people were absolutely encouraged to buy new PCs regularly. It's just that the last time it made sense to buy a new PC every 2 years was 20 years ago and people have adjusted to the fact that now you buy a new one every 5-7 years (or never). Phones are now in the 3ish year upgrade range on average instead of the previous 2 year cycle. Most people aren't buying a new phone every year and no one making phones is expecting them to or marketing them as such.

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          September 12, 2017 8:49 PM

          maybe they're comparing the monthly cost, which is $15 more a month. that's less than a hbo subscription!

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        September 13, 2017 4:00 AM

        Let me as you this (and this question is based on them hypothetically being priced exactly the same).

        Why is that? What do you prefer with the 8 compared to the X. Fingerprint sensor? Aesthetics?

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      September 12, 2017 9:06 PM

      I'm surprised it even had a lightning port.

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      September 12, 2017 9:44 PM

      I'll wait for super retina championship edition turbo.

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      September 12, 2017 9:57 PM

      I really need someone to try that face id who isn't a complete apple fanboy. The iris scanner on the lumia thingy was fucking garbage because you had to be in front of the phone to unlock.. Unless this thing has like 120+ deg FOV so you can unlock it at an angle (e.g. on the desk, or holding it low next to your pocket for a quick check of something), it's going to reaaaally suck.. And for what? Tech masturbation? Touch ID on the back would've solved this...

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        September 13, 2017 3:30 AM

        It is supposed to have a pretty wide FOV. I hope that pans out.

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      September 12, 2017 11:35 PM

      It's definitely pretty

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      September 13, 2017 2:40 AM

      You access Control Centre by swiping from the top right on the iPhone X. That's kinda awkward. http://www.iphonehacks.com/2017/09/iphone-x-control-center-changes.html