Features of The New iPhone X
Apple goes full screen with the iPhone X
The iPhone X is the first entry in Apple’s smartphone lineup to feature a glass screen that stretches entirely from edge to edge. The device marks the tenth anniversary of the release of the original iPhone and includes a range of new features to establish it as Apple’s flagship product.
Full Screen Design
While all previous iPhone models have featured a bezel running around the edges of the display, the front of the iPhone X is entirely screen. In order to make such a display possible, Apple has removed the physical home button from the bottom of the iPhone X. Users will now use a touch gesture to go back to the home screen and use FaceID to unlock the device with facial recognition technology.
Super Retina Display
Apple is referring to the 5.8-inch high definition display of the new iPhone X as Super Retina. The resolution of the iPhone X’s screen is 2436 by 1125 and features the highest contrast ratio and pixel density of any previous Apple smartphone. The iPhone 4 was the first Apple device to feature a Retina display, but the iPhone X marks the largest resolution improvement between models.
The iPhone X is the first Apple smartphone to feature an Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) display, commonly found in the latest high definition televisions. These screens are typically thinner than older screens based on liquid crystal display (LCD) technology. OLED phones do not require a separate backlight system, as each pixel has a separate light function. This creates true black colors and the brightest whites possible.
Another brand new feature of the iPhone X is the TrueDepth camera that is embedded at the very top of the device’s display. While previous iPhone models featured a simple front-facing camera, the iPhone X adds an infrared emitter that can pattern a user’s face. This is the technology that powers the device’s facial recognition ability. In addition, iPhone X owners can use the TrueDepth camera to animate emojis with their own tracked movements and expressions. A major advantage of the iPhone X’s new front-facing camera system is that it can function in low-light conditions and even darkness.
Since the iPhone X has a design unlike any previous Apple smartphone model, users will have to adjust to a new set of screen gestures. Rather than using the physical home button to return to the home screen, swiping one finger up from the bottom of the device will perform the same action on the iPhone X. Now that FaceID has replaced TouchID on the iPhone X, users simply need to raise the device up to their face to unlock the phone. A single tap on the screen will also wake the device and allow manual entry of a passlock code. To access the iPhone X’s multitasking screen, users must swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause their finger halfway. The final new gesture for the iPhone X involves Control Center, which can now be accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen.