Tim Cook referred to the iPhone X (X as in 10, as in 10 years since the first iPhone) as the biggest leap for the iPhone since its inception. Indeed, when it first hit the market, nobody else had approached mobiles in the same way and Apple definitely led the way in innovation. But a decade has passed and competitors (Samsung, Microsoft) have cottoned on to what consumers want. The Apple/Samsung debate is given even more fuel since the Apple announcement, especially with some fans saying that Samsung does it better and even gives the parts to Apple’s supposedly inferior phones. So, what exactly can we expect from the iPhone X?
The screen size has been massively increased with the edge-to-edge functionality, which helps the iPhone X look physically different from its direct predecessors. The OLED screen display allows for a greater degree of brightness and graphics quality. The sharper image and higher resolution promised also sets to place the iPhone X as a fully functional smartphone for all mobile activities. Watching Netflix will be made a more enjoyable experience.
The iPhone X also has an inclusion of a six-core processor with four of those having the ability for high-performance tasks. Twice the amount of processing power of the current model should allow those who use the iPhone for online gaming to see a rise in performance. There are many who choose to game online, and the capabilities of online casino and online slots, especially those that incorporate real-time or live elements will see a marked improvement. For example, 32Red features live casino experiences that use real-time HD webcams to create a more immersive experience. Gaming on mobiles is becoming increasingly important, so perhaps Apple have improved the fusion chip in order to make mobile gaming more accessible.
The iPhone X drops TouchID fingerprint recognition and picks up FaceID, which requires a facial match to unlock the phone. Some are sceptical that the technology won’t work as well as the trusted fingerprint technology. The FaceID has already been given the social media treatment as being something from the future and Apple fans are impressed with the advance in technology and the inherently personal touch that FaceID encourages.
The iPhone X also offers wireless charging capabilities. This will give a huge edge up from previous iPhones, especially with frustrations around the charging cable. In today’s age, our phone batteries are increasingly important to us and our lives revolve around our phones – from our calendars, social connectivity, and even bus passes. However, some criticise the fact that Apple themselves don’t make any wireless charging devices – Belkin and Mophie do. While tech giants often outsource elements of the process, some are concerned that this could lead to negative side effects later down the line.
There is no doubt that the iPhone X will be a polarising topic from Apple fans and Apple detractors alike. Many praise the leap forward Tim Cook promised, while equally many critique the fact that Samsung offered similar features in its models already. There is no question, though, that it is certainly a huge leap in terms of how we view the iPhone.