Apple iPhone X Introduction: The Apple iPhone X Excels in Photo and Video Capabilities

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The new iPhone X — pronounced “iPhone 10” with new features including a super OLED screen, facial recognition to unlock your phone and adorable animojis.

Apple unveiled the iPhone X today, Tuesday September 12, 2017 at an event at Apple Park’s new Steve Jobs theater in Cupertino, California. The iPhone X is pronounced 10, not “ex.” Where the phone really excels is in the details about new photo and video capabilities.

The Apple iPhone X is priced at $999, the most expensive for a new iPhone model ever. The Apple iPhone X is scheduled to ship on November 3, 2017, and will be available for pre-order on October 27, 2017. The Apple iPhone X uses newer OLED screen technology — a type of display that can be made thinner, lighter and brighter with better color accuracy and contrast than its predecessor, LCD. The OLED screen also consumes much less power because it does not use backlighting like the LCD display. The screen on the iPhone X has a so-called edge-to-edge display that takes up almost the entire face by eliminating the borders around the screen; however, does not wrap around the edge like the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The iPhone X images of the actual phone don’t appear to show the screen going all the way to the edge either.

The iPhone X is essentially the same size and overall shape as the iPhone 7, but because the screen occupies all (or more) of the front of the phone, the screen is larger (5.8 in) than the screen of the iPhone 7 (4.7 in) and iPhone 7 plus (5.5 in).

As expected, Apple eliminated the physical home button that has been a main feature of the iPhone for the first decade of iPhone.

The initial operating system for the Apple iPhone X will be iOS 11, operating on the Apple A11 Bionic chip.

The display is 5.8 in (150 mm) Super Retina: OLED, 458 (ppi).

Face ID allows the capture of person’s face to replace the need to enter a password. The iPhone X eliminates Apple’s Touch ID, replacing it with a facial-recognition system that Apple calls Face ID. Face ID is enabled by the new TrueDepth camera that projects and analyzes more than 30,0000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of the user’s face for facial recognition. Apple says Face ID is secure to use with Apple Pay, claiming the chances that someone can trick FaceID and break into your phone are 1 in a million. Apple says masks cannot mimic the facial recognition, but warns that a person with an evil twin would need to be careful. The facial recognition works in daylight or darkness, according to Apple.

The TrueDepth camera analyzes more thatn 50 different muscle movements to mirror a user’s expression in 12 Animoji characters (animated Emoji characters). The front-facing camera, or selfie camera is also powered by the True Depth camera system that supports FaceID. Portrait mode and Portrait lighting is also available on the front-camera.

A beta project, known as Portrait Lighting, uses depth-sensing cameras and precise facial mapping to create what Apple calls “striking studio-quality lighting effects.

On the rear side, the iPhone X has dual 12MP cameras, which Apple integrated together with faster, optically image-stabilization with advanced machine learning with the A11 Bionic chip.

Wide-angle and telephoto cameras on iPhone X enables optical zoom, as well as digital zoom of up to 10x for photos and 6x for videos.

Camera capability on the iPhone X includes a larger and faster 12MP sensor with a new color filter, deeper pixels and a new telephoto camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). The Telephoto Camera uses a state-of-the-art seven-magnet solution with a second OIS system in an ƒ/2.4 telephoto camera.

The Wide-Angle Camera uses an ƒ/1.8 six-element lens, optical image stabilization (OIS), and a larger, faster 12MP sensor.

Together the two cameras enable optical zoom to bring you closer to your subject. Apple claims the iPhone X also delivers amazing shots with Portrait mode.

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Photo capability also includes an advanced Image Signal Processor (ISP) that detects elements in a scene — including people, motion, and lighting conditions. According to Apple, ISP also delivers advanced pixel processing, wide color capture, faster autofocus, and better HDR photos.

A Slow Sync flash combines a slow shutter speed with a short strobe pulse, which is useful in low light when you want a brighter foreground subject with a properly exposed background. And the Quad-LED True Tone flash delivers illumination that’s up to two times more uniform, helping to reduce hot spots.

Video capabilities include 4K video up to 60 fps, Slow-mo with 240 fps at 1080p, and Time-laps video.

Connectivity includes GSM, UMTS, LTE-advanced; Bluetooth 5.0

The iPhone X, and the other new iPhones announced today, feature wireless charging capabilities. This will overcome the drawback of not being able to charge and listen to headphones simultaneously through the lightning port without a dongle. Wireless charging is supported by Qi, which is considered the standard in the wireless charging industry.

Battery life is two hours longer than the iPhone 7, which Apple claims is the result of improvement in software enhancements.

A wireless charging accessory, AirPower, which can charge multiple devices simultaneously, is coming next year. The AirPower accessory involves a larger mat that lets users charge their iPhones, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously.

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Apple also announced the Apple iPhone 8 (4.7 in Retina HD: LED-backlit IPS LCD) and the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5 in Retina HD: LED-backlit IPS LCD). The models include a glass body and a faster chip (Apple A11 Bionic) — an upgrade that is replacing the iPhone 7.

Apple also announced enhancements to existing products and some new products …

The Apple TV got an upgrade to function with 4K resolution, which refers to screens with two times the vertical resolution and twice the horizontal resolution of older high-definition TVs.

A new Apple Watch, named Apple Watch Series 3, has cellular capabilities, and new Watch OS. With cellular capabilities, the Apple Watch doesn’t require an iPhone.

Engadget: Senior Mobile Editor, Chris Velazco managed to get his hands on the brand new, completely redesigned iPhone X. Just as the rumors indicated, it sports an edge-to-edge screen packed into a small body — not that much bigger than the iPhone 7. It also packs facial recognition features into the front facing camera, there’s a glass back for wireless charging and there’s no home button for the first time.

iPhone X, iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K Keynote Discussion with Eli Hodapp of based in Aurora, Illinois.

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