Apple unveils the iPhone X — and it’s gorgeous

Apple announced the newest iPhone, the iPhone X, on Tuesday at its press event in Cupertino, California.

It’s pronounced “iPhone ten.”

You can preorder it on October 27. It ships on November 3, and starts at $1579 in silver and space grey. The 256GB iPhone X will cost $1829.

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Here’s what you can expect from Apple’s new phone:

  • It features a strikingly different design from its predecessors like the iPhone 7.
  • The screen uses a new kind of technology called OLED.
  • Apple calls its new display “super retina.” Its screen is 5.8 inches.
  • The screen is 2436 x 1125 pixels.
  • Its battery lasts two hours longer than the iPhone 7’s, according to Apple.
  • Its chip is called A11 Bionic. It’s a six-core system on a chip with two high-performance cores, four high-efficiency cores, and a custom Apple GPU.
  • It will come in two colours for now: space grey and silver.
  • It runs Apple’s iOS operating system.
  • The iPhone X has an improved rear camera. It has two 12-megapixel sensors and an improved flash, too. Here are Apple’s specs:

For most people, the biggest change on the iPhone X will be the lack of a home button:

  • To wake up the phone, you tap on the screen.
  • There’s no more home button. “It’s a big step forward in the iPhone user experience,” said Phil Schiller, an Apple senior vice president.
  • The iPhone will be locked until you look at it, replacing the fingerprint sensor. Apple calls it FaceID.

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  • The front-facing camera has been updated with a ton of new technology to enable FaceID. Apple calls it TrueDepth.
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More TrueDepth camera details from Apple:

  • The iPhone X’s A11 chip has a special part called “neural engine” to run machine-learning and artificial-intelligence software.
  • FaceID works even if users are wearing hats, glasses, or makeup.
  • Apple says there’s only a 1-in-1-million chance that FaceID can be defeated by another person.
  • The iPhone X also has emojis you control with your face and its front-facing camera. Apple calls them “animojis.”
  • The 3D camera will also supercharge apps like Snapchat.

The iPhone X supports wireless charging, but Apple’s charger won’t ship until next year. Until then, you can use compatible third-party chargers.


“No other device in our lifetimes has had the impact on the world that the iPhone has,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said. “Our intention with iPhone has always been to create something so powerful and so immersive that the hardware virtually disappears.”

Apple also launched two other iPhones on Tuesday: the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

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Here’s what Apple’s iPhone lineup looks like now:

Apple iPhone lineup

All up, Apple announced 3 new iPhones, a 4K Apple TV, and the Apple Watch 3.

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