CUPERTINO, Calif.—At the first event held in the new Steve Jobs Theater on its new campus, Apple announced the new iPhone X handset today.
The original iPhone turned 10 this year, and in true Apple fashion, the company celebrated by debuting a totally new iPhone that shows how far the device has come in its tenure.
As soon as Apple announced the iPhone X, its deviations from the traditional iPhone design were remarkable.
The iPhone X (called the “iPhone Ten”) has an edge-to-edge OLED, “Super Retina” (2436×1125, 458ppi) display on the front of the handset.
As rumors suggested, it’s made of glass on both its front and back, with a layer of stainless steel in between.
It measures 5.8-inches on the diagonal on its front, putting it in line with the “Plus” iPhone models.
The design was made to be water- and dust-resistant and it comes in two finishes: space gray and silver, going back to Apple roots.
Apple removed the physical Home button on the iPhone X, confirming another rumor that Touch ID as we know it is not included on the high-end smartphone.
Apple’s new security system, dubbed Face ID, lets you unlock the device using 3D-sensing facial recognition software, the front-facing camera, an additional IR camera, a flood illuminator, and dot projector.
This system projects 30,000 IR dots on your face that are then stored on the smartphone, and whenever you look at the front of the device, those dots are references to unlock the device for the correct user.
Apple’s calling the new technology system that enables Face ID its “True Depth Camera system.”
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