Yesterday, Apple commemorated the 10th anniversary of the launch of iPhone by Steve Jobs. On this occasion the current CEO, Tim Cook, announced a special edition of the iPhone – the iPhone X. It is befitting that the announcement was made at the Steve Jobs Theater inside the Apple Park. Two more iPhones – the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus were also announced. But let's take a look at the iPhone X only. And study the features of the new phone's cameras.
Stated as the "biggest leap forward since the original iPhone" the iPhone X has been eagerly anticipated for months. The rumor mills had been abuzz with leaked info about the likely specifications of the new phone. All of that has been put to rest and the real information is now available for everyone to see.
What's new on the iPhone X? – Display
The whole of the front of the new iPhone X is dominated by the screen. The large 5.8" OLED display is fantastic to look at. Enticing to say the least. The new iPhone X has what is stated to be Super Retina Display. In actual terms the resolution of the screen is 2436 x 1125 pixels. What's the difference between the iPhone 7 and for that matter the newly launched iPhone 8 with the iPhone X? The iPhone X has a pixel density of 458 ppi. Compared to this the newly launched iPhone 8 has a pixel density of 326 ppi and the older iPhone 7 Plus has a pixel density of 401 ppi. Apple has mentioned that they have improved the OLED display and some of the nagging issues that plagued previous OLED displays have been overcome. Additionally, the phone has what Apple states a TrueTone dynamic white balance adjustment feature. If you own a 10.5" iPad Pro you should be familiar with this.
Processor / Chip
The iPhone X is powered by an A11 Bionic Chip. The same as the newly launched iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. It is stated to be significantly faster than the A10 Fusion Chip that powers the iPhone 7. How fast? Let's find out. the new processor comes with a six-core CPU design which contains 2 performance cores, which are 25% faster and 4 efficiency cores which are 70% faster compared to the A10 Fusion chip that you saw on the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone X comes with a second generation performance controller. This performance controller has the capability to harness the processing capability of all the 6 cores simultaneously and resultantly produce up to 70% faster performance. This comes in handy when handling enhanced workloads.
This is the first ever iPhone that comes with an all glass front and back design. Apple rates this as the "most durable glass ever in a smartphone". The superstructure is designed out of surgical grade stainless steel while glass dominates the rear of the phone. The glass rear helps in engaging what is claimed by Apple as an excellent wireless charging solution. The system works with the already available Qi ecosystem and two new wireless charging mats made by Belkin and Mophie. Both are available at Apple Stores and on the online store. The phone comes with excellent weather sealing and should be able to perform even in trying conditions and inclement weather without issues.
2 versions of the iPhone X will be available when it goes for sale in early November. These will be the 64 GB and the 256 GB. There is no expandable storage so choose wisely the one you need. There is a premium to be paid for the higher storage version. 2 colors options will be available. Silver and Space Gray.
For photographers, the eagerly anticipated feature is the camera. Almost every photographer I know uses a smartphone, many an iPhone for their everyday snapshots. So, it is only normal to enquire about the features of the camera on the new iPhone X.
The resolution on the dual front camera remains the same as on the older iPhone 7; 12 megapixel. It is the same on the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus as well. The rear camera also remains the same as on the older model – 7 megapixel. It is the same as on the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.
But that's the statistical bit of things. Underneath the iPhone X features a new TrueDepth camera system. This system is integrated with the new Face ID mechanism that has been introduced into the iPhone X. The system integrates a new auto image stabilization feature as well. The front camera now has the Portrait Mode. This mode allows you to produce stunning selfies with a classic wide aperture depth of field effect you get only with fast wide primes.
The rear dual- camera system has been redesigned and now features a dual optical image stabilization mechanism. The dual cameras have a wide aperture of f/1.4 (the wide angle lens) and f/2.4 (on the tele-lens).
Under the hood Apple has incorporated a number of other changes as well. First, they have introduced a newly designed color filter. Second, the new camera comes with a deeper pixels with larger capacity to capture photons. Additionally, Apple has redesigned the image signal processing unit. This ensures better processing of the information collected by individual pixels and in turn better image quality. There are some additional benefits of this as well. You now have a larger dynamic range captured by the sensor as well as better auto-focusing performance, even in poor lighting situations. HDR imagery has also improved greatly compared to previous iPhone models.
The new iPhone X comes with a newly designed quad LED True Tone flash unit. This produces a far more uniform lighting compared to older flash units. This new flash also facilitates Slow Sync. This flash exposure mechanism takes into consideration background light and fires the flash just the right amount to expose for the plane of focus. Normal flash mostly overpowers background light and renders them darker. These technology, thus, produces more balanced exposures across the background and the foreground compared to previous models and other phones.
The new camera is a great impetus to shoot videos. If you are into video work you would love the significantly better quality video capabilities of the iPhone X. the iPhone X is capable of shooting 4K videos at up to 60 fps. In full HD (1080p) mode you can now shoot at an incredible 240 fps, giving you the ability to produce stunning slow motion effects of every day moments.
Finally, the iPhone X supports HEIF and HEVC for up to two times the compression that is possible on older iPhones. Resultantly, that means you can shoot up to two times the number of videos and images that you would be able to shoot with older iPhones. Even better news for shutter-happy photographers and impulsive video makers.
iPhone X would be available for pre-order on Friday October 27 and the devices will be available for sale starting November 3. Apple intends to start the initial launch in 56 countries globally.