The ‘X’ fac­tor

From in­cre­men­tal up­dates to rad­i­cal changes – the new iPhones have set the tech world abuzz. Here’s ev­ery­thing you need to know.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - By Nidhi sin­gal

Ap­ple’s iPhone X to set the tech trend for the next decade

Ex­cite­ment was rife on its tenth an­niver­sary, Ap­ple was ex­pected to put its best foot for­ward. “The first iPhone rev­o­lu­tionised a decade of tech­nol­ogy,” Ap­ple’s CEO Tim Cook said at the launch event held in Cu­per­tino. Now, 10 years later, he said, Ap­ple is re­veal­ing a prod­uct that is “the big­gest leap for­ward since the orig­i­nal iPhone” and will “set the path of tech­nol­ogy for the next decade”. Few can con­test that. On Septem­ber 12, the tech gi­ant launched the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the mag­num opus iPhone X (pro­nounced iPhone 10).

Ap­ple has bid good­bye to the Home but­ton and given a bezel-less, edge-to-edge dis­play to the iPhone X. With the Home but­ton gone, Touch ID is gone too. In­stead, the iPhone X gets un­locked us­ing FaceID. Ap­ple has re­as­signed sev­eral ac­tions hith­erto linked to the Home but­ton – swip­ing up from the bot­tom takes one to the home screen; swip­ing up and paus­ing gets one into mul­ti­task­ing; press­ing and hold­ing the side but­ton ac­ti­vates Siri; and dou­ble click on the side but­ton en­ables purchases with Ap­ple Pay. The all-glass front and rear makes the iPhone X look dainty, but Ap­ple claims it has used the most durable glass with sur­gi­cal-grade stain­less steel band, mak­ing it wa­ter and dust re­sis­tant, too. It now sup­ports wire­less charg­ing us­ing the Qi ecosys­tem.

The iPhone X sports a slightly larger screen – 5.8inch OLED Su­per Retina dis­play with 2,436x1,125 res­o­lu­tion that of­fers ac­cu­rate colours with true blacks, high bright­ness and 1,000,000:1 con­trast ra­tio. At the top of the iPhone X is the TrueDepth cam­era sys­tem that com­prises a 7-MP cam­era, in­frared sen­sor, flood il­lu­mi­na­tor, prox­im­ity sen­sor, am­bi­ent light sen­sor, dot pro­jec­tor along with a speaker and a mi­cro­phone, which en­ables FaceID and Por­trait-mode self­ies. FaceID is a tech­nol­ogy that can project and an­a­lyse more than 30,000 in­vis­i­ble dots to cre­ate a pre­cise depth map of one’s face with the help of the in­frared cam­era and flood il­lu­mi­na­tor. The in­frared cam­era reads the dot pat­tern, cap­tures an in­frared im­age and sends it to the Se­cure En­clave in the sys­tem chip to con­firm a match, while the flood il­lu­mi­na­tor is the in­vis­i­ble in­frared light that helps iden­tify faces even in the dark, that too in just a frac­tion of a sec­ond. In­ter­est­ingly, FaceID works even if one grows a beard, puts on glasses or wears a hat. Un­like Sam­sung Galaxy S8’s fa­cial recog­ni­tion fea­ture, Ap­ple claims FaceID is se­cure and de­signed to dif­fer­en­ti­ate real faces from pho­tos or masks.

The rear cam­era of the iPhone X fea­tures a re­designed ver­ti­cal 12-MP dual cam­era sys­tem with dual op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion with ƒ/1.8 aper­ture on the wide-an­gle cam­era and ƒ/2.4 aper­ture on the tele­photo cam­era. Ex­pect a new colour fil­ter, deeper pix­els and an im­proved Ap­ple-de­signed im­age sig­nal pro­ces­sor for wide colour cap­tures, faster auto-fo­cus in low light and bet­ter HDR pho­tos. In a bid to give aug­mented re­al­ity (AR) a push, Ap­ple has cus­tom-tuned ev­ery cam­era to give an en­hanced AR ex­pe­ri­ence.

The iPhone X is pow­ered by the all new A11 Bionic chip fea­tur­ing a six-core CPU de­sign with two per­for­mance cores that are 25 per cent faster, and four ef­fi­ciency cores that are 70 per cent faster than the A10 Fu­sion chip used on the iPhone 7 Plus. The new chip in­te­grates Ap­ple’s own GPU (graph­ics pro­cess­ing unit) with a three-core de­sign that de­liv­ers up to 30 per cent faster graph­ics per­for­mance than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. The neu­ral en­gine is de­signed for spe­cific ma­chine learn­ing al­go­rithms.

There are no de­sign up­grades in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. But both these iPhones have a glass de­sign. The Retina HD dis­play has been sharp­ened to of­fer bet­ter bright­ness and richer colours. There is

TrueTone dis­play that au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the white balance to match the sur­round­ing light­ing. The iPhone 8 has a sin­gle cam­era with op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion that claims to of­fer bet­ter low-light imag­ing. The iPhone 8 Plus boasts a dual cam­era with a fa­cial land­mark de­tec­tion fea­ture that cre­ates dra­matic stu­dio light­ing ef­fects in the Por­trait mode. Both these new iPhones sup­port wire­less charg­ing and are pow­ered by the A11 Bionic chipset.

The new iPhones will be avail­able in 64 GB and 256 GB ca­pac­i­ties only (the 128 GB vari­ant has been skipped). The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be availa- ble in space grey, sil­ver and gold colours, whereas the iPhone X will be avail­able only in space grey and sil­ver colours. The phones will be avail­able in In­dia in the sec­ond launch phase, just a week af­ter they hit the shelves in the US. iPhone afi­ciona­dos will be able to get their hands on the iPhone 8 (start­ing at ` 64,000) and iPhone 8 Plus (start­ing at ` 73,000) in In­dia from Septem­ber 29. Mean­while, the iPhone X will go on sale on Novem­ber 3 in over 55 coun­ties, in­clud­ing In­dia, at a start­ing price of ` 89,000 for the 64 GB vari­ant.

iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.