How much? Apple launches £1,000 iphone
Apple has launched its most expensive phone yet – the cheapest version of which costs an eye-watering £999.
The iphone X (pronounced ‘10’), to be launched on 3 November, has an ‘edge-to-edge’ screen, covering the entire front of the phone. Along with the new iphone 8 and 8 Plus, it’s Apple’s first phone not to have a home button at the bottom. To ‘wake’ the phone you just need to tap or swipe it.
The biggest difference between the iphone X and the 8/8 Plus is screen quality. The former has an OLED (Organic LightEmitting Diode) screen, which gives more vivid colours than the IPS LCD screens used on most other phones.
It also has a new face-scanning tool called Face ID, which confirms itunes purchases and unlocks the phone. The 8/8 Plus retains the Touch ID tool. Face ID works by projecting infrared dots on to your face to build a 3D model. It checks this against the photo of your face you’ve stored on the phone. The £999 version of the iphone X comes with 64GB of storage. For 256GB you’ll have to pay £1,149. The iphone 8 and 8 Plus, available to buy now, start at £6699 and £799 re respectively. Fo For more details vi visi visit Apple’s site: ipho iphone X www.snipca.com/255725579;579 iphone 8/8 Plus www.snipcasnipca.ca.ccom/25580.
What does it do?
Much the same as any other smartphone.
Why would I want it?
That’s a good question. Apple, which has launched the iphone X (pronounced ‘ten’) at £999 (pronounced ‘How much?!’), points out it has an ‘all-glass design’. So do several other phones. It also features a ‘Super Retina display’ that has so many pixels, the human eye can’t see how much sharper it is. Inside is an ‘A11 Bionic’ chip, which isn’t bionic by 1970s TV series standards, but does make the battery last two hours longer, or eight hours less than the Moto Z2 Play (£379). The front is ‘all screen’, except for a funny-shaped chunk that isn’t.
What’s the catch?
As you’d expect for £1,000, there aren’t many catches. Instead of a standard headphone socket, you get to use the adapter supplied in the box, until you lose it. Fingerprint recognition, available on phones costing as little as £85, has been removed because the front is all screen, but they couldn’t put it on the back or the side for reasons known only to Apple. Instead, the phone recognises your face, if you can point it at your face while touching it to the till to pay for your shopping without dropping it.
So can I do without it?
Apple’s own iphone 6s or 6s Plus is half the price (£449-549), works brilliantly and can read your fingerprint. On Android, Motorola’s Moto E4 (see page 26) can read your fingerprint, make phone calls and run most apps pretty smoothly, and costs £120. But at least the iphone X has animated emojis (see image right).