How much? Ap­ple launches £1,000 iphone

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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;579 iphone 8/8 Plus www.snip­cas­

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).

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