This was perhaps the star of the show of Apple’s phone unveiling including the iPhone 8. The iPhone 10 also known as the iPhone X (As in roman numeral) has been unveiled today, and this is the biggest leap forward in design since the original iPhone in 2007. It has edge-to-edge  glass on the front and back, using the same formula as iPhone 8. It is made of surgical-grade stainless steel band around the sides. It is Water and dust resistant and will come in Space gray and silver colors.

It comes with an all-new Super Retina Display with a 2436 x 1125 resolution, 5.8-inch diagonal screen (458ppi, highest pixel density). It’s an OLED technology. This is the first OLED display great enough to be in an iPhone with brightness, wide color, and color accuracy all up to Apple standards. It supports HDR in both Dolby Vision and HDR. Million-to-one contrast ratio.

How to unlock the iPhone 10

Since there’s no home button,  you just tap on the screen to wake up the iPhone X. To go to the home screen, and you just swipe up from the bottom. The same fluid gesture also works for multitasking. Side button is now larger. You can just press and hold to talk to Siri.

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So What about unlocking? How do you unlock without a home button and TouchID? Well, you just look at the phone and it unlocks and it is called Face ID. This is the future of how we unlock our smartphones and protect our personal information.

iPhone 10 Face ID
iPhone 10 Face ID

So how will this work? It has a trueDepth camera system at the top of the display to enable it. IR camera, floor illuminator, dot projector all in the front camera section. When you look at the phone it will project 30,000 invisible IR dots, the cameras fire, and it checks that pattern against the stored image in real time. It has specialized hardware built for a specific set of machine learning algorithms. Neural engine is dual-core, 600bn operations per second. It’s what enables the real-time Face ID recognition.

Unlike Samsung’s Iris Scanner, FaceID works when you change your hairstyle, wear a hat, wears glasses or even in the dark. It adapts to you if your face changes over time, like if you grow a beard. And they say it can’t be spoofed by photos , masks or “your evil twin”. You need user attention to unlock, so it won’t unlock if your eyes are closed. Data is stored on the phone, so it can’t be shared. According to Apple, there is 1 in 50,000 chance a random user could unlock your phone with TouchID, but now chances with Face ID are 1 in 1 million. Face tracking tech can be used for other things, like.. Animojis (Animated Emojis).

It Works with Apple Pay — you look at the phone to unlock and then point at the reader. Also works with apps that support Apple Pay.

The Cameras & Battery

Just like the iPhone 8, It has 12MP dual cameras, f1.8 and 2.4 on the telephoto, the only difference is that it has dual OIS, which is a big deal. “A lot of magnets moving around in a very small space.” It has Quad-LED TrueTone flash. This is very clearly the moment when the front 7 mp camera became way more important and higher-tech than the rear camera on the iPhone due to the true depth sensor.

When it comes to the battery Apple says the iPhone 10 will last two more hours of battery life than the iPhone 7. It supports Qi charging as well. There is also a new AirPower charger. Apple is working with Qi to incorporate this into the standard. AirPower charger coming next year.

Also on the wireless front, the iPhone X supports LTE Advanced and the incoming Bluetooth 5.0 standard. There are still no real gadgets or accessories that you can use with a Bluetooth 5 phone, but the more phones there are, the more impetus there will be for compatible peripherals.

iPhone X 64GB will cost $999 pre-orders October 27th, ships November 3rd and this is just the base model there will also be a 256GB version which will cost $1,149.

Anyone selling a kidney for this iPhone?