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What you need to know about iPhone X

People take photos as a woman tests out a new iPhone X during a media event at Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, California on September 12, 2017. PHOTO | AFP PHOTO | JOSH EDELSON
People take photos as a woman tests out a new iPhone X during a media event at Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, California on September 12, 2017. PHOTO | AFP PHOTO | JOSH EDELSON 

With a starting price of about Sh 102,000 ($999) many might be wondering what new features the new iPhone X will offer.  It will be the most expensive phone the company has ever released to the market.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced during the Tuesday launch of the new iPhone X (pronounced as "ten" and not “X”) that the company has made "the biggest leap forward since the first iPhone".

Tim Cook said that the new iPhone "will set path for technology for the next decade". As many wait to see what the phone will offer compared to competition, here is what you should expect to get with the high price tag.

New design

The new iPhone comes with a new design, an all glass design which apple describes as "the most durable glass ever in a smartphone". This means the front and back glass design is hard to break. The sides is made of surgical grade stainless steel and to top it all, the design is dust and water resistant.

No home button

Apple has done away with the home button which was in the previous iPhones in iPhone X. The front design is a 5.8 inches super retina screen from edge to edge with only a small sleeve at the top for camera.

Some features that were previously on the home button have been moved to the power button but most to the screen.

According to the company the screen display is 1125x2436 OLED making it the first iPhone with such a screen.

Facial recognition

The iPhone X has facial recognition technology and now will enable users to unlock the device and applications using their faces. The company says the face recognition technology used in the design has the capability of adapting to facial changes overtime including aging.



The new iPhone 8 (left), iPhone X (centre) and iPhone 8S are displayed during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. PHOTO | AFP
The new iPhone 8 (left), iPhone X (centre) and iPhone 8S are displayed during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. PHOTO | AFP

Camera

The new Apple phone will have “a larger and faster dual 12-megapixel sensor” camera. The new camera has telephoto capabilities making it easy to take picture of objects that are far. Besides taking quality pictures, with the new iPhone one will be able to capture high resolution 4K videos.

Longer battery life and wireless charging

The new iPhone will have a longer battery life. Compared to the iPhone 7, apple says the new iPhone will have two hours more battery life.

And just like iPhone 8, it will have a wireless charging based on the QI wireless technology.

Augmented reality

iPhone X is a clear statement that Augmented Reality is the next big technology in the smartphone market. The AR features in the new phone will finally bring the technology to the masses.

AR helps users superimpose digital information onto human's view of the real world.

It is also important to note that the iPhone X unlike some previous models will only come in two colours: space grey and silver.

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