The iPhone X represents a big leap for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. Apple designed a beautiful, new unibody frame made of surgical-grade stainless steel for extra strength and durability. It has a 12MP dual camera for better photos, a big and colourful 5.8” Retina HD display, a faster and smarter A11 Bionic chip for better performance, and a new display feature without the established home screen button.
This phone is fast. Like, really fast, and it’s all due to the A11 Bionic chip present in the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. The chip takes performance and speed to new heights, with apps launching 40% faster than before. The keyboard display is also faster - up to 50% faster.
The chip has six cores - four for high efficiency and two for high performance. This means that the A11 promises 25% faster cores for performance and 70% faster efficiency cores than the A10. Because there’s such an improvement in efficiency, less battery life is used per action or activity.
The chip also has the Neural Engine, a small piece of silicon attached to the chip that process 600 billion operations at one time and also holds the memory for facial ID and a person’s predictive text.
The iPhone X was tested for its durability in real-life situations such as being dropped from a pocket onto a tar road, being sat on or having excess pressure applied to the screen.
Youtuber JerryRigEverything conducted a scratch test on the screen of the iPhone X and found that not even a razor blade damaged the display. A bend test was also conducted in case of scenarios where one sits on their phone or pressure is applied to it at an angle. EverythingApplePro conducted a drop test from head height onto the back of the phone and found that it did not sustain any scratches or shatters. A second drop test was done, also from head height, this time face first.
Zoom allows users to magnify their screen making text and the overall appearance larger and easier to read. One can magnify the screen up to 15 times its original size.
Real-time text (RTT) allows users with hearing impairments to type and send a conversational text while on the phone
The dictation feature allows a user to verbally relay a message while the iPhone types it out. This may be helpful for users who have impairments with their hands or fingers.
Type to Siri is useful for people unable to speak. One can type a query to Siri instead of saying it.
This feature allows users to type a message on their screen and have the iPhone read the text out aloud.
Switch Control is for users who have very little mobility and allows them to control their iPhone or iPad using moves as small as a blowing, blinking or clicking a button. Other devices such as a joystick can work with Switch Control.
Closed captions were created for users who are deaf or hard of hearing. Closed captions are also known as subtitles for video or audio material.
Assistive Touch helps users who have difficulty pressing buttons, applying 3D Touch and pinch-to-zoom on an iPhone or iPad. The feature provides an onscreen button which can be tapped instead of having to physically press it on the side.
Speak Screen reads anything that’s being displayed on your phone.
The App Store allows iPhone and iPad users to browse and download apps to their device. From games to fitness to music to photo editing to load shedding schedules, the App Store offers millions of fun, helpful and informative apps for your everyday life.
Apple iCloud is a storage service that comes free for anyone with an iPhone, iPad or Mac to store, save and sync your data and settings across all of your Apple devices. You can also save and sync photos, videos, music, documents and more. Up to 5GB is free and you can pay a monthly fee if you want more storage space.
Find My iPhone
Find My iPhone is a location-tracking service for all Apple devices, including Macs. If your device has been stolen or lost, you can pinpoint the exact location of your phone via Find My iPhone. Just use another computer or a friend’s iPhone to locate your phone by logging into iCloud and selecting “Find My iPhone”. The app must be activated in your settings for it to locate your device.
Siri is like a knowledgeable, witty friend in your pocket. Siri can answer questions, make recommendations to restaurants and action tasks like playing your favorite playlist just by saying, “Hey Siri.”
iOS is taking texting to a new level. You can animate your conversations with sounds like ‘slam’, ‘loud’ or ‘gentle’ as well as full screen effects like balloons.
iOS can store thousands of your memories and allows you to categorise into albums. Your phone is also able to pick up if multiple photos were taken on a particular day as well as places, grouping them into an album. The same goes for photos and videos sent via WhatsApp and content posted on Instagram. Live Photos transforms still photos into moving images by filming a few seconds of video before you take your photo. The photos app is also capable of facial recognition, so if you have multiple photos of the same person, the app will offer an album suggestion for them.
iMovie is a video editing app created by Apple for iPhones and iPads. You can create and edit high-definition videos straight from your phone! The app allows you to share your videos straight to Youtube, MMS or email.
3D Touch uses capacitive sensors incorporated into the smartphone's display to sense three degrees of pressure in a user's touch and responds according to the amount of pressure used.
Record Your Screen
You can now record the process of something done on your iPhone or iPad. For example, you can record how to take and edit photos, record how to upload an Instagram story, send an email - the list is endless.
Drag and Drop
Drag and Drop allows text, links, photos, files, and more to be transferred from one app to another without needing to use in-app share sheets.Tap and hold the file, then drag it. Using another finger, access another app to drop the file into.
Do Not Disturb While Driving
This feature is dedicated to decreasing distractions while driving. Once activated, your device mutes all incoming notifications when its connected to the car’s Bluetooth or WiFi, except for emergency texts. The feature also responds to incoming messages with a short notification that you are in the car and unable to answer the phone.
QR Code Scanner
Point the camera at a QR code and it will automatically detect it and give you the option to open it. Use it to register for things or pay your restaurant bill via Snap Scan.
QuickType One-Handed Keyboard
You can select a one-handed keyboard if your other hand is occupied and unable to type. You can choose the keyboard to shift all of the keys to the left or right side. You can even simply use your thumb using the QuickType feature.
Apple Wallet safely and easily stores your coupons, boarding passes, student ID cards, event tickets, movie tickets and store card, credit cards and debit cards.
Control Centre is a collection of the most important and frequently used functions and settings such as WiFi, calculator, screen brightness or sound consolidated into one place. Easily accessed by swiping up from the bottom of your screen, Control Centre helps you do things quickly without having to unlock your phone.
You can alert the police or an emergency contact by pressing the sleep button five times.
Traveling in a new city? Going away for the weekend? iOS gives you Maps for free! Type in your end address and simply follow the route. You can also save specific locations such as ‘home’, ‘work’ and ‘second home’.
Lock Screen Notifications
The Lock Screen shows you the time and date as well as any notifications for messages without you having to unlock your phone. You can see older notifications by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
When buying a device operating on iOS, it is easy and quick to set it up. Automatic Setup transfers all of your personal settings, preferences and iCloud Keychain passwords to your new device just by holding your new and used devices close together.
Use the Notes app to take meeting minutes, jot down your thoughts, save shopping lists, links to articles and so much more. It’s a notepad in your phone!
It may not be safe to read a book while driving to work, but now you don’t have to. The Podcasts app in iOS offers thousands of fun, informative and stimulating shows to listen to in a variety of genres while you’re driving, exercising or lying on the beach. Subscribe to your favourite shows and get notifications when new episodes are up!
The health app gathers data from your iPhone, Apple Watch and other apps that you use so that you can view your progress in one place. The app tracks sleep, activity, nutrition, your walking steps, running distances and other factors. The information collected can also be kept private with a password in the case of snooping friends or family members!
Listen to your favourite music, watch the best TV shows and movies straight from your iPhone via iTunes. iTunes lets you create playlists choosing from 50 million based on your mood, location or time of year - it’s perfectly curated to you.
iOS also comes with…
Safari web browser
With iOS 12, everything is faster! Simply opening an app is now 40% percent faster, even when you’re jumping between multiple apps at on time. Using multiple apps at the same time is twice as fast as it was in iOS 11!
Speed and performance also extends to opening the camera app from the lock screen so that you can take that all-important selfie even faster - 70% faster, that is. The keyboard is now faster than ever with a 50% improvement in speed when appearing on the screen. Typing is now more responsive too. Swiping while multitasking, scrolling through an app and selecting the Share sheet are all actions that are faster and smoother too. The Share sheet appears 2x faster than in iOS 11, even if there are many sharing options loaded.
Everyday, you will receive a short and easy-to-understand report showing you how many hours you have physically looked at your phone and which apps take up your time. Knowing just how much time you spend on your phone doesn’t have to send you on a guilt trip. With Screen Time, you can set time limits on how much time you or your kids spend on a particular app. If your kids have their own smartphones, set up your family’s Apple IDs to their phones and if would like more time for a particular app, they can request it from you to approve.
Do your kids have smartphones? Or are you actively trying to spend less time looking at your phone? Apple is catering to these needs with Screen Time. This is a new feature dedicated to showing you how much time you spend on websites and apps, including social media and instant messaging. Downtime is a cool feature within Screen Time. You can set a bedtime for your apps and notifications so that you won’t be bothered by anyone or anything!
iOS 12 has even improved the notifications experience. One of the new features includes Grouped Notifications: When the family group chat is going crazy, your iPhone now groups them in a neatly formatted grouping on your homescreen.
With Instant Tuning, iOS has also catered for vital notifications such as a doctor’s report as well as notifications that don’t need any sound at all. For example, in the notification settings, if you’re toggled to receive notifications for Instagram comments on your posts, you can choose to have these delivered silently. Vital notifications will still be sent to you even if your phone is in Do Not Disturb mode.
In a rush? Reply with a simple emoji. Tapbacks allow you to reply to a message via your homescreen by simply touching and holding the notification. Emoji options may be a heart, a thumbs up or a thumbs down.
Memojis and Animojis
Emojis that look like you! You can create an emoji based on your facial features as well as the ability to customise. The newer, longer animojis allow you to record up to 30 seconds as a T-rex, a ghost, a koala and a tiger.
Chat with up to 32 people at one time! You can add text on your screen, use your memoji or animoji while you chat and add interesting filters.With focus view, you can tap the person who’s talking to make them the central figure of the chat. You can also add people to the chat or join at any time!
The Photos app in iOS 12 can pick up when you have taken multiple photos in one location with multiple people. The app will create an album as well as offer sharing suggestions to send to the people you were with. You can now search through photos using keywords like “holiday” or “surf”.
Keep your finger on the pulse of the stock market. The new Stocks app lets you choose which stocks you’d like to watch at a glance. If you’d like to get more detail, simply select any ticker to view price changes and charts.
When you download the app, you will see that it has already given possible shortcuts you’d often use such as “heading to work”. In this shortcut, you can populate it with a number of steps: Entering the route to your offices, checking the traffic and adding a playlist or audio book. Tap “Done” and then “Add to Siri”. From now on, you can say: “Hey Siri, heading to work,” and the app will implement all those actions for you. Shortcuts also connects to third-party apps such as a travel planner app like TripIt. You can pull up your travel plans by simply saying “Hey Siri, travel plans.”
Privacy and Security
iOS 12 has advanced tracking prevention which stops websites, share buttons and comment widgets from tracking you without your permission in Safari. Safari also stops brands from collecting data from your iPhone’s settings so that you can be targeted with ads. iOS 12 can also create and safely store strong passwords for you which are stored in the iCloud Keychain. You can also sign into your Apple ID using your fingerprint instead of remembering a log in.
iOS 12 has taken augmented reality to the next level. The Measure app can now recognise objects in 3D. Your phone will recognise objects and orient itself to them. As you walk around your room or office, the Measure app will pick up and measure each object. If you turn your phone horizontally, it will activate its Level feature. You will be told how many degrees off-centre you are. These features can be used to incorporate objects into AR experiences.
Face tracking which can see where you are looking and can pick up if you are winking or sticking your tongue out. Scene reflection is another innovative feature in AR. Using your camera app, you can enable virtual objects to reflect life-like scenes that you see through your camera. Content creators of AR will also be happy to know that the new 3D USDZ file format (like a PNG for 3D) will help content creators design animations and other forms of content for mobile devices.
Sharing AR experiences is easier too. You can share it to someone in a different time zone and/or a different location.