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.