Available for pre-ordering starting Oct. 27, Apple’s next-generation iPhone, the iPhone X, will set buyers back $999 or more. The 10th anniversary iPhone will hit stores on Nov. 3, arriving with a slew of new features including Face ID, 3D animated emoji, and the “most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone.”
Apple unveiled its latest device during a live event yesterday at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif. And, just as Microsoft did in going from Windows 8 to Windows 10, Apple decided to skip a generation in its device numbering system, going straight from the iPhone 8 to the iPhone X (pictured above and pronounced “ten”).
Other new devices debuting at yesterday’s event were the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple TV 4K, and the Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular capabilities.
Face ID Raises Privacy Concerns
Featuring an all-glass front and back and wrapped in a narrow band of stainless steel, the 5.8-inch iPhone X comes with Apple’s first-ever OLED display, as well as wireless charging capabilities, dual rear cameras, and a front-facing TrueDepth camera that supports personalized, animated emojis and a new kind of biometric security: Face ID. TrueDepth stems from Apple’s 2013 acquisition of 3D sensing company PrimeSense, which developed the 3D sensor used in the original Xbox Kinect from Microsoft.
Designed to replace Apple’s fingerprint-enabled Touch ID, which disappeared along with the iPhone’s home button to enable a front face that’s nearly all screen, Face ID lets users unlock their devices and verify purchases through facial recognition technology. However, the security feature did not work as planned when senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi tried to demonstrate Face ID live on stage yesterday.
According to a report in Business Insider, the failure might have been due to the fact…