Apple’s latest smartphone is not the expected revolution, but its facial recognition technology is particularly impressive.
The iPhone X, long awaited by Apple fans, is finally released. For this anniversary smartphone, released just ten years after the first iPhone in 2007, Apple wanted to mark the occasion and promised: “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.”
So what is this new smartphone worth: is it different from its predecessors? After a week of hands-on experience, here are the three strong points and three weak points of the iPhone X.
Three reasons to buy it
First good point: design and ergonomics. With the iPhone X, we say goodbye to the iconic design of the iPhone, which has remained virtually unchanged since its inception with its unique round button and large rectangular screen. Apple has chosen to get rid of this physical button so that the screen occupies the entire front face of the phone. Featuring two glass fronts and aluminum contours, the iPhone X looks like a small high-tech gem.
The phone is equipped with a new 5.8-inch screen – the first OLED screen that meets iPhone standards, manufactured by its competitor Samsung. This Super Retina screen displays high-precision, vivid colors, and beautiful contrast.
Previous iPhone users will have to learn new gestures to navigate in the smartphone without the Home button. But ergonomics, which has always been a high point at Apple, is very well thought out and it only takes a few minutes to get used to, for example, getting out of an application by sliding your finger upwards.
Face ID “facial recognition is the great innovation of this phone. The user’s face becomes his password: he just has to look at his screen, and it unlocks almost instantly, or to confirm a purchase with Apple Pay.
Configurable in a few seconds, this function is useful even in the dark, or when a scarf or sunglasses half mask the face. A little extra: as long as the phone detects that its owner is not watching it, it does not display its notifications in their entirety, to preserve its privacy.
Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy S8 facial recognition, which is less reliable because it is based on 2D, the Face ID system projects 30,000 invisible dots on the face of the person, to map it in 3D. It is challenging to hack into this system, even though a Vietnamese cybersecurity company said it was achieved by printing a 3D face.
The test of the iPhone X in video
Three reasons to do without it
Apple’s main selling point, which promises a “big leap forward” and aims to “pave the way for technology for the next decade,” is falling through the cracks. The iPhone X is a beautiful evolution, but not a revolution.
Whereas ten years ago, the apple company defined the essence of the smartphone itself, this new product seems to be more in line with the competition. Its onboard screen can be found on the Galaxy S8 and LG V30.
And augmented reality applications, enhanced portrait mode for photos and induction charging, presented as new features, can be found on the iPhone 8.