Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

IPhone X Shipping Delay May Dampen Apple's Holiday Quarter

Apple CEO Tim Cook, announces the new iPhone X at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus. The iPhone X's OLED edge-to-edge display, augmented reality wireless charging and facial recognition system are all readily available on other very accomplished smartphones from Samsung and others. For instance, the same face-scanning technology that Apple plans to use for our security will also allow us to send animated emoji, called animoji.

It was hard to find any reviews of the iPhone X that described it as any more than a minor upgrade with a world-class camera. After a litany of iPhones all bearing incremental numbers, Apple has made a decision to skip the iPhone 9 and reveal the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X (pronounced "iPhone ten") at the same time. Apple TV 4K was announced, and will support both Dolby Vision and HDR10, competing formats for High Dynamic Range, which show vibrant colours on Ultra HD screens.

The iconic device has been given a spruce up to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but what features does the iPhone X have? Last year's iPhone 7 started from $1,048.

The facial recognition sensors can also animate the emojis you send in messages, meaning your adorable panda picture can actually read out your words and move its lips. Media outlets in China are also not so optimistic about the new model's future, jokingly calling the iPhone X "a smartphone with hair bangs."

Another major attraction for the pricey device is an exciting new front-rear 3D camera that can do all sorts of imaginative things with your face.

AirPower is Apple's new wireless charging technology that works with the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 models, but it's not available yet.

Reuters reported the iPhone X's price raised a few eyebrows.

We've seen Apple subtract the numbers before and it set the precedent earlier this year when it launched the iPad 9.7, rather than calling it the iPad Air 3.

Bucking the trend of an aluminium unibody chassis that many previous iPhones use, the iPhone X has an nearly all-glass exterior. The closest iPhone to come near that figure is the iPhone 6s Plus, which weighs in at 192 grams, 10 grams less than the iPhone 8 Plus. That trounces the 6,564 from the Galaxy Note 8, and even beats the 7,287 from the Intel Core i5-7200U-based Dell XPS 13 from late 2016.

Recently, Apple has taken a beating in China from domestic smartphone makers who sell their devices at devices at much lower prices.

On the AR front, Apple says the iPhone 8 series has cameras which are "individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking".

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