HUNDREDS of Apple fans flocked to the British flagship store this morning to buy an iPhone X.
We attended a launch event at the Regent Street store to try out the new phone, which has been labelled “the future” by Apple boss Tim Cook.
The most striking change is the lack of a home button, which has been totally removed.
You can now unlock the phone by scanning your face using advanced technology that’s said to be years ahead of the Android competition.
For Apple fans, stabbing the home button to unlock is an instinctive manoeuvre they’ve performed for up to a decade, so the new system will take a bit of getting used to.
But it’s certainly a step forward from previous iPhone models and the interface is likely to become second nature very quickly – although you might look a bit silly when you forgetfully try to open up an iPad with your face and it stubbornly refuses to unlock.
You can see the poo animoji in this image of the iPhone X
Sun reporter Jasper snaps a rare selfie with the iPhone X[/caption]
It features a selection of new “gestures” which perform key tasks.
For instance, it’s now possible to quickly switch between apps by sliding your finger along the bottom of the screen.
Once you’re in an app, you can swipe upwards to go back to the home screen or swipe and hold to be shown all the apps currently open so you can choose which one you want to use.
The new phone does feel very different from other iPhones and offers a new level of interactiveness which actually reminded me of a desktop computer, mainly due to the slide to swap apps functionality which finally makes switching between apps feel much more intuitive than before.
Apple’s animojis are also set to become very popular. These animated emojis sync their motion to the movements of your face using the gadget’s TrueDepth camera.
They might sound like a throwaway feature but are actually rather impressive.
If you raise your eyebrows, smile or frown, the emojis do the same instantly. You can choose from 12 emojis including a horse, chicken, alien and our personal favourite: the poo icon.
The iPhone X is also great for selfie-obsessed people because it allows you to use “portrait mode” from the front-facing camera.
This setting artfully blurs the background and was previously only available on the main camera of the iPhone 6 Plus and 7 Plus.
There’s also a option called Stage Light, that’s designed to cast a simulated spotlight on the subject of the photo and black out the background as if they were standing on a stage.
The hardware itself feels robust and tough – as well as beautiful.
Its OLED screen really makes colours pop and is very striking to look at.
Compared to older models, the iPhone X feels a wee bit thicker and slightly heavier.
But this only adds to the reassuring sense of heft and makes it feel very luxurious.
It really looks and feels like a £999 gadget, so we don’t think Apple fans will feel shortchanged by their purchase.
The device went on sale at 8am this morning and is likely to sell like hotcakes.
Last week, the iPhone X sold out almost immediately today after Apple opened up pre-orders.
It’s the most advanced iPhone the tech firm has ever released, featuring facial recognition, wireless charging and an impressive edge-to-edge OLED display.
We’ll have a full review of the iPhone X next week, so keep an eye on The Sun Tech.
The iPhone X tech features and specs
The iPhone X
- All glass design
- 5.8-inch Super Retina display
- Face ID that recognises your face
- 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID features
- Splash, water and dust resistant
- Dual 12-megapixel cameras with Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, bringing dramatic studio lighting effects to iPhone, allowing customers to capture stunning portraits with a shallow depth-of-field effect in five different lighting styles
- Wireless charging
- A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone
- 64GB and 256GB models starting at £999
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