After unveiling the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, and the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the wraps off iPhone X with a ’One more thing…’ note. Yes, a third iPhone during Apple Special Event at Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater.
Apple’s iPhone X is the long-rumored iPhone the internet has been talking (and leaking) about for sometime now.
iPhone X (pronounced as iPhone 10) has a gorgeous 5.8-inch Super Retina Display (2,436 x 1125 at 458ppi) that’s bezel-less and extends edge-to-edge, with neither a Home button or TouchID. But wait, there’s a notch at the top that accommodates the front camera and other necessary components such as speaker, microphone, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. There’s even more…!
The Super Retina Display that iPhone X accommodates is the first OLED panel in an iPhone, with stunning colors, true blacks, a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide color support. Apple says it is the best system-wide color management in a smartphone. In addition to HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, the iPhone X comes with True Tone that dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light.
While a highly polished, surgical-grade stainless steel band wraps around and strengthens the iPhone X, the glass-backed design at the back is same as that of iPhone 8. As elegant as durable, says Apple.
As mentioned earlier, there is no TouchID. So, how do you unlock the handset? Welcome, Face ID. Apple’s Face ID on iPhone X replaces Touch ID, as it uses a state-of-the-art TrueDepth camera system to make sure authentication on iPhone is more secure. The TrueDepth camera system is made up of a dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator, and uses A11 Bionic to map and recognize a face for authentication. It can be used for unlocking the device, using Apple Pay, accessing secure apps, and many more. If you’re wondering about the position of TrueDepth camera, then it’s on the notch found above the screen.
Face ID actually projects more than 30,000 invisible IR dots on your face to create a mathematical model of your face. The mathematical model is created when the IR image and dot pattern are processed through neural networks, and it’s sent to the secure enclave to confirm a match. All of the processing happen on-device and not in the cloud. Privacy concerns here! If you’re concerned about your ever-growing beard and/or mustache, then you’d be happy to know that Face ID adapts to physical changes in appearance, too. Apply says Face ID is designed to prevent spoofing by photos or masks, and only unlocks the device when one genuinely looks at it. One here means the individual who has registered with Face ID on iPhone X.
Camera. The 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera on the front brings Portrait Mode for stunning selfies, with auto image stabilization and precise exposure control. The rear facer has a vertical dual 12-megapixel camera system with dual optical image stabilization. The wide-angle camera lens has f/1.8 aperture, while the telephoto camera has an improved f/2.8 aperture. Not anything unlike iPhone 8 Plus here, the iPhone X shares the same Apple-designed image signal processor, video encoder, and Portrait Mode with Portrait Lighting. Plus, the calibrations for Augmented Reality (AR) into the camera are same as well.
Ever heard of Animoji? Probably not because it’s an Apple gig. As you might guess, Animoji is a fancy name for ‘animated emoji.’ The TrueDepth camera on iPhone X can analyze over 50 different facial muscle movements, and then animate those expressions in an Animoji, including panda, unicorn and robot. You can use these Animojis to express yourself in a real fun way, as these Animojis can actually add not just your facial expression but also your voice.
As mentioned earlier, the A11 Bionic that powers the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is under-the-hood of the iPhone X as well. All specs for the chipset remains same. Apple’s iPhone X also supports Qi wireless charging, as it has a glass back design that helps enable a world-class wireless charging solution. AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless charging accessory that you can use to charge up to three Apple devices simultaneously, will be launching sometime next year. These three devices include iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X along with Apple Watch Series 3 and a new wireless charging case for AirPods.
Starting at $999, the iPhone X will be available in 64GB and 256GB configurations, with Silver and Space Gray color choices. Pre-orders begin October 27, and shipping starts November 3.
OnePlus 6T to launch in Nepal on November 11
OnePlus’ fastest device is coming faster than ever in Nepal this time.
OnePlus recently announced that it will be launching the OnePlus 6T in Nepal on November 11. The company launched the handset just last month in New York.
Yes, OnePlus is sticking to its ridiculous six-month update cycle that outdates the only flagship every six months.
The OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inch AMOLED display with a teardrop notch, and a chin, of course, on the front. It packs a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending upon your preference.
OnePlus has added an in-display fingerprint scanner to the handset, and removed the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery included in slightly larger in capacity than what we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6. Rest follows what’s on the OnePlus 6.
You can pre-order the OnePlus 6T in Nepal beginning November 11, and get the handset delivered in the next few days if not weeks. OnePlus Nepal is offering the handset at a discounted price of 69,999 NPR for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, in partnership with Alibaba’s Daraz to celebrate its Double 11 sales day.
That said, the regular OnePlus 6T pricing will likely be a little over what Daraz is offering.
We’ve reached out to OnePlus for more information, and will update this article as the story progresses.
Update: OnePlus will be selling the OnePlus 6T for 75,999 NPR in Nepal after the Daraz Double 11 sale is over. Grab the discounted price while you can.
OnePlus 6T gets new Thunder Purple finish in China
OnePlus fans in China are in for a treat that’s not black but purple.
OnePlus has announced a new OnePlus 6T variant that it’ll trade exclusively in China for the time being. The new OnePlus flagship doesn’t take another tech specs bump in this news, rather a new finish. Thunder Purple.
While the US and rest of the world has to settle for OnePlus 6T Mirror Black and Midnight Black, customers in China will be able to avail a new Thunder Purple finish of the OnePlus 6T. It’s similar to Samsung’s Lavender Purple, with more light purple at the bottom and darker as it reaches to the top.
For 3,399 Yuan ($490), you can grab the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in China. Rest of the world, waiting could be the only option for now.
Apple Pay is set to launch in Germany
This could happen anytime soon.
Apple is about to launch Apple Pay in Germany. Local banks have started emailing customers about Apple Pay’s launch in the country, but none have mentioned an exact launch date yet. Plus, Apple’s Germany website also states “coming soon” for the mobile payments service, leaving us without an exact date.
Apple earlier this year promised that it will launch Apple Pay in Germany before the end of this year; we can now see where it’s headed. Apple Pay made its debut in Europe when it launched in the United Kingdom in 2015, and now covers most parts of the continent. The contactless payments service could go live in Germany anytime soon.
At launch, Apple Pay will support American Express, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, Boon, Bunq, ComDirect, Square, Edenred, Fidor Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, N26, O2 Banking, and Vim Pay customers in Germany.
Stay tuned for more information as the story progresses.