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Apple unveils the bezel-less iPhone X with Super Retina Display and Face ID

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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…!

iPhone X and Tim Cook

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.

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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.

iPhone X Notch

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.

iPhone X Animoji Craig Federighi

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.

iPhone X Charging Dock Pods

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.

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Apple Support hits YouTube with iOS tips and tricks

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Apple’s brand new YouTube channel has quite a lot to teach you, especially if you’re getting started with your iPhone or iPad. Published under Apple Support banner, the new YouTube channel from Apple provides tips, tricks, and how-tos — straight from Apple.

It has been a day since the channel appeared to the public, with a collection of ten how-to videos (at launch) that teach you how to take screenshots, send attachments in Mail, change the wallpaper, delete call logs, and more. Apple Support how-to videos are under two minutes of length, and provide easy step-by-step instructions, with bullet points on screen.

This isn’t the first time Apple Support became more accessible; Apple expanded the support service to Twitter early last year. And now, YouTube. Apple will continue adding more tips and tricks to this part of YouTube over time, but we’re not sure just how often.

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Apple started woking on HomePod in 2012

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Apple started working on the Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker back in 2012, according to a new report. Well, that’s just a year after Siri’s debut on the iPhone 4S.

The report says HomePod was cancelled and revived several times since then.

Two years later, the project got an official codename (B238), and was moved to Valley Green 1 office (near Apple’s headquarters) under Apple’s accessories division.

Apple designers came up with different prototypes for the speaker; one of which was a 3 feet tall model, while another featured a ‘flat panel with a mesh screen on the front.’ The company also considered different color variants for the device initially, but the finished product ended up being black, and white.

Apple even considered selling the HomePod under Beats brand name, however, it scrapped the idea.

Apple’s HomePod was originally designed to be a superior speaker than the likes of JBL, Bose, and Harman Kardon, the report claims. Perhaps that’s why Apple isn’t allowing app ecosystem for HomePod, unlike Amazon’s Echo, which is a standalone product with over thousands of skills (voice-activated apps). HomePod appears to be more of an accessory than a platform, as it is heavily dependent on iPhone than cloud, with Siri being one of the key selling points.

The company did study Amazon Echo when it launched in 2014, but the inferior sound quality couldn’t impress Apple engineers back then, and they went to work on something that sounded better.

Despite the delay in HomePod’s launch, Apple is reportedly expected to sell 4 million HomePod units next year, according to the source. A holiday season without an actual competitor is definitely a good sales time for Amazon (and Google, too).

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Apple delays HomePod launch until early 2018

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Apple’s new smart-speaker has been delayed until early 2018. HomePod won’t be in Apple’s 2017 product launch list, confirmed the company.

Apple issued a statement to John Paczkowski, which mentioned the company needs ‘a little more time’ to get the smart-speaker ready for customers. The HomePod will not be released this year, rather early next year.

Apple announced HomePod during this year’s WWDC back in June, and is supposed to be one of the biggest product launches in Apple’s space. However, the company didn’t even mention HomePod during its September Special Event. And now we know why!

With holiday season already arrived, it would be a good sales time for rival companies in smart-speaker business (like Amazon and Google) to cover the market, while Apple fans will have to bypass this season to get their hands on the HomePod.

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