10 reasons for the iPhone X


If you had to pick the one thing that differentiates the iPhone X from any other smartphone, it is its “edge-to-edge” 5.8-inch, 2436x1125px display that is capable of sharp text, crisp visuals, and colours that are near accurate, with very little artificial saturation.


The front and the rear of the iPhone X is made up of reinforced glass, while the band that makes up its sides is fabricated out of “surgical-grade” stainless steel for added strength. The device carries an IP67 rating which means it is resistant to dust and can withstand immersion in up to one metre of water for 30 minutes. True to its rating, the device easily survives a dunk in H2O, and it’s safe to say that a walk in the rain will not put it out of commission either.

The iPhone X feels solid, but we would still recommend a case to protect its screen and rear glass panel against accidental falls.


The glass back of the iPhone X includes an embedded charging system, known as Qi, that lets you juice up the device’s battery by simply placing it on charging surfaces or mats. At present, you will have to make do with wireless chargers from brands like Belkin, Samsung and Mophie. Apple plans to launch its proprietary fast-charging ‘AirPower mat’ only in 2018.

Qi chargers work with the protective cases that Apple retails themselves, and almost any cover that’s not too thick and which does not include metal in its fabrication. Still, we recommend you err on the side of caution, and opt for an iPhone cover/casing that’s tried and tested.


The iPhone X is powered by Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip. Its CPU comprises two “performance cores” and four “high-efficiency cores”, while its three-core GPU is fine-tuned to handle 3D games as well as Augmented Reality (AR) applications. Apple says its new CPU can harness all six cores simultaneously whenever applications demand extra processing power. This is a clear improvement over last year’s quadcore A10 Fusion chip where only two cores could be active at any given point of time.

The A11 also features a new dual-core neural engine that is built for machine learning, and it is this artificial intelligence that powers new features such as Face ID and Animoji.

In benchmark tests, the iPhone X outclassed last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and also bested the scores posted by each and every Android handset we’ve tested this year, including the OnePlus 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The iPhone 8 is the only device that out-performed this handset.

As far as real-world use is concerned, it is safe to assume that if the iPhone X cannot handle any task, no other smartphone would be able to either.


The iPhone X does away with a fingerprint reader, and instead uses facial recognition to unlock the device. To achieve this, the handset is equipped with Apple’s proprietary TrueDepth camera system. This comprises a Dot Projector, Infrared Camera and Flood Illuminator.

The Dot Projector casts more than 30,000 invisible dots on a user’s face to build an encrypted facial map that’s stored only on the device. Subsequently, every time a user tries to unlock the handset, the infrared camera captures this facial geometry and sends it to the A11 Bionic chip to confirm a match. The Flood Illuminator allows the TrueDepth System to identify a user even in the dark.

Since Face ID also captures depth information, the iPhone X cannot be unlocked with a photograph. It also recognises if the user’s eyes are open and looking towards the device to prevent someone from unlocking the device when you are asleep. The technology uses the neural engine to automatically recognise changes—such as makeup or a beard—in your appearance.

As an additional failsafe, Face ID allows only five unsuccessful match attempts before it requires you to enter the backup PIN you created at the time of setup. Face ID works consistently to unlock the device, even in pitch darkness. It is also designed to work with hats, glasses, contact lens and some tinted sunglasses. Apple says this technology is approximately 20 times more secure than its fingerprint-based Touch ID.


It’s hardly been a week since the iPhone X has hit markets, and already Animojis are a rage all over the internet. The TrueDepth camera system – when coupled with the processing muscle in this handset – captures and analyses over 50 facial muscle movements to create a dozen different animated emojis such as a bunny, fox, puppy, rooster, and unicorn.

This means you can record 10-second voice messages that are played back instantly using these 3D characters that lip-sync to whatever you’re saying.

Animoji messages can be played back on any handset, but, of course, you can only create these on the iPhone X.


The cameras on the iPhone X are one of the best on smartphones today. They capture colours that are true to life, without any over saturation. Besides, their high-dynamic range even picks up the darkest areas in a scene with great details. You also get a Portrait mode for images with a wonderful depth-of-field effect. Plus, there is no denying that the video captures on this new Apple handset—with crisp audio capture—is the best in class; enough to allow you to shoot hi-res YouTube videos, and even amateur 4K movies without investing in high-end camera equipment.

The iPhone X now comes with a ‘Portrait Lighting’ feature. This mode is possible because of the handset’s dual rear shooters, and its TrueDepth camera at the front. It allows you to apply five lighting effects to your portraits: ‘Natural’ where the subject’s face is in sharp focus against a blurred background, ‘Studio’ for a brightly lit-up subject, ‘Contour’ for dramatic highlights and lowlights, ‘Stage’ where the subject is spot-lit against a black background, and ‘Stage mono’ which is similar to Stage, but in B&W.

So whether you want to shoot panorama photos; slow motion, time-lapse, Full HD, or 4K videos—along with image stabilisation and even zoom—all your needs will be met with the iPhone X. Besides, this device will even let you edit these high-resolution photos and videos without any stutter, thanks to its powerful A11 Bionic chip.


The iPhone X is future-proof. With the new iOS 11 operating system, developers are provided with tools—known as ARKit—that will allow them to build augmented reality apps. Users can expect to see educational content, multimedia entertainment, measuring tools, 3D scanners and even games that will leverage on this technology where digital objects and information are blended with the environment around you to create a more immersive experience.


The iPhone X comes with preinstalled apps such as Weather (for daily and weekly forecasts), Notes and Voice Memos (for quick scribbles and musings), Calendar and Reminders (to add tasks and set schedules), Health (to monitor your physical wellbeing), GarageBand (to compose music), Keynote (for presentations), Numbers (for spreadsheets), Pages (to create documents), iMovie(for movieediting on the fly), iTunes Store (for movies and music), and iTunes U (for educational content).

Apple has also baked QR coderecognition into the camera app, so now you can point the device at a code, and you will see a context sensitive popup that will offer to open a web page in Safari, or add phone numbers and emails to your contacts.

OS 11 now also comes with a new ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode that detects when you are driving, and sends customised responses to the people you specify. You can easily disable this mode from the DND pop up if you are not at the wheel yourself.

And, of course, Siri, Apple’s digital voice-based assistant works well with Indian accents and can be used to access apps, initiate searches, and even play music with simple voice commands.

Besides, the App Store has now been completely redesigned to help users find new and relevant apps. A new ‘Today’ tab highlights “best new apps”, while tabs for ‘Apps’ and ‘Games’ feature picks by Apple’s app editors as well as chart toppers.


There is no home button on the iPhone X, which is why Apple has introduced new control gestures. Some of these include…

Raise the device and look at it to unlock with Face ID

Swipe from the top right corner to access the Control Centre, which reveals quick access to network settings (airplane mode, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), display brightness, night mode, camera and flashlight.

Swipe from the bottom edge to access the home screen.

From an open app, swipe up from the bottom edge and hold to access the App Switcher. Long press on the windows that appear to access the option to close open apps.

Press and hold the right-side button to ask Siri a question.

Simultaneously press and quickly release the right-side button and volume-up button to take a screen shot.

Press and hold the side button and either volume button to turn off the iPhone.