The best reason to buy the iphone X

Dan Watson, Contributor
Dan Watson is a photographer, videographer & creator of LearningCameras.com

iPhone X

Apple’s “One More Thing” announcement was more than just an extra accessory, it was the future of the iPhone. With a screen taking up almost the entire front of the device, a host of facial recognition features, the promise of greater security (unless you have an evil twin), and the amazing quality Apple is well known for, it’s difficult to not want to jump on board, despite the high price. But there is a hidden gem the iPhone X offers that no other Apple or Samsung flagship will provide.

One of the biggest and most cared about features in a phone is the camera system and both Apple and Samsung have been leading the charge for years. Last year, Apple one upped Samsung by offering dual camera systems in their larger 7 Plus only to have Samsung follow a year later in the Note 8. Apple has continued the tradition of dual camera systems in the larger newly released iPhone 8 Plus which is great for capturing portraits and needed for the portrait mode depth of field effects. Until now though, the only way to acquire this dual camera system was to purchase an extremely large phone many would have laughed at only a few years ago. The iPhone X changes that.

While the iPhone X technically houses the largest Apple display of any iphone at 5.8”, the physical dimensions are barely larger than the smaller iPhone 8 and more suitable and pocketable for most people. It also houses the impressive dual camera system with portrait mode, depth sensing, and the incredible image quality Apple is well known for. For the many of you who have craved the best camera system around with a phone that doesn’t feel like a tablet in your pocket, the iPhone X is a dream come true. The only thing left to do is find the $1000+ needed to make that dream a reality!

By Stephen Nellis

CUPERTINO, Calif. (Reuters) – Apple Inc on Tuesday rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X, a redesigned product of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge display that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook called “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.”

The phone features wireless charging, an infrared camera and special hardware for facial recognition, which will replace the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone. The home button found on previous iPhones is also gone, and users will instead tap the device to wake it up.

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Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone X during a launch event in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

But in an embarrassing moment for Apple senior vice president Craig Federighi, the face ID unlocking did not work on his first attempt during the on-stage presentation.

The phone, which is priced at $999 and ships on Nov. 3, as well as the holiday shopping season that will follow are the most important for Apple in years.

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Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., speaks about the iPhone X during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Shares of Apple were last down 1.3 percent after erasing gains of up to 1 percent during the launch event.

The company has sold more than 1.2 billion iPhones over the past decade and ushered in the era of mobile computing, but last year had a substantial decline in revenue as many consumers rejected the iPhone 7 as being too similar to the iPhone 6.

The screen on the iPhone X is about the size of the current iPhone 7 plus, though the phone itself is smaller. It features richer colors thanks to a new technology called OLED that other vendors such as Samsung are also rolling out.

Apple also introduced the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, which resemble the iPhone 7 line but have a glass back for wireless charging.