There hasn’t been an iPhone release in the last three years with as much hype as the iPhone X launch. For more than a year, we’ve been teased with this incredible bezel-free slab of glass that will define Apple’s future when it comes to the iPhone. The iPhone X (no, it is not the “x,” it is the “10”) is finally here, and it delivers on the promise.
When I saw the iPhone X for the first time, I was impressed - but also amazed. The display is incredibly bright and full of contrast, and the notch attributes the design neatly. The phone fit perfectly in my hand - just like my iPhone 6S. Gone is the home button, and with it, the thick forehead and chin. The swipes are perfectly useable. The software experience is fluid, unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Face ID works well, and so does Animoji.
Smile to unlock the iPhone.
Unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID is very intuitive: pick up the iPhone and swipe up to unlock. Very rarely does Face ID make you wait for more than a second to unlock the phone. It may not be as quick and consistent as Touch ID yet, but it is close enough to be a suitable replacement.
In my experience, Face ID has been very accurate. Glasses don’t pose a problem for it, as far as my testing goes. And no, none of my friends could unlock it without me in the frame. There have been reports of twins able to unlock each other’s iPhone X, and some sunglasses not allowing Face ID to work. It is not perfect yet, but some future software updates may make a difference.
When someone else looks at your iPhone X, the lock screen notifications are hidden. It adds a neat layer of privacy that doesn’t hamper the convenience of glancing at your notifications on the lock screen.
When the Samsung Galaxy phones got the Iris scanner, skepticism resumed, because people were not convinced that it could replace fingerprint scanners. However, Apple is changing this perspective with the iPhone X - Face ID is real, it works, and it will stick.
The best camera I’ve used on a smartphone, hands down.
The iPhone X produces pictures with perfectly natural colors, with no extra sharpening and saturation. The camera app is easy to access with a 3D Touch on the lock screen. Just pointing and shooting results in excellent shots, but you can always tweak your exposure to get a better shot. Daylight shots are crispy, with great dynamic range and color accuracy. Night time shots are usually better than those take on other devices, and the f/2.4 telephoto lens performs just as well as the wide-angle.
Here are some pictures from the iPhone X:
Here is a sample 4K 60fps video shot on the iPhone X, wherein zooming in results in switching to the telephoto camera:
Both cameras on the iPhone X are 12 MP with independent OIS systems. Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the wide-angle camera has an aperture of f/1.4. Unlike the iPhone 8 Plus, the telephoto camera has a wider aperture at f/2.4 instead of f/2.8, which results in better low-light shots.
The best iPhone display, ever.
The iPhone X is widely said to have one of the best displays in the market. The new OLED display that Apple designed with Samsung specifically for the iPhone X has better brightness and contrast than any iPhone display before. As it is with OLED panels, blacks are perfectly black, and bright colors pop.
Apple is a late adopter to OLED technology, but the wait has paid off. As of now, I have not heard of any burn-in issues with this display, or any inaccuracies in color reproduction. OLED display may deteriorate in the long run, but there is a good chance that Apple has optimized iOS to prevent burn-in.
A polished iPhone experience for those who can afford it.
Apple has set a high bar for its competitors with the iPhone X. Then again, the iPhone X is expensive, with a starting price of $999 for the 64 GB model. Nonetheless, the phone is currently sold out across the world, with a 4-5 week wait time in many countries.
The iPhone X is fluid inside, beautiful outside. The excellent display, camera, battery life, performance, and design make it the complete modern smartphone experience.
Bottom line, we’ve come closer than ever to Jony Ive’s vision of a perfect slab of glass. The iPhone X delivers.
Download and use them, it's free!
Did you like them? Can you help me improve them? Leave me some feedback in the comments.
In 2002, iRobot announced a vacuum cleaner called “Roomba”. Unlike other vacuum cleaners of its time, the Roomba cleaned entire rooms all by itself. It used sensors to avoid obstacles and navigate to places unreachable by hand to clean the floor. The Roomba earned its way into Time magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2002”, and it was one, of many, breakthrough innovations that has brought us artificial intelligence.
Fast forward 15 years. You are now talking to your phone to do things. You are searching billions of data points for the perfect answers. You are surrounded by artificial intelligence - and sometimes, you don’t even realize that AI is serving you. Artificial Intelligence has become the bread and butter of the technology industry today. Whether you are receiving help from an automated call center or predicting weather patterns, you are probably being assisted by AI some way or the other. And the technology industry is creating new application of artificially intelligent systems every other day, making it one of the fastest growing trends of the 21st century.
The current state of AI
Google’s Assistant and Apple’s Siri both made huge strides this year. Both assistants are contextually aware, so they understand follow up conversation-style questions. They now not only process natural language better, but also speak more naturally. Now that Siri, Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa connect with so many third party services, they are coming extremely popular in home and car automation.
A Verton Analytics report from July 2017 showed that 43% of all smartphones have an AI application installed and used - that is 72 million smartphones with AI powered assistants. Moreover, it was predicted by Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz that over 10 million Google Home and Amazon Echo (or similar) products will be sold during just the Christmas Holidays of 2016. With so may voice assistants all around us, we can be assured that AI assistants are not going anywhere, and will significantly improve in the coming years.
AI adoption in the healthcare industry is already showing its benefits. It is constantly assisting doctors make better predictions, surgeons operate more precisely and researchers analyze complex data. An Accenture report states that the AI healthcare market will reach $61billion, at an impressive annual growth rate of 40%. Currently, robot assisted surgeries is the biggest application of AI in the healthcare industry, followed by virtual nursing assistance and administrative assistance.
Google Deepmind Health, for example, uses AI to mine people’s health data to improve speed and efficiency of treatment. IBM’s Watson can help provide accurate treatment plans for cancer patients. Mazor Robotics is developing robots to assist in minimally invasive surgeries. Sense.ly uses an app to connect patients with their doctors, and uses AI to analyze data monitored by sensors on the patient to send it to the doctor.
The connected smart-car system is right on the horizon, and will take over our roads sooner than later. Automobile safety systems, especially self-driving capabilities, are largely powered by artificial intelligence that sits right in the car. Tesla is undoubtedly the leader in this space, and their newest (and most affordable) vehicle, the Model 3, will play a vital role in giving everyone access to smart vehicles.
There is a lot more happening in the world of artificial intelligence - including the worry that AI will take over the earth. But that’s for another post. Whatever the case, AI is here and about, and is core to many modern tasks. It is interesting to note that the response to AI has been very positive, and AI contributions have led to big progress in all industries.