iPhone X price, release date and best deals
The iPhone X will go on general sale on November 3, although some people will have already picked up the device by then, as pre-orders have been live since last week.
However, plenty of people will still be looking to get their hands on an iPhone X early, with many pre-order buyers expecting weeks of delaysbefore they get the coveted smartphone.
The flagship phone won’t come cheap. Apple will release two versions, a 64GB version, which will start at £999, and a more expensive 256GB version for £1,149 – ushering in the era of the £1,000 smartphone.
How can I buy the iPhone X?
The iPhone X will be available on most of the major networks on Friday. The best iPhone X pre-order offer is on Sky Mobile, where you can find the iPhone X with just 500MB of data, but it will only cost you £42 per month (although you will need to be a Sky TV customer).
Vodafone are offering the best rate on the iPhone X of the major networks, at £62 per month with £200 upfront. With EE, you can get a massive 100GB of data on the iPhone X, although it will cost a whopping £82.99 per month. Most of the offers for the iPhone X only include the 64GB model, with more limited availability of the 256GB version.
The iPhone X will be available to buy from the following retailers:
It is also available to buy directly from Apple if you’re happy to sort out a sim-only deal from a network. However, Apple Store pre-orders were showing a five to six week waiting time for deliveries on both its website and on the Apple Store app.
Apple says that a number of iPhone X models will be available in store on launch day, so if you want to queue up overnight you might be able to pick one up. In fact, queues have already started in the November cold outside of Apple’s flagship store on Regent Street.
Demand for the iPhone X is expected to be far more heated than those after the iPhone 8, so expect shops to be packed it you do dare attempt to buy the phone in Apple’s main shop.
What does the iPhone X look like?
The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen squeezed into a body smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. Apple said it has been its goal to create “an iPhone that is all display”.
Apple has dropped the iPhone’s iconic home button, which has been present on every device since the first iPhone released in 2007. It has also removed the front-facing fingerprint scanner, which has been adopted by many other leading brands.
Instead, the iPhone X has a nearly bezel-free design with the screen covering almost the entire front of the phone. To make room for the front-facing selfie camera and facial recognition, the screen has a slight notch that indents at the top.
It has a dual-lens rear facing camera and will come in the colours silver and space grey.
No home button (or Touch ID)
More of a controversial than a best feature, Apple has dropped the home button, which has been present since the original iPhone and was used to control many aspects of the iPhone, including unlocking it with the embedded fingerprint scanner.
Instead, the iPhone X uses gesture controls to unlock. Several functions of the home button, such as activating Siri, will be relocated to the lock switch. Users can control the phone through swiping up from the bottom or just by tapping the screen.
Apple’s TrueDepth camera system lets users to unlock their phone by simply looking at it. Facial recognition technology replaces Touch ID as a way to identify users through an infrared camera.
Face ID will only unlock if a users eyes are open. Apple said there is a “one in a million” chance that someone else could unlock the iPhone using the technology. Face ID will also work with Apple Pay, and other apps that work with Touch ID.
There have been some worries about Face ID, both how effective it will be following an embarrassing on-stage demo and some questions about the security. Apple has moved to try and reassure some of these concerns, saying the main reason for Face ID failed as because the phone had been handled by multiple employees backstage.
The iPhone X is the first iPhone to come with wireless charging, which is already available on the Apple Watch and rival Samsung Galaxy S8.
Apple will also release a wireless charging pad, called the AirPower, that will be able to charge multiple devices at once. It will be released next year
Edge-to-edge, super retina display
Apple’s chief designer Sir Jony Ive long made it his goal to create an iPhone that looked like a single sheet of glass. The iPhone X has realised this design, with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display that covers the entire front of the phone, save for a tiny notch at the top.
The iPhone X has been used to showcase some of the augmented reality experiences that Apple debuted with its ARKit software, released at this year’s WWDC. Augmented reality allows iPhone users to superimpose virtual images, games and videos onto real world objects and is a field where Apple has truly taken the initiative from rivals such as Google.
The X can also use 3D tracking capabilities from its selfie camera to impose masks using AR for apps such as Snapchat.
Animoji are a new form of moving emoji that can be customised using facial recognition software. Users can scan their face and the animoji will match their expression in a short animation.
The feature will only be available on the premium iPhone X, as it requires the 3D camera. Apple has created a limited selection of animoji from its hundreds of emoji, including the monkey, unicorn, robot, dog, pig, cat, dog and pile of poo.