Pre-orders have come and gone, and the phone itself is scheduled to arrive in just a matter of days, but what exactly can you expect from Apple’s new iPhone X? With a starting price of $1,000 USD, you of course may want to do a little digging before shelling out that kind of paper.
For this, we’re aiming to help you out a bit by taking a look at some of the early reviews of the device, thus giving you a better idea as to if iPhone X is worth the purchase.
With the phone set to hit shelves November 3, see below for some takes on iPhone X.
Apple’s creepy update to the iconic poo emoji. The iPhone X (pronounced “ten,” not as in X-ray) includes this mildly naughty character as one of 12 possible “Animojis” in its iMessage app. When creating a text, you can choose one of these, recording your message with audio and video. The iPhone X picks up your facial expressions and voice and morphs them onto the Animoji, as if you were Ellen DeGeneres voice-tracking Dory.
Though seemingly frivolous—and, at least until the novelty wears off, kind of fun—these Animojis actually draw on some of the most technologically sophisticated advances of the iPhone X, the traits that make it unique: facial recognition, exotic sensors, an advanced camera, and powerful chips that drive graphics and machine learning.
It’s hard to overstate how beautiful this screen is – and that’s not hyperbole brought on by extreme fatigue. It’s deep, rich and smooth, and draws level with Samsung in the quality stakes easily.
If we were being really picky, our only real criticism of the screen would be the fact that there is a notch taken out of the top where the camera, speaker and microphone live. It’s a shame because the notch spoils full screen images, they are always going to have a chunk taken out of them. (It leaves less space for carrier branding too, but that will matter more to them than us).
iPhone X has two back cameras, of course, like the iPhone 8 and 7 Plus models. Both are 12MP shooters (f/1.8 wide angle and f/2.4 telephoto), and you get optical image stabilization on both this time around. With more light captured by the sensor, better low-light shooting thanks to the added optical stabilization on the second sensor, and improved HDR shooting, it should be Apple’s best smartphone camera to date.
Internally, there’s an update to Apple’s own SoC chip in the new iPhones, with last year’s iPhone 7 running the A10 Fusion chip. The iPhone X runs Apple’s latest processor, the A11 Bionic, touting a 70% bump in multi-core performance over last year’s iPhone 7. That’s a pretty significant upgrade.
The iPhone X is a stunning device, representing the culmination of 10 years of smartphone innovation at Apple. The display is the star of the show, covering almost the entire front of the phone, with virtually no borders around the edge, and its incredibly powerful depth-sensing selfie camera captures your facial expressions in astonishing detail. I’m reserving judgement on a few of the design choices. The glass body picks up smudges and fingerprints easily, and time will tell how durable it is.
Apple say that this phone will kickstart the next decade of the iPhone and they weren’t wrong. The screen is big and stunning, the device smaller for that edge-to edge-approach, and the underlying tech more than capable enough to make it shine. Undoubtedly this is the biggest and boldest change to the iPhone we’ve seen so far.
Now see below for an exclusive first look at iPhone X at the Apple Store in New York.
PUMA Unveils Game-Changing Fit Intelligence Technology
PUMA today announced its latest footwear technology. Dubbed Fit Intelligence (Fi), it is the successor to AutoDisc, which launched just two years prior.
According to the German sportswear giant Fi “is designed to automate, fine tune, and adjust performance fit for PUMA footwear.”
With Nike building on its auto-lacing technology with the Adapt BB and adidas forging ahead with its accelerated footwear production at its SPEEDFACTORY locations, PUMA looks to bring its own, game-changing technology to market.
The first Fi footwear to launch is a running shoe that employs a micromotor that powers a cable lacing system. Simply gesturing up or down on the forefoot Fi module tightens or loosens the lacing system. Additionally, it comes with a smart sensing capability that adapts to the shape of the foot of each wearer.
Using an app, sneakerheads can monitor, adjust, and fine tune their Fi-equipped footwear.
“We have created a product that speaks to the future of sport which is life in motion. It’s fast and changing all the time,” said Charles Johnson, PUMA’s Global Director of Innovation.
Fi is the latest step in PUMA’s continued attempt to push the boundaries of performance and lifestyle product. In 1968 PUMA debuted the first laceless sports shoe with Velcro™ straps and followed that up in 1991 with the first cable closure, seen on the PUMA Disc.
Check out images and a video of the technology in action above.
The Fi training shoe will be available for consumers in 2020.
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Apple’s Own Version of Netflix Could Launch as Soon as Spring
CEO Tim Cook has been keeping his cards close to his chest regarding Apple’s moves to boost its TV output, but according to a report on The Information, the tech giant is said to be readying content for mid-April ahead of a launch.
In an already saturated streaming market, it’s unclear how Apple intends to differentiate its offering from the services currently on offer, but we do know that it has plans for original content and has poached executives from Sony Pictures to add clout to its offer.
According to The Verge, Apple has already signed deals with Oprah Winfrey to develop new shows, ordered a Hunger Games-style show called See, a thriller series by Glass director M. Night Shyamalan, a series by First Man and La La Land director Damien Chazelle, a Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston-starring drama about a morning show, and a new space drama from Battlestar Galactica/Outlander creator Ronald D. Moore, among others.
The is no information yet about how much the streaming service will cost, and Apple is yet to reveal an official launch date. Expect updates over the coming months.
This New AR App Lets You Virtually Try on Sneakers
Online shopping from the comfort of your own home is no doubt convenient, but there’s always that lingering problem: not being able to try product on when it comes to clothing and footwear. In an attempt to remedy this, Belarus startup Wannaby presents the Wanna Kicks AR app, which allows you to virtually try sneakers on to see what they look like on-foot.
As Wanna Kicks reminds us, photos of sneakers can sometimes be deceiving, so AR helps ensure that what you see is what you get. To take advantage of Wanna Kicks’ AR technology, simply choose a pair of shoes from the 3D models in the app, then aim your smartphone camera at your feet. You can also move your feet to get a look at different angles, and even walk in the shoes.
Still not sold? You can save a picture of the sneakers on-foot and then share it on social media to see what your friends think.
“Our mission is to break online shopping barriers,” Wannaby CEO Sergey Arkhangelskiy told TechCrunch. “We believe that AR try-on can help customers to shop online and will wash away the difference between online and offline shopping. We see two major problems in the shoe market. Online conversions are quite low, and returns are quite high, in comparison to traditional ‘brick-and-mortar’ shopping. The ability to try sneakers with your phone before buying online should shift conversions, engagement and returns.”
“We’ve built Wanna Kicks for Gen Z and millennials who are interested in buying sneakers and eager to know whether they will fit their style or not,” Arkhangelskiy added. “The AR and AI community will love our launch as well — we’ve accomplished a really difficult task in computer vision and rendering.”
Wanna Kicks is currently in the beta stages for iOS. For more on the innovative AR app, follow here.
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