Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – The new Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are here and the reviews range from “Wow!” about snazzy new features such as the long-lived battery on the 8 Plus and “Really?” about the $1,000 price tag on the iPhone 8.
The star of Apple’s big unveil a few days ago was, of course, the heavily hyped and rumored iPhone X. It’s probably the ultimate selfie phone based on what it can do and its specs show why.
Apple is big on this phone it calls “the future of the smartphone.” And the reasons for this fulsome praise:
* A 5.8 inch edge-to-edge OLED screen on the front and a stainless steel frame.
* A Face ID feature that unlocks the phone by scanning its owner’s face. It won’t be fooled by photos.
* A Super Retina display with basically no bezels making it look a sheet of clear glass.
* Animoji and Portrait mode on the front-facing selfie camera (7 MP). Animoji are animated emoji that mimic a user’s facial expressions. It allows him to take portrait shots with blurred backgrounds (and Portrait Lighting) using the front-facing camera. It’s a feature not found on the 8 and 8 Plus (or any other iPhone for that matter).
* It’s got Snapchat filters. Apple partnered with Snapchat to develop lenses that emphasize its new depth-sensing cameras, including a glittery mask.
* A telephoto portrait lens (f/2.4) with a sharper aperture than the iPhone 8 Plus (f/2.8).
* Optical image stabilization for both rear cameras (12 MP). This allows the shooter to use the telephoto lens in darker conditions. On the other hand, only the primary camera on the iPhone 8 Plus can do this.
* There’s no physical home button to press or Touch ID. Unlocking the X phone requires looking directly at it. Gesture controls replace the home button.
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