It looks like we knew it would look like: a huge screen taking up the whole front with a, er, 5.8 inch OLED “super retina display”; a glass back; a dual camera; and a small bump cutting in to the top of the screen.
With no home button, the display is enabled simply by tapping on the screen, you get back to the home screen by swiping up from the bottom, and you get to multi-tasking by swiping up and pausing. The side-button is now dedicated to Siri.
What about TouchID? It’s been replaced with “Face ID”. It’s “the future of how we unlock our smartphones”, Schiller says – and it’s based on the front cameras, which are more than just a camera. Seven separate sensors are packed into that little band at the top, and it’s how the company hopes to overcome flaws with previous face unlock systems. It also works at night.
Apple’s iPhone X is on its way. It’s probably the worst time in the world to buy a new one – but the best time to start thinking about it.
This year, Apple appeared to have kept a lid on leaks in line with a commitment to shut down leaks more effectively. But then just weeks and days before the announcement, someone within the company accidentally split almost everything about the phone – twice.
Schiller also reveals what the “bionic” label is on the A11: it’s the neural engine, a subset of the chip dedicated to neural network processing, and that’s how Face ID works. The company even trained its system on professionally made masks, to make sure that it only works on real faces.
More importantly, Schiller says it “requires user attention”, such as looking at the camera, to unlock – so hopefully a pickpocket won’t be able to wave your phone in front of your face then dash off.
“The chance that a random person in the population could unlock your iPhone X and unlock it with their face is one in a million”, Schiller says, comparing it to one in 50,000 for TouchID. But unlike TouchID, it can get confused more easily if someone looks similar to you. If you have an evil twin, “set a passcode”, he says. It works with everything else TouchID does, including Apple Pay.
The neural engine has one other use: terrifying animated emoji. I never want to receive one. Wow. I’m shaken.
Craig Federighi comes onstage to demo the phone.