The much anticipated iPhone was launched this month with a hefty price tag of $1000 but is the price good for business and the solo traveller?
Our smartphone is pretty much part of the family, it sits there living in our pockets/bags like a baby that needs to be close by it’s mother. When we drop it or the screen cracks we mourn like it’s a friend hurt or that has passed away. Over dramatic? Maybe. My point is it will always be needed.
Step up the iPhone X – launched in a live broadcast across all mediums with big features and not so big featured that make it ‘the one’ to have. While others feel that it has finally caught up with the Samsung S8 Apple appear to have gauged their baby at the business professional:
Not only does it boast a 5.8 inch retina (Super Retina to you) screen it’s toughened glass makes sure that any drop to a concrete floor won’t be like the slow motion movement it appears to be now with current smart phones. The X also features a double edged screen, water and dust resistant but nothing like the Samsung…of course. That said the Japanese giant is set to take a cut from the X due to it’s OLED technology.
The huge screen makes light work of scanning the internet, drawing or taking notes with the optional Apple Pen ($300). Downloading PDFs are made easy viewing as are videos from live conferences.
Intel – A11
Intel provide the driving force to the speed of the X, in fact it makes up 15% of the phone value itself. Good news for fast processing of documents, videos and photos. To date the A11 is the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone, with a neural engine that’s capable of up to 600 billion operations per second. With four efficiency cores in the all‑new CPU up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion the two performance cores are up to 25 percent faster, hopefully at full speed when nearing the end of space in the internal memory. This is good news for games too.
Security – FACE ID
Hold tight James Bond or fans of Mission Impossible, security on the X is tight. 3D sensors are on board to provide facial recognition, all laser technology based which made US makers Lumentum a nice hefty £150m in orders. Gone is the Home button and the tedious finger print recognition, that quite frankly, held up many queues in coffee shops around the world.
Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera and is simple to set up. It projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face, adapts over time and so secure that this is the new Apple Pay. That should make the coffee shop queue more entertaining…
The 12MP camera gives a sharper image and contrast features, great for selling products or sending customers information. Face timing and conference calling have just become even more hi-def. Both cameras at the rear have optical image stabilization and fast lenses for outstanding photos and videos even in low light, something that previous iPhones suffered with.
A wide-angle and telephoto camera on the iPhone X enable optical zoom, as well as digital zoom of up to 10x for photos and 6x for videos, on the fringe of SLR technology.
The True Depth camera can analyse over 50,000 muscle movements for that perfect selfie which works hand in hand with the Animoji feature, thus giving you the chance to be that panda you always wanted to be. Let’s hope there won’t be a movie to follow.
How many times have we heard, ‘Anyone got an iPhone charger?’. This is now a thing of the past. Introducing AirPower mat. Set your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods anywhere on the mat to charge them wirelessly. Wireless charging is now in force with the X, Apple assuring us that charging mats can be found in cafes, hotels and airports around the world. Forthcoming is a travel and car optional pad.
The latest IOS makes sure business features of the X stay bang up to date with easier sharing options and user friendly navigation. Siri stays which is good news for the solo traveller giving you at least someone to talk too. Siri can come in handy for translating and getting about in a foreign country.
Maps looks superb on the more refined screen and gives more accuracy thanks to the newest of internal processors.
iCal and emails are processed faster with better features to sync with other Apple devices.
The iPhone X is set to be Apple’s best product to date, more featured, re-fined for the next generation and offering much more for the business user and traveller. Overall it is the best companion for anyone, anytime. It will wake you up, sort your daily routine out but it won’t make the bed. Yet.