The standout new features
A bezel-less OLED screen
In what is one of the biggest aesthetic updates to the company's flagship device ever, the iPhone X features a bezel-less OLED (organic light emitting diode) screen. In other words, the screen is brighter and stretches from edge to edge, ditching the signature letterbox style (and the Home button), in favor of a bigger, better display. However, the loss of the Home button doesn't limit what you can do -- instead you navigate using a series of up-swipes and taps of the side button.
Instead of a Home button to unlock your phone and confirm purchases via Touch ID, the iPhone X is packed with face-scanning tech known as Face ID. This feature harnesses the power of a brand new front-facing True Depth camera system that automatically scans your face and verifies your identity. It combines an infrared camera, flood illuminator, dot projector, and various other sensors to authenticate the unique 3D features of your face and map your facial muscles. It will also allow you to create and send Animojis, which are new 3D animated versions of popular emojis that evoke your own unique facial expressions. It's only a matter of time before third-party developers find even more creative ways to take advantage of it, too.
Even better, it's equipped with a number of security measures to ensure people can't simply unlock your phone by flashing a photo of your face in front of it. To keep you protected, Face ID only works if you're looking at it and your eyes are open. Someone can't just crack into your phone from across the room or while you're asleep.
If you've been waiting for the day when you no longer need to plug in your phone to recharge it, you're in for some good news. The iPhone X, as well as the 8 and 8 Plus, will support wireless charging. They are all Qi Wireless-charging compatible, which means you'll simply be able to place them on a designated charging platform (whether it's at your bedside, an airport, or even a cafe table with built-in Qi chargers), and they'll automatically begin to juice up.
Apple also plans to release its very own wireless charging platform, which it's calling the AirPower mat, sometime next year. It will be large enough charge your iPhone X or iPhone 8, Apple Watch (Series 3), and AirPods wirelessly, all at the same time. Until then, you can purchase any number of existing Qi wireless charging devices from third-party manufacturers like Mophie or iHome.