We must admit: The new iPhone X boasts a lot of firsts for Apple and it represents the mobile tech giant's boldest, priciest handset ever.
We must admit: The new iPhone X boasts a lot of firsts for Apple and it represents the mobile tech giant’s boldest, priciest handset ever.
The thing is, many of these additions have been floating around on Android phones; some new, some years old. That’s not a bad thing. Device makers borrow ideas all the time, and when they do, we all get a lift. Instead of only having two choices for dual-lens cameras, for example, we now have well over a dozen.
So who cares if Apple’s playing catch-up to Android phones? iPhone X owners will benefit either way. Here’s where Apple’s following.
1. Home Button Removal
After the original iPhone introduced the iconic home button, other phone makers of the day followed suit. Since then, many Android phones moved away from a central home button, using three physical or capacitive navigation buttons instead. Some shifted to completely onscreen controls.
So while it’s a shock to see Apple so dramatically change course, there’s nothing astounding about a phone without a home button getting in the way of a fuller screen.
2. Slim bezels and edge-to-edge screen
Plucking out the home button makes it possible for the iPhone to up its screen-to-body ratio and get a glorious edge-to-edge display. In this, Apple is fully on trend. Xiaomi, Samsung and LG are some of the first phone makers to maximize the phone face and shave down unsightly bezels. (Though the iPhone X still has one. We call it the “notch.”)
4. OLED display
In the phone world, Samsung equals OLED, OLED equals Samsung. Also called AMOLED, the screen technology is prized for deep blacks, vivid colors and some energy savings compared to LCD panels. Samsung phones have used AMOLED screens for years, along with a handful of other devices. In fact, Samsung Display is one of the few manufacturers to make the material — and it’s widely believed to provide the iPhone X’s OLED display.
Apple may be new to this type of material, but already in our short time with the iPhone X, the improvement shows.
5. Wireless charging
Apple follows Samsung again. And Nokia/Lumia phones. And the LG-made Google Nexus 5. All three new iPhones will adopt the feature, and that’s great. Apple’s uptake of wireless charging will put some real momentum behind the technology, which could energize the two standards bodies to help wireless charging achieve its full potential.