Tech: How iPhone X Could Change Smartphones

The response to Apple’s iPhone X has been somewhat varied. On the one hand, many view it as an incredibly expensive toy, little better than the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8-Plus when it comes to specs and not worth its hefty $1,000 price tag. On the other, some see it breaking ground in a few exciting areas, embrace its standing as arguably the most impressive smartphone on the market, and find that it’s ultimately worth its cost.

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It seems that overall the positives are outweighing the negatives for a lot of consumers. Sales appear to be going well, with six million iPhone X units sold over Black Friday weekend (the weekend following America’s Thanksgiving holiday). Some reports have indicated that Apple is actually having trouble keeping up with demand. To some extent this is explainable simply in that it’s Apple. The company remains incredibly popular, and there are millions of “fans” around the world who will trust its latest technology and gadgets no matter what. Some of the sales, however, also come down to those few special features the iPhone X does have, which make it a markedly different device than its predecessors. It’s these features that could set a new bar for mobile phones in general, and in fact change the industry.

These are a few of the specific ways in which the iPhone X may change things moving forward.

Security May Become Passive

If the price of the iPhone X has been the subject of debate and disagreement, it’s nothing compared to the merits of the Face ID system that is perhaps the phone’s defining feature. Having done away with a physical home button, and therefore the Touch ID feature by which Apple users have grown used to unlocking their phones, Apple changed the game in security. Instead, the iPhone X is capable of recognizing a user’s face with its front-facing camera, and unlocking the phone accordingly. Some have praised this system as being super quick and working in the dark, and it’s true that it seems to be quite capable. Others, however, have suggested that it isn’t particularly secure, and that hackers with facial masks can beat it easily. This debate won’t die down anytime soon – but the bottom line is that Face ID is being used, and the home button probably isn’t coming

back. Other companies will probably imitate this feature, so for better or worse Apple has changed the concept of unlocking security, making it passive and automatic.

New Games Could Be Extraordinary

There are developments happening in mobile gaming that demand the best possible visuals. In the most basic way, developers are putting together better games with better graphics. Additionally, some popular browser games are migrating to mobile in search of better visuals. The HTML5 design language has allowed for this transition in the case of many arcade games, and casino games too are making the move; there is a new breed of 3D games in the slot category that are yearning for exposure. Then of course there are also augmented reality games emerging almost more quickly than consumers can keep track of. All of these games can look wonderful on any modern smartphone – but the iPhone X has the most sophisticated screen, and one of the largest for anything but a “phablet.” The phone itself, by making the most of these newly developed games, could encourage mobile developers to keep pushing limits.

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Gestures Could Fuse With Messages

Face ID may be the defining feature of the iPhone X, but one of the gimmicks that’s come about because of it might be the most fun. Because Face ID can recognize facial features and expressions, the iPhone X has introduced us to “Animojis,” which are ordinary iPhone emojis that are animated, and can record messages on behalf of users. People have used them to perform karaoke for popular songs, to send messages to friends, and simply to test the capabilities of the Face ID system. Right now it’s just a fun little activity that comes with the iPhone X – but looking to the future, we could look at Animojis as having introduced gestures to basic mobile messaging, which is actually a fairly big deal.

Designs May Vary More

Apple’s iPhone X may not have the boldest redesign we’ve ever seen in a tech gadget – but it does represent something very different for the iPhone. That’s significant, because for a few years we’d seen mobile phones in something of a design rut. Apple and Samsung devices imitate each other closely, and Google’s line of Pixel fans are more or less iPhone clones from a design perspective. It could well be that the new look of the iPhone X opens the door to more creative designs in the coming years. For that matter, Apple has supposedly already filed a patent for a flip phone – which would be a very dramatic redesign indeed in the smartphone era.

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