The highly anticipated iPhone X has been labelled a ‘game-changing’ device after a massive information leak earlier this year.  Commemorating the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, Apple announced iPhone X pre-orders will be available from October 27th, and shipping to begin on November 3rd.

The iPhone X is set to be the most expensive model we’ve seen from Apple to date. With less than a month to go until it arrives, we’ve compiled everything we know about the device to help you decide whether it’s worth the hype.

iPhone 8 vs iPhone X

So, you’re in the market for a new phone. Do you wait for the new iPhone X, or opt for the cheaper iPhone 8? Delivering a longer battery life than its counterpart, the iPhone X offers 21 hours of talk time on wireless, compared to the iPhone 8, which only offers 14 hours.

With a super retina display, the iPhone X features a 5.8 inch display size, with a 458 pixel density. Comparatively, the iPhone 8 offers a 4.7 inch display size, with a 326 pixel density. Below we’ve compiled the top 5 other features and capabilities that won’t be accessible to iPhone 8 owners.

Top 5 Features

1. Camera Upgrade

Many of the iPhone X’s new features are made possible by Apple’s new TrueDepth camera system. This system contains an infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity scanner, ambient light sensor, speaker, microphone, 7-megapixel camera, and dot projector. You can also take your selfie game to the next level, with this iPhone the only one able to take front-facing portrait mode images.

2. Facial recognition

Up to 20 times more secure than touch ID, the iPhone X uses advanced facial recognition technology to unlock the phone. A range of sensors read the user’s face in three dimensions, resulting in a mathematical model of your face, and uses it as a password.

After this Face ID was leaked to the public, some concerns have been raised over surveillance and user privacy. Apple has eased these concerns, announcing its facial-recognition data is stored in a secure and separate area of the device. This means data is not transferred to the cloud, therefore will not increase your risk of security issues.

3. Animoji

Introducing Animoji, the animated emoji that accurately mimics your facial expressions. Although an iPhone X is not required to view an animoji, only the iPhone X can create them (thanks to the TrueDepth camera!). With 12 characters to choose from, such as a panda, robot and alien, you can expect these to appear in your iMessage chats soon.

4. Multi-function Side Button

Making way for the iPhone X’s super retina display is the removal of the home button. Taking it’s place is the new multi-functional and customizable side button. This button will have three default functions – Siri, Wallet/Apple Pay and Emergency SOS. A virtual home button is still available, with users swiping up from the bottom of their screen to access it.

5. Bionic Chip

The iPhone X boasts the new A11 Bionic chip, the most powerful and smartest chip ever available in a smartphone. Offering industry leading performance and energy efficiency, this chip allows the iPhone X to last two hours longer than the iPhone 7, while delivering up to 30 per cent faster graphic performance than its predecessors.

The Final Verdict

The iPhone X will be available in two models, with optional monthly payment plans. Prices for the 64GB model will start at AU $1,579, while the 256GB model will cost upwards of AU $1,829. Here at Synapse IT Consultants, we think if you’re looking for an upgrade, the iPhone X is worth the price tag. Loaded with new features, the phone will be the first fundamental change of iPhone design since it’s original 2007 launch.

Smartphone use is set to be revolutionised with the latest iPhone X on it’s way. If you decide to take the plunge, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed!

Hayden McMaster