Apple has unveiled iPhone X with an “edge-to-edge” screen that has no physical home button.
Details of the high-end smartphone and other forthcoming Apple devices have been revealed via an apparent leak two days ago.
Two news sites were given access to an as-yet-unreleased version of the iOS operating system.
The iPhone X – which is referred to as “ten” – uses FaceID – a facial recognition system – to recognize its owner rather than a fingerprint-based one.
Apple said FaceID could work in the dark by using 30,000 infra-red dots to check an identity, and was harder to fool than its old TouchID system.
iPhone X – which is smaller than iPhone 8 Plus, but with a larger screen – is Apple’s most expensive phone yet.
A 64 GB capacity model will cost $999 when it goes on sale on November 3. A 256GB version will be priced at $1,149.
By contrast, Samsung is charging $930 for its new Note 8 phone, which has 64GB of storage.
Apple acknowledged that users might have concerns about using facial recognition to verify purchases via Apple Pay or to access their device.
However, the company claimed that while there was a one-in-50,000 chance that TouchID could be unlocked by a random stranger, the odds rose to one-in-one-million with FaceID.
Nevertheless, one expert said users might still be concerned the handset had no fingerprint sensor as an alternative.
Other features announced about iPhone X included:
- its 5.8in screen has 458 pixels per inch, making it Apple’s most detailed phone display to date. To mark this it has been branded “super retina”
- the lack of a home button is dealt with by requiring users to swipe up to access its apps, and to press a side button to summon its virtual assistant Siri
- portrait mode – in which the camera blurs a photo’s background – and a relighting tool can be used on pictures taken by both the front and rear cameras
- two hours more battery life than the iPhone 7.