BY ERIC LIMER
Today's the day! At 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT), Apple will finally be announcing its redesigned, 10th anniversary iPhone. Thanks to leaks, we know to expect a premium, $1,000 smartphone with a beautiful edge-to-edge screen, and no Home button: the iPhone X. Alongside that, we'll almost assuredly be getting the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with a more traditional design, but outfitted with glass backs to facilitate wireless charging. [Tune in on Apple's website (using Safari), or refresh to read about the highlights below.]
The iPhone X
Just as we expected, the iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10) is here with a full screen and no Home button. And this "Super Retina Display" is an OLED display with a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch.
Since the Home button is gone, you can wake up the iPhone X by either picking it up or tapping on the screen. To access the Home screen, simply swipe up on the lockscreen (just like you might do on a number of Android phones). For activating Siri, you can either use the always on "Hey Siri" hotword, or press a button on the side that will trigger it as well.
As rumored, the iPhone X will use facial recognition—Face ID—as opposed to a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone X's front facing camera array now includes an IR floodlight and camera to invisibly illuminate and photograph your face even in the dark. Using a map of your face that is created by a series of hundreds of dots that map your facial topography. Apple then uses machine learning to make sure it recognizes your face.
Facial recognition has existed on other phones before—to questionable results. But fingerprint sensing was also shoddy before Apple introduced Touch ID, imitations of which were then adopted by Android phones. When it comes to the strength of this feature, Apple says the odds of another person being able to unlock your phone with their face is one in a million. Face ID will also work with Apple Pay, so it seems like Apple is pretty confident in the security of the tech.
As a bonus, this same facial recognition tech also allows you to create facially-tracked animated emojis, and the depth-sensing front-facing camera will let you take "Portrait Mode" photos from the front-facing camera.