THE IPHONE X. Apple’s 10th-anniversary smartphone went on sale across the globe on 3 November, with thousands of customers queueing to get their…
THE IPHONE X. Apple’s 10th-anniversary smartphone went on sale across the globe on 3 November, with thousands of customers queueing to get their hands on the £1,000 handset.
The iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10) is the company’s first smartphone to feature a full-screen display, as it sets its sights on the likes of the Galaxy Note 8. There’s also an all-new ‘Super Retina’ resolution, a reinforced glass design and support for wireless charging, with the iPhone X arriving with support for the Qi charging standard.
See also: iPhone 8 release date, price and specs
We’ve rounded up everything we know about the iPhone X below, and will update this article as soon as we hear more.
Release date Pre-orders for the iPhone X began on 27 October, before it started shipping on 3 November.
At the time of writing, Apple is promising to ship out orders within ‘two to four days’, so you’re guaranteed to get one in time for Chrismas.
Price Apple is selling 64GB and 256GB versions of the iPhone X for £999 and £1,149, respectively. At the time of publication, Apple is promising delivery within one to two weeks on all models of the iPhone X.
The handset is also available to buy through Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, with monthly payments starting at £56.45.
Carphone Warehouse, naturally, offering the iPhone X and is flogging the phone on tariffs with EE, iD, O2 and Vodafone. Pricing starts at £56 per month with a £199 upfront cost, a Vodafone tariff that comes with 26GB monthly data.
EE has begun taking orders for the iPhone X, with prices for the 64GB model starting at £67.99 with a £199.99 upfront cost, which gets you unlimited minutes and texts and 15GB monthly data.
O2 is selling the iPhone X, with delivery currently set at “up to three weeks.” Pricing for the Apple flagship starts at £58 per month with a £189.99 upfront cost, a tariff which comes with just 1GB monthly data
Sky Mobile is now taking iPhone X orders. The network’s Swap 24 tariff, which lets customers upgrade every two years, start at £42 per month with no upfront cost, unlimited texts and calls (for Sky customers) and 500MB data, while its Swap12 plan starts at £54 per month with a £99 upfront cost.
Tesco Mobile is offering the 64GB iPhone X on a 30 month £52.49 tariff, and the 128GB model on a £57.99 plan.
Three has opened up orders and is currently offering delivery on release day. Pricing starts at £61 per month with a £249 upfront cost, which gets you 12GB monthly data and unlimited calls and texts.
Vodafone’s pricing for the iPhone X starts at £62 per month with a £200 upfront cost, which gets you 4GB monthly data. The network is still promising, at the time of publication, that the handset will be delivered on 3 November.
Virgin Mobile appears to offer the cheapest iPhone X deals so far. Tariffs start at £37 per month with no upfront cost, which gets you 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 1.2GB data per month.
Specs – 5.8in Super Retina (2436×1125) OLED edge-to-edge display – New ‘all-glass’ design with IP67 certification – 143.6×70.9×7.7 mm, 179g – Wireless charging support – Apple A11 chip with Apple-designed GPU – Face ID – iOS 11 with improved Siri, P2P payments – Vertical 12MP dual cameras with OIS, 7MP front-facing camera – Support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps – Wireless charging/fast charging support – Battery life quoted at 21 hours of talk time – 64GB/256GB storage
Latest news 10/8/18: The iPhone X has outperformed Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9, touted as the ‘world’s most powerful smartphone, in a number of benchmarking tests.
Tom’s Guide, which pitted the iPhone X against the 6.4in flagsip using a number of benchmarking tools, reports that Apple’s” year-old flagship “considerably” outperformed Samsungs 6GB Note 9 model.
On Geekbench, the iPhone X scored of 10,357, while the Galaxy Note 9 came in at 8,876. However, the site notes that the new flagship performed “considerably better” than last year’s Note 8.
In the Slingshot Extreme benchmark test, described by Tom’s Guide as “one of the most demanding graphics test in 3DMark’s mobile arsenal’ the Galaxy Note 9 was again outperformed. The iPhone X came in with a score of 4,994 compared to the Note 9’s 4,639.
24/4/18: Five of Apple’s key manufacturing suppliers have confirmed that the iPhone X isn’t meeting expectations, Bloomberg reports, revealing that demand for the smartphone has “plummeted” since the handset made its debut last year. Hai Precision Industry Co, Pegatron Corp and three other Apple suppliers have noted a sharp slowdown in the latter part of the first quarter, and Mia Huang, an analyst at Taipei-based research firm Trendforce, estimates that shipments have fallen as much as 50 per cent.
19/2/18: Amid rumours that Apple is slashing iPhone X production for the current quarter, Nikkei Asian Review reports that the decision has left Samsung scrambling to find new OLED customers.
Nikkei, which claims that iPhone X production is expected to drop by half in the first three months of 2018 due to ‘sluggish’ sales, says that Samsung had ramped up OLED production to meet demand for Apple’s flagship iPhone. Samsung is now “saddled with excess production capacity”, according to the report, and is “increasingly selling OLED panels to outside clients.”
7/2/18: Apple has said that its flagship iPhone X, along with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, won’t be affected by its performance throttling ‘feature’ due to ‘hardware updates’ that allow for a better performance management system.
In a letter sent to Senator John Thune, who had asked Apple whether it will “release a similar software update feature to throttle back processing performance for newer phone models”, the firm said that the aforementioned hardware updates included with more-recent iPhones “allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown.”
The firm also noted that is “considering” offering rebates to those customers who paid full price for battery replacements.
29/1/18: Just days after rumours claimed that Apple could be discontinuing the iPhone X later this year, Nikkei is reporting that the firm will halve its iPhone X production target for the first quarter to around 20 million units. This decision has been fueled by slower-than-expected holiday sales in the UK, Europe and the US, according to the report.
23/1/18: Apple plans to discontinue the first-gen iPhone X later this year, according to KGI analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. He claims that the handset will be binned once the company introduces i ts three-tier 2018 iPhone lineup later this year, as offering last year’s iPhone X at a discounted price could into sales of the firm’s new devices.
Kuo said: “iPhone X would hurt product brand value & lineup of 2H18 new models if it continues to sell at a lower price after 2H18 new models launch:
“Lowering iPhone X’s price after the 2H18 new models launch would be a negative to product brand value given 3D sensing and OLED display are features of the new high-price model. Additionally, to sell iPhone X at a lower price may have a negative impact on shipments of the new 6.1in LCD iPhone in 2H18. Thus, we estimate iPhone X will reach end-of-life (EOL) around the middle of 2018.”
2/1/18: A report via Digitimes (we know, take this with a pinch of salt) claims that Apple could be planning to drop the price of the iPhone X early this year due to ‘lacklustre’ holiday demand. The report claims that iPhone X sales in Singapore, Taiwan and the US as not as strong as expected, which could force Apple to slash the price of the £1,000 smartphone ahead of the release of its next-gen model.
14/12/17: According to MixPanel data seen by Business Insider, the iPhone X is already outselling its cheaper iPhone 8 siblings. It claims that iPhone X adoption is currently at 4.76 per cent, while the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 are lagging behind at 3.59 per cent and 2.78 per cent, respectively.
6/12/17: US mag Consumer Reports – which recently stopped recommending Microsoft’s “unreliable” Surface devices – has dealt a blow to Apple after it concluded that the firm’s iPhone X isn’t as good as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 smartphones. The publication has given the Galaxy S8 an overall score of 81 out of 100, while the iPhone X has been slapped with an overall score of 80 due to its lack of durability compared to the iPhone 8 and the lack of ‘familiar’home button.
27/11/17: The improved availability of the iPhone X is due to manufacturers fixing production woes and not a lack of interest in Apple’s new smartphone, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note, he said that has said that suppliers have started producing key components much faster, allowing Apple to offer the iPhone X within a week of ordering. According to the note, Foxconn’s production is now at 450,000-550,000 units per day compared to just 50,000-150,000 a month or two ago.
17/11/17: Apple has released iOS 11.2 to fix the cold weather screen responsiveness issue plaguing iPhone X handsets. The firm said in a statement on Thursday: “We are aware of instances where the iPhone X screen will become temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid change to a cold environment. After several seconds the screen will become fully responsive again. This will be addressed in an upcoming software update.”
The update also “addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X.”
14/11/17: If you’re thinking about getting an iPhone X but aren’t too keen on the new ‘notch’, an app called Notch Remover has just received App Store approval. Despite Apple having urged devs to embrace the notch, the firm has given the thumbs up to the app, which makes the notch invisible by placing a black bar across the top of images that can then be set as your iPhone’s wallpaper.
9/11/17: The cost of materials for Apple’s iPhone X comes in at $370 (around £280), according to engineers at IHS market who were quick to take the smartphone to pieces. They claim, for example, that the iPhone X’s TrueDepth 3D sensor system costs $16.70, while the phone’s OLED screen, together with the cover glass and the Force Touch sensor, costs $110.
8/11/17: The iPhone X has the best display in the world, according to DisplayMate. The smartphone screen specialist carried out a bunch of tests, measuring metrics such as colour accuracy, brightness, reflectance and viewing angles, at the end of which the firm crowned the iPhone X’s Super Retina OLED display with its highest-ever grade (A+). trumping the mark given to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.
7/11/17: Apple’s iPhone X has quickly been branded the firm’s most breakable smartphone yet. Insurance outfit SquareTrade lined up a series of durability tests for the handset and found that after the first drop test, the iPhone X shattered and became unresponsive, while Face ID also stopped working completely. The smartphone continued to fail the firm’s subsequent drop tests, but managed to pass a water dunk test, surviving 30 minutes under five feet of water.
6/11/17: Apple has updated its iPhone X support page to warn buyers that the handset’s OLED display has the potential to suffer from “slight shifts in colour and hue” when viewing the screen off-angle, along with “image persistence”, or “burn in”.

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