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In the few brief moments we spent with the new iPhone X, we got a sense of its truly game-changing potential. Since then, we’ve taken a close look at the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and found them to be incremental, high-quality updates to last year’s models. They’re safe and sensible phones that, for now, remain overshadowed by the potential of the forthcoming iPhone X. Our initial assessment: unless you need a new iPhone before the end of 2017, we think it’s worth holding out to see how the iPhone X performs. (Not everyone agrees.)

We have yet to put the iPhone X fully through its paces, but our in-depth analysis will come as soon as we get our hands on a review unit. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know right now about the iPhone X.


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When can I preorder the iPhone X?

Apple will start accepting preorders on Oct. 27. at 3 a.m. PT. Here’s how to preorder the iPhone X.

When will I get my iPhone X?

The official release date is Nov. 3. But it sounds like the iPhone X will be in very short supply until after the new year, as Apple is reportedly making fewer than 10,000 per day. Though we expect some stores to get a limited number of them on day one, preordering may give you the best chance of getting an iPhone X in the near-term.  

How much does the iPhone X cost?

Starting at $999/£999/AU$1,579 for the 64GB model, it’s the most expensive iPhone ever. The 256GB iPhone X costs $1,149/£1,149/AU$1,829. Monthly payment plans from carriers are available, ranging from $49 to $56 for Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program which includes AppleCare+ for the 256GB model. 

What are the iPhone X’s best new features?

Apple pulled out all the stops. The iPhone X’s most compelling new features and technologies include:

  • Face ID: unlock the phone, access Apple Pay and animate “Animojis” with your face (how it works)
  • The OLED Super Retina display: the biggest screen ever on an iPhone 
  • A new chip: Apple’s A11 Bionic processor, which also powers the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • Camera upgrade: the iPhone’s most advanced set of cameras features “Portrait Lighting,” which simulates studio lighting for selfies, and “Portrait Mode” with front and back cameras
  • Longer battery life than the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7, according to Apple’s specs

Read: The state of the smartphone, iPhone X edition


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Should I buy an iPhone 8 now or wait for the iPhone X?

Hard to say, given that we haven’t had a chance to live with the iPhone X yet. But if you need a phone right now, for now your only choice is the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus — or one of the older models that Apple still sells: the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and the now even cheaper iPhone SE

What can the iPhone X do that the iPhone 8 can’t?

Apple packed the iPhone X with all kinds of new features and capabilities that won’t be accessible to iPhone 8 or 8 Plus owners. Here’s a rundown of what only the iPhone X can do:

  • Display HDR images on an edge-to-edge OLED display
  • Deliver the longest battery life that an iPhone has to offer
  • Dual optical image stabilization for both rear cameras
  • Face ID
  • Portrait Mode with the front camera (in addition to rear cameras, which iPhone 8 Plus offers)
  • Portrait Lighting 
  • Animojis!

Read: How the iPhone X stacks up with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus)  


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I’ve got an older iPhone. Should I upgrade?

It depends. Here’s the full rundown of the pros and cons of upgrading to an iPhone 8 from an iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S or iPhone SE or iPhone 5S. We’ll publish a similar list for the iPhone X after we fully put it through its paces.

The iPhone X vs. the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 

The iPhone X has Apple playing catchup to Google’s mobile ecosystem. Android phones have had slim bezels, edge-to-edge OLED displays and wireless charging for years. Though we can’t make a definitive comparison before we fully test the iPhone X, we’ve published some initial impressions of how it stacks up against the best Android phones on the market today. 

Face ID: Everything you need to know

The iPhone X is the first phone with Apple’s TrueDepth sensor, which features a front-facing camera, microphone, speaker, ambient light and proximity sensors, a new infrared camera, dot projector and flood illuminator. 

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