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The iPhone X is coming on 3 November - here's what you need to know

It looks like pre-orders will be available from 27 October.

Last week, Apple finally unveiled the much-anticipated iPhone X. So, what can you expect from the new model, and when can you get your hands on it?

The iPhone X is all about the screen

Apple has said that its vision “has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen”.

And so, the iPhone X has a 5.8-inch “super retina” screen, which goes right to the device’s rounded corners.

As was widely anticipated before the official announcement, the iPhone X will also be the first iPhone to have an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen.

There’s just a small area that houses the cameras and the sensors for facial recognition - otherwise, the device is all screen.

The home button/fingerprint scanner is gone

A mainstay on all iPhones to date has been the home button, which also acts as the fingerprint scanner.

So, any iPhone addicts out there will have a lot to get used to with the iPhone X - the home button is gone, and instead of fingerprint recognition, the phone uses Face ID.

This seems to be relatively straightforward to set up - the camera analyses more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face, and then infrared imaging is used to confirm a match.

Critics have questioned the security of this feature, but Apple has been quick to confirm that none of the imaging will be linked to the cloud, and will just be stored on the device itself - where it is encrypted and protected.

With Face ID, the iPhone X only unlocks when you’re looking towards it with your eyes open. It’s also designed to recognise changes in your appearance, for example if you grow a beard.

And, although it might take a while to get used to the phone without the home button, Apple has said that a single swipe will perform the same function.

Other features of the iPhone X

There are many stand-out features of the new iPhone. Some of the other highlights include:

  • Durable glass on the front and back of the phone;
  • A ‘flood illuminator’, which helps identify your face, even in the dark;
  • New lighting effects that help produce great photos;
  • Wireless charging, with charging stations and mats; and
  • A battery that lasts up to two hours longer between charges than iPhone 7

The wide-angle and telephoto cameras also enable optical zoom, as well as digital zoom of up to 10x for photos and 6x for videos.

iPhone animoji feature in action on a laptop screen

And the camera also has the ability to analyse your muscle movements and allow you to mirror your expressions in 12 different ‘Animoji’, which is a fun new feature.

You can find out more on the Irish Apple website.

How much is the iPhone X and when can I order it?

The iPhone X will be available from 3 November, with pre-orders starting on 27 October.

And it isn’t going to come cheaply - the 64GB model is priced at €1,179, while the 256GB model comes in at €1,349.

If you opt to buy the phone outright, you’ll need to choose a SIM-only mobile phone deal that suits your mobile phone usage.

It’s likely mobile phone networks will formulate plans which allow you to pay less for the phone upfront, followed by a higher monthly cost to cover the cost of the phone.

There aren’t any details available on these plans or pricing yet, but we should find out more in the coming weeks, so watch this space.

And, if you can’t wait that long, you could check out Virgin Mobile’s deals on the iPhone 8, which is available from 22 September.