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iPhone X pre-orders in Australia: here’s everything you need to know

With the iPhone X getting ready to hit Australian shelves, we’ve compiled all the info you need about the release.

The announcement of the new model raised plenty of eyebrows, the most obvious differences being the design of the phone itself and the fact it skipped a number to straight to the X (written as X, spoken as “10”).

We’re going to cover the what, when and how, plus some other important information. But for now, let’s start with the timing of preorders and release.

When will the iPhone X be available?

Preorders for the iPhone X will open on Friday, 27 October at 12:01 a.m. PDT via apple.com/au and the Apple Store app.

For Aussies, that means the exact time on Friday will be:

ACT, NSW, VIC, TAS: 6:01pm
SA: 5:31pm
QLD: 5:01pm
NT: 4:31pm
WA: 3:01pm

If you don’t understand time zones, don’t worry: everyone is actually getting access to it at the same time.

The actual release of the iPhone X will be on Friday, November 3 at 8:00 a.m. local time. Apple has mildly stated that customers “are encouraged to arrive early” – in other words, there will be some serious lines.

How much?

The 64GB iPhone X will have an outright price tag of $1579 in Australia, while the 256GB version will set you back $1829.

As always, it will also be offered as part of a phone plan with various telcos. While they remain tight-lipped until the green light is given by Apple, head to Telstra, Optus, Vodafone or Virgin online for an update once pre-orders are opened.

Shortly after the details of these plans are released, we’ll update you with a pricing breakdown.

Don’t count on getting one right away

Before we touch on the actual features of the iPhone X, we can’t ignore the recent reports that demand will far exceed supply.

Aside from the usual mayhem, reports suggest Apple has underdelivered on production and will face shortages in the early days of release.

If this is true, it confirms months of rumours surrounding production issues plaguing the tech giant.

But here’s the kicker: it’s alleged Apple quietly told suppliers they had permission to speed up production by reducing the accuracy of their heavily advertised facial recognition feature, which you’ll learn about below.

Will this be a compromise on security? Time will tell.

If you plan on preordering despite the shortages, do yourself a favour and set reminders, update your computer, close unnecessary tabs, turn off all other devices connected to the internet and pray you will somehow be one of the lucky ones.

CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. Apple is holding their first special event at the new Apple Park campus where they are expected to unveil a new iPhone.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What’s new in the iPhone X?

Let’s start with design. At first glance, you’ll immediately notice the device is pretty much one big screen – that’s right, no more home button.

Instead, there’s a ‘notch’ at the top which houses the front camera and other sensors, with screen space available beside it in either corner.

The main construction features rounded edges and is made from glass and stainless steel. It also boasts a 5.8-inch Super Retina display with the first OLED screen to be seen in an Apple smartphone, offering more accurate colours and deeper blacks.

We won’t get too heavy into the nitty gritty, but the A11 Bionic chip is claimed by Apple to offer powerful machine learning, immersive 3D gaming and a new era of augmented reality (AR).

As with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple says they have worked hard to ensure the glass back does not come at a cost to durability.

That may be the case, but we won’t truly know until everyone gets their hands on one. Either way, don’t drop it!

Other features include:

  • Face ID for unlocking and payment
  • The all-new iOS 11 Control Center
  • Wireless charging
  • Three-core GPU
  • New gesture controls
  • All-new Animoji
  • Splash, water and dust resistant design*

*To an IP67 rating. Apple has been sure to add that this may or may not decrease over time with normal wear.

What about the camera?

We all love taking photos, and the age of Instagram and Facebook means the camera is worth its very own section.

The rear camera has almost the same specs as the iPhone 8 Plus with 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto sensors capable of shooting at f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture respectively.

Both offer the all-new Portait mode and Portait Lighting features, which means you can take really beautiful photos of human subjects with simulated depth of field and lighting.

In terms of video, you can shoot in 4K at 24, 30 or 60 fps, 1080p HD in 30 or 60 fps and slow-motion 1080p at 120 or 240 fps. This makes for some really gorgeous footage.

Things get a little different with the front camera. While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the FaceTime HD camera, the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera adds Portait mode, Portait Lighting and Animoji for top-notch selfies.

CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces iPhone X during the Apple launch event on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino,California. Apple Inc. unveiled its new iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and the Apple Watch Series 3 at the new Apple Park campus. (Photo by Qi Heng/VCG)

Stay tuned

We’ll keep you updated once preorders go live and after iPhones hit the shelves on November 3, so keep an eye out!

In the meantime, feel free to check out our initial coverage of the launch of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, or check out Apple’s full page on the newest model.

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