Apple Introduced the iPhone X With Face ID Five Years Ago Today

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Apple introducing the iPhone X during its first-ever media event at Steve Jobs Theater.

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iPhone X introduced an all-new design that replaced Touch ID and the Home button with Face ID and swipe-based navigation. It was the first iPhone with an OLED display, a notch, dramatically thinner bezels around the display, a polished stainless steel frame, and animated emoji known as Animoji. Alongside the iPhone 8, the iPhone X also ushered in wireless charging support and the Neural Engine for machine learning.

"For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display," said Apple's former design chief Jony Ive, in a September 2017 press release. "The iPhone X is the realization of that vision."

"iPhone X is the future of the smartphone," added Apple's former marketing chief Phil Schiller.

Apple CEO Tim Cook teased the introduction of the iPhone X as "one more thing" before Schiller took the stage to discuss the device's new features.


As the first event at Steve Jobs Theater, Apple began its presentation with a touching tribute to Steve Jobs, who passed away in 2011.


Apple said the iPhone X represented "the beginning of the next ten years for iPhone." While the notch has been replaced with a new pill-shaped Dynamic Island cutout on the iPhone 14 Pro models, the overall design of the iPhone X and Face ID live on.

Top Rated Comments

HeavenDynamic Avatar
21 months ago
The best iPhone design ever and no doubt the one I was the most hyped for.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
21 months ago
Game changer. Face ID was a pivotal technology and set a high bar for form and function.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrSegundus Avatar
21 months ago
I miss the rounded edges of the iPhone X. Sigh.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Andy-V Avatar
21 months ago
Looking forward to a return of the rounded edges at some point in the next couple of years. Felt better in the hand.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
phill85 Avatar
21 months ago
Ahead of its time... one of my favorite iPhones ever! Still remember just having received it, and then taking my first trip to Europe and photographing everything possible with it. Still some of my favorite photos in my camera roll!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
psxp Avatar
21 months ago
Was this the last time we had a " ...one more thing" ?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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