Apple’s iPhone X is packed with innovative technologies that are already announcing iPhone developments for the next decade. Admittedly, the latter model is expensive, but it is the best mobile available today on the market.
Ten years ago, the release of the first iPhone opened the way to mobile computing before pushing the BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) into work environments. Indeed, shortly after his arrival, the iPhone has invested the offices, forcing companies to quickly find a solution to manage them. Not only was the sleek mobile – less simple than it sounds – the first to offer a touch screen, radically changing the way people interact with technology, but it also jostled the operators’ habits and it has become a benchmark for Apple’s competitors. At the same time, the manufacturer gave birth to the iPad, a tablet that was a huge success.
Last September, the iPhone was reborn under the name of IPhone X (10 for 10th anniversary). For Apple CEO Tim Cook, this denomination projects the iPhone and its developments in the next decade. If the terminal, available since November 3, marks a return to a simpler form, it nevertheless concentrates advanced technologies. As such, it is the best mobile that can currently be found on the market. It is also the most suitable for the company. Admittedly, with a starting price of 1159 € (64 GB flash only), the access ticket is high and companies that usually provide iPhone to some of their employees may think twice.
The importance of iOS 11
A mobile device is never isolated from what surrounds it. In this report, the hardware base counts for one half and the software for the other. So the most important thing to remember about the iPhone X (and iPhone 8 and 8+) is that they run iOS 11, the mobile OS currently the most secure on the market. Smartphones carry all kinds of data, starting with the data and sensitive communications of the company, but also financial information, customer contact information. They access servers and storage in the cloud, keep track of Web browsing history, photos, videos, enterprise tools and more. It is therefore important that all these data remain private and secure. iOS 11 allows this protection as standard. As we can see, Apple has made privacy and data security a priority. Device encryption, end-to-end secure messaging, FaceTime encryption, and Sync iCloud sync encryption, all of which Apple gives a lot of details to, are included in iOS 11.
With BYOD, IT administrators now have multiple suite of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) tools that enable them to further lock iPhone. Already, they are sure that the applications available on the Apple App Store have been validated for their quality and are free of vulnerabilities compromising security. These kinds of measures have helped create a very rich ecosystem of devices and services for just about any work environment, workflow or individual need. iOS 11 and the security, privacy, and accessibility features mentioned above go a long way toward making the iPhone X the best mobile for the business. The amount of technology that Apple has managed to integrate into its latest mobile also makes it the best smartphone currently available on the market.
What’s new in iPhone X
In terms of size, the iPhone X, which weighs 174 grams, is between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8+. Its form factor, a true fusion of the box and the screen that can not be found anywhere else, incorporates a lot of new technologies. First difference: the iPhone X emerges from the iconic Home button, replacing it with several new gestures very intuitive and quickly natural: a simple scan can return to the Home screen, or a scan to the top with a pause time allows you to navigate between applications for multitasking.
For its Oled display, Apple has used new technologies of folding and stacking circuits, so that the panel matches the curves of the device to its smallest recesses. An anti-aliasing process at the sub-pixel level allows each pixel to be adjusted and smooth edges without distortion. The whole is framed by a stainless steel band. On the Silver model, the strapping is in shiny stainless steel. On the Sidral Gray model, the steel band is dark and matches the color of the rear shell. Depending on the model, the back panel is either a very simple silver white or dark gray. The panels are covered with a sheet of glass that some users find slippery. Apart from the Apple logo and the name of the iPhone, the only thing visible at the back is the protruding camera housing with its dual lens, a wide-angle and a telephoto lens, plus the True Tone flash.
Like the previous version, the iPhone has kept the Ringer / Silent switch and the +/- volume knob on the left side, the Sleep / Wake button on the right side (a little longer on the iPhone X). Removing the Home button means that the Sleep / Wake button inherits new functions. As before, a tap on this button turns the screen on or off, but holding down the button turns Siri on. A double tap brings up the Apple Pay authentication screen. In addition, holding down this button at the same time as one of the volume buttons (this is like tightening the iPhone X between two fingers) brings up three options on the screen: the Shut Down function and its slider, Medical Sheet, or SOS Emergency Call. The button also disables the Face ID Face ID, and requires the user to enter the password to access the mobile before restarting the Face ID. Apple has replaced the Home button and the Touch ID fingerprint feature with face ID face recognition. The system relies on some of the most advanced technologies on the market and should be used as an authentication solution for all future Apple products. (Some rumors already report the arrival of Face ID in the iPad that will come out next year.)
Using Face ID
In appearance, Face ID face recognition system looks simple. Everything rests on the True Depth camera hidden in the notch – it intrigued many people – at the top of the screen. To authenticate, there is nothing to do but look at the screen. The action is almost instantaneous and everything is done in one go. The system is more passive than Touch ID fingerprint recognition, still present on the iPhone 8 and 8+. According to Apple, it is impossible to deceive Face ID Face Recognition with photos or masks. According to the manufacturer, the system failure rate is 1 in 1 million, which is 20 times better than Touch ID. The configuration, which is done during the first startup of the mobile, is quick and easy, simpler even than the configuration of the fingerprint recognition with Touch ID.
However, even if Face ID is theoretically safer than Touch ID, people with friends and family whose physical appearance is close enough – but also manufacturers of masks equipped with a scanner or a 3D printer – have managed to trick the system. According to our colleague Computerworld, since he took possession of his iPhone X, there are about two weeks, nobody was able to unlock his phone. But he acknowledges that the results may vary. (Warning: the system allows 5 failures in facial recognition, then you have to enter its secret code to unlock the mobile.To take into account for testing Face ID with his friends). IT departments need to pay close attention to potential hijacking of Face ID, since the system is used not only to unlock the mobile, but also to authenticate payments, transactions, purchases and even access passwords. And if the system is vulnerable to exploits, companies can (and should) set a strategy to disable the feature and use strong passwords. (In any case, a strong password strategy should be part of the security choices of any business).
Touch ID had encouraged the creation of strong passwords, because it was not necessary to type this password each time since it is enough to put the finger on the Home button. In fact, to secure their mobile Touch ID a little more, some users, like our colleague, used passwords and locks wherever possible.
Face ID requires even less effort than Touch ID, and the mobile is even more secure. For example, our colleague was able to block features like Siri, home control systems and the control center, which are inaccessible when the iPhone X is locked. (Customization of Face ID and Access Code is done in the Settings app). Our colleague has simply disabled access to all functions when his phone is locked. Now, no one else can use Siri to make calls from the lock screen, or view his notifications, or even call the Control Center. But he can, because Face ID authenticates it in the blink of an eye when he looks at the phone. This means that he – and only he – can access these functions from the lock screen. IT administrators need to consider these changes before their iPhone X deployments. Face ID is a revelation. It’s a real technological leap. And its convenience is obvious. Apple thinks its system is totally secure. It is to be hoped that its reliability will be confirmed.