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Apple’s iPhone X proves it: Silicon Valley is getting emotional

Apple’s shiny new iPhone X smartphone became available for pre-order on Friday

Packed with both bells and whistles and dominating the field in both speeds and feeds, Apple’s hotly anticipated iPhone X will be considered by some to be the world’s greatest phone.

The technology in the iPhone X includes some unusual electronics. The front-facing camera is part of a complex bundle of hardware components unprecedented in a smartphone. (Apple calls the bundle its TrueDepth camera.)

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The top-front imaging bundle on the iPhone X has some weird electronics, including an infrared projector (far right) and an infrared camera (far left).

The iPhone X has a built-in, front-facing projector. It projects 30,000 dots of light in the invisible infrared spectrum. The component has a second camera, too, which takes pictures of the infrared dots to see where they land in 3D space. (This is basically how Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox works. Apple bought one company behind Kinect tech years ago. Microsoft discontinued Kinect this week.)

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