12 September 2017

New iPhones from Apple.

Apple has unveiled a new generation of iPhones, including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and a special edition iPhone X to mark 10 years since the Apple smartphone was first introduced.  The iPhone 8 will be in shops from 22 September in selected countries and the iPhone X from 3 November.


Main feature of the iPhone 8 is wireless charging, based on the Qi standard.  Similar in appearance to the iPhone 7, the new smartphone comes with a new durable glass back in a choice of black, silver or gold, the faster A11 processor and Apples first own GPU, after it ended its relationship with Imagination Technologies.  The new chips are expected to support a growing range of AR and 3D games and apps for iOS, based on the Arkit development platform launched by Apple earlier this year.


The new iPhone has an HD display of 4.7 inches on the standard model and 5.5 inches for the Plus.  In addition, the True Tone feature to adapt the screen to local lighting, first introduced on the iPad, comes to the new iPhones.


The 12-megapixel camera also gets an update, with the same as the previous generation of iPhones, the Plus version coming with dual back cameras.  Apple designed the image signal sensor itself, with an eye on supporting AR apps and games.


The iPhone 8 will start at 64GB for USD 699, and the 8 Plus will cost from USD 799. Both run the new iOS 11, which will be released for all iPhone users from 19 September.  The phones will roll out gradually around the world, reaching a second wave of countries from 29 September.


Premium iPhone


As rumoured, the new iPhone X, pronounced iPhone 10, will top the price list, starting at USD 999 for 64 GB and also a 256 GB model available.  Apple saved its newest features for this model, which will go on pre-order 27 October in 55 countries and launch in shops from 3 November.


Featuring an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina display, the new phone eliminates the home button on the front of the iPhone.  Users need to tap the screen to activate it and swipe up to return to the home screen.  The side button is dedicated to Siri, while the TouchID to unlock the phone is replaced with the new feature Face ID.  The facial recognition is made possible by machine learning and neural networking in the new A11 Bionic processor and a dot projector and 7-megapixel infrared front camera to map the face of the user.


The iPhone X also comes with wireless charging and a few upgrades on the iPhone 8 Plus, such as an enhanced telephoto lens on the dual back cameras and dual OIS and quad LED flash for the front camera.  The TrueDepth front camera can also create animated emoji based on the expression of the user, along with the iMessage app pre-installed on the iPhone X.

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