iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus Revealed

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iPhone X

The iPhone X has good cameras. Both 12MP like on the 8 Plus, but a faster telephoto lens, which also gains optical image stabilisation.

The flash is also improved, but some things you can never really fix, and one of those is a camera flash placed right next to the lens. Just find better lighting, people.

The front-facing camera now supports a bunch of the twin-camera features, like portrait mode, that were previously only possible on the 7 plus, and it’s going to mean you can shoot some really attractive selfies.

It looks like we knew it would look like: a huge screen taking up the whole front with a, er, 5.8 inch OLED “super retina display”; a glass back; a dual camera; and a small bump cutting in to the top of the screen.

With no home button, the display is enabled simply by tapping on the screen, you get back to the home screen by swiping up from the bottom, and you get to multi-tasking by swiping up and pausing. The side-button is now dedicated to Siri.

What about TouchID? It’s been replaced with “Face ID”. It’s “the future of how we unlock our smartphones”, Schiller says – and it’s based on the front cameras, which are more than just a camera. Seven separate sensors are packed into that little band at the top, and it’s how the company hopes to overcome flaws with previous face unlock systems. It also works at night.

MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL: The iPhone X has a quoted two hours extra battery life than the iPhone 7.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus

It looks a lot like the iPhone 7, but it’s now all-glass, and it comes in three colours (silver, grey and rose gold).

There are some new features in this phone, including the True Tone tech carried over from the iPad (it adjusts for the temperature of the light), louder stereo speakers and a new “A11 bionic” chip, but you can tell we’re all rushing through to get to the good stuff.

Still, we should make the most of it while we’re here. Apple’s also showing off its first ever fully in-house GPU (after it broke with Britain’s Imagination Technologies), and a new image signal processor – the brains behind the camera – with noise reduction and faster low-light autofocus.

Wireless Charging

A small update on wireless charging: it’s also supported by the Apple Watch series 3 and the new Airpods. And if you have an Apple-designed power mat, you can charge them all at the same time. Apple’s calling it AirPower, and it looks like it might become a future standard – but for now it’s unique to Apple. Not out until next year, though.

Pricing and Availability

  • The Apple Watch Series 3 ships on 22 September. $329/£329 without cellular connection, and $£399 with.
  • The Apple TV 4k ships on 22 September, at $£179.
  • The iPhone 8 starts at $£699 for 64GB and the iPhone 8 plus $£799, shipping on 22 September.
  • And the iPhone X (that’s “iPhone Ten btw) starts at $£999 (64 GB), and will be available for pre-order from 27 October, shipping on 3 November.
  • The iPhone SE also has a price cut to $349, iPhone 6S to $449, and iPhone 7 to $549.
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Azman Anju Khan Chowdhury was born and brought up in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He studied in Mastermind School from Play Group to Grade 9. He completed his O-Levels from St. Peter’s School of London. He is currently studying Edexcel A-Levels (Advanced Level) in St. Peter’s School of London. Azman founded Durnibar Foundation in 2012, a youth-based non-profit organization, and since it was founded he is leading it as the General Secretary. Azman achieved Black Belt Second Dan in Taekwondo in 2014 and is currently working as an instructor under Bangladesh Taekwondo Federation (BTF). He has international prizes in Taekwondo competitions, the best being a Gold Medal in The World Taekwondo Hanmadang 2014, which was held in Pohang, Korea in August 2014. Azman works as the Public Relations (PR) and Marketing Executive at Fajr – Lifestyle Magazine since March 2016 where he builds up good relationships with customers, sponsors and helps to increase sales. He leads a team of PR officers there. Azman considers writing not as part of the category of “free time,” but rather subsumed into the larger category of “more important than homework.” This conclusion often results in midnight epiphanies and writing-hungover days, but he wouldn’t trade it for anything. He writes for SHOUT, a magazine of The Daily Star newspaper in Dhaka, and serves as the features editor of the student-run magazine at his school. Azman enjoys reading most things, even the backs of cereal boxes, and drawing on most things, such as napkins or important forms. He loves to run, bike, write, read, photograph, travel, and explore, always armed with curiosity and too many semicolons. Azman has considerable leadership, management, programming experience gained over the past decade.

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