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Here they are: the three new iPhones from Apple

by JohanDid you know...15/09/2017

Here they are: the three new iPhones from Apple
In a keynote speech full of symbolism, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled three new iPhones Tuesday evening. The absolute showpiece is the iPhone X, the name of which refers to the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. As expected, the company also launched the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as well as a revamped Apple Watch.

Apple’s annual smartphone celebration took place for the first time in the Steve Jobs Theater, a glassed-in atrium on the campus of the brand-new headquarters – ‘the spaceship’ – in Cupertino, California. Here we give just an overview of the details of the new iPhones, which were already released by a leak of unprecedented scale several days before the announcement.

iPhone X
Screen

The iPhone X has a big 5.8-inch OLED screen that occupies virtually the entire front side – a design statement that has already been made previously by the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. Unique to the iPhone X is the ‘indentation’ above the Super Retina screen for, among other things, the speaker, front cameras (there are two) and several sensors. Because of this the display extends a little further than in the competitors. The OLED technology not only ensures nicer colors and better contrast, but consumes less energy.

Face ID

Because the enormous, almost borderless screen leaves no room for the standard Touch ID button with fingerprint scanner, the iPhone X has an advanced form of facial recognition. The gadget goes by the name of Face ID, and makes use of an infrared camera that scans the contours of your face in 3D.

You use Face ID to unlock the telephone, but also to make purchases in the App Store or in combination with Apple Pay. It is not yet clear, however, when this payment service is coming to Belgium. Aside from being easier to use, facial recognition is also safer, according to Apple: with Touch ID the chance that someone else can unlock your phone is 1 in 50,000; with Face ID, only 1 in 1 million.

Dual Camera

Like more and more top smartphones, the iPhone X has a dual camera. The biggest difference with the optics of the iPhone 7 Plus (and the new 8 Plus) is that both lenses have optical image stabilization, which provides sharper shots in less favorable lighting conditions. Both the wide-angle and telephoto-lens camera offer 12-megapixel image quality and also, of course, film in 4K quality. We also note the revamped Portrait Mode with five studio lighting effects that is available on the 7-megapixel selfie camera.

Processor and memory

Other specifications of the anniversary phone are the lightning-fast new A11 Bionic processor with six cores, the 3 GB RAM and the option of charging the phone wirelessly.

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

In the new iPhone 8 series the changes are somewhat less sweeping. Except for the glass back, just as on the iPhone X, the design has hardly been touched. These phones also got the faster A11 Bionic processor, but still use a ‘traditional’ LCD screen of 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively.

Just like its predecessor, the iPhone 8 has one 12-megapixel camera; the Plus version once again got two. Thanks to the larger sensor and a new color filter, the photo quality has again become somewhat better, and Apple claims that the iPhone 8 is simply the best smartphone for filming in ultrahigh definition (4K). We also note the improved stereo speakers and – again – the option of charging the phone wirelessly.

Augmented Reality

Along with the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus, iOS 11 was also launched in the Steve Jobs Theater. The latest version of the mobile operating system brings quite a few new possibilities to the iPhone and iPad, but the biggest eyecatcher is the integrated augmented reality. Nothing new in itself, but Apple is taking a very ambitious approach. The company is making a special ARKit available to app developers, and moreover can boast a gigantic target group: every Apple device with an A9 (or more recent) chip and iOS 11 onboard can soon run AR apps, which amounts to 200 to 300 million devices… although the experience is undoubtedly somewhat more spectacular on the newest devices than on an iPhone 6s. Be that as it may, Apple has no doubt that augmented reality is going to break through this time.

Apple Watch with eSIM (but not here)

The technology giant also announced the Apple Watch Series 3 on Tuesday, but the most interesting model (with an eSIM for phone and internet use without an iPhone) is not coming to Belgium for the time being. The version without eSIM is in particular 70 percent more powerful and also consumes less energy. 

Looking for the newest iPhone 8, 8 Plus? Discover the iPhone 8 range.

For the iPhone X the wait is a little longer. You can pre-order it as of 27/10, and it will be available as of 3/11.

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