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Apple releases details of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
If you’re a huge fan of Apple’s sleek and user-friendly iPhones, you’ll be glad to know there are three new handsets on the block: the iPhone X (pronounced ‘ten’, not ‘ex’!), the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. The smartphones boast a range of brand-spanking new features designed to push tech forward and boost the user experience, so as well as looking like brilliantly sleek devices, there’s a lot of boundary-breaking technology under their hoods too.
The main event, the phone to mark ten years of Apple’s iPhone devices is sure to make a splash when it’s released – here’s everything you need to know.
With the X, the most obvious departure from previous models comes down to looks. The rear of the phone is made of glass, and there’s only a sliver of bezel in sight at the front, thanks to the all-screen, 5.8-inch, super-retina display, giving you an OLED-quality picture wherever you look. That means, of course, that the physical home button has been thrown out the window, but there’s no need to despair - it’s been replaced by some innovative design features instead…
A technological leap forward, the phone will unlock with just a look at the phone and a quick swipe upwards, recognising your face thanks to a sophisticated forward-facing camera that can tell the real you from a photo. According to Apple, it’s more secure than Touch ID by a factor of 20, and you’ll be able to use it to pay for things, log in to third-party apps and more.
A new processor
Facial recognition requires a lot of processing power, so Apple is loading the X with the new A11 Bionic chip. With six cores, Apple has noted it’s got 30% faster graphics and a 70% faster processor compared to the A10, all while boosting the battery life by two hours compared to the iPhone 7 – a significant accomplishment!
As well as the extra hours of charge, you won’t have to mess around as much when charging thanks to the inclusion of wireless charging. Simply pop the phone on a wireless charging pad and it’ll start topping up the battery.
The new camera on the X will be dual-lens, with a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 12MP, two-times optical zoom, telephoto camera that will be able to produce amazingly detailed images. The phone will also be able to record 4K-quality video at 60 FPS.
One of the silliest features on the X is sure to delight emoji fans everywhere! Animojis use the front-facing camera to project a user’s facial expressions onto emojis, letting you send truly personalised pics of yourself to your friends and family.
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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
While the X has certainly caught the imagination of Apple aficionados, the iPhone 8 series of phones are set to be amazing as well. The iPhone 8 will come with a 4.7-inch display, while the Plus will have a 5.5-inch display – both will be released late September.
Thanks to a new, steel-reinforced casing made of what Apple has called the most durable glass ever used in a smartphone, you’ll be able to wirelessly charge your iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices just like the X, taking the fiddle out of charging your mobile.
The iPhone 8 series will feature the same A11 Bionic chip that’s in the iPhone X, giving you chance to multitask, game and perform lots of tasks to your heart’s content.
Apple’s iPhones have always had good-quality speakers, and both the 8 and 8 Plus are continuing this trend, offering users a pair of speakers that are a whole 25% louder than those installed on the iPhone 7.
With a 12MP camera and powerful chip, the iPhone 8 can easily cope with augmented reality, where images are imposed onto the screen. AR hasn’t been fully explored by app developers yet, but with an AR-ready camera, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the newest applications as they’re released.