Apple unveiled its new iPhone X (pronounced “ten”) at its much-anticipated event today. Apple also skipped the “S” update to the iPhone 7, instead unveiling an “all-new” glass design called iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Here’s what you should know about the new iPhones.
- Costs $999. Pre-orders start Oct. 27, with shipments starting Nov. 3.
- Facial recognition to unlock the phone, using new “TrueDepth” camera system to take an IR image that uses more than 30,000 IR dots to model your face
- The same face-scanning system will also power new animated emoji, which will read your facial expressions for custom, live animations in messages, or animoji
- Wireless Qi charging through the AirPower accessory
- No home button, swipe up from the bottom instead
- Made of “surgical-grade stainless steel”
- Comes in space gray and silver with a “pearlescence” to the glass
- 5.8” diagonal “Super Retina” display, 2.7 million pixels, highest resolution in pixel density in an iPhone
- The iPhone X 12-megapixel camera includes dual optical image stabilization, “quad-LED” flash and better selfies up front — but it doesn’t sound revolutionarily different from the iPhone 8 camera system
iPhone 8 and 8+
- Costs $699 for the 8 and $799 for the 8+ and will be available Sept. 22
- Includes support for new AR — augmented reality — apps, which display graphics over the “real world”
- Both front and back made of glass
- Wireless Qi charging through the phone’s glass back
- Available in silver, space gray and a new gold finish
- Has improved, more vivid, “true tone” screen, and faster chips
- Apple says its glass is the most durable yet, and the phone is sealed for waterproofing
- Better camera quality: 12-megapixel sensor, dual camera and portrait lighting
- Highest-quality video capture in a smartphone, according to Apple