Apple just held its first-ever keynote event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its new “spaceship” campus, where it introduced a bevy of new products. The headliner at Apple’s event was the new iPhone X. The long-rumored, 10th-anniversary-edition iPhone has an all-new design, facial recognition technology, and other new features. Apple also unveiled a new Apple TV and Apple Watch.
Here’s a rundown of everything Apple announced, in case you missed it:
Apple’s iPhone X is the company’s biggest change to its flagship smartphone in years. It includes a borderless, OLED screen, wireless charging and facial recognition cameras. CEO Tim Cook said the new phone, which will be the firm’s most expensive starting at $999, is intended to signal where its smartphones are headed in the future. Cook suggested the technology in the iPhone X was an indication of the company’s philosophy going forward: simpler, cleaner and more intuitive to use.
The iPhone X will be available in gray and silver finishes, and includes a new screen Apple calls a Super Retina display. It measures 5.8-inch diagonally and has a 2,436-by-1,135 pixel resolution. It’s also the first and only iPhone without a home button—instead, users will wake up the phone by tapping the screen. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen navigates back to the home screen and launches the app switcher.
The iPhone X is available to preorder starting October 27, and will be available to buyers on November 3.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Apple is also launching two other new iPhones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. These are essentially updated versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Both devices will include a new glass back and an enhanced screen that includes the True Tone technology found on the iPad, which adapts the color temperature to match the ambient light in whatever situation. One of the biggest changes to come to these phones is the new A11 Bionic processor, which includes two performance cores and four high efficiency cores. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will also be the first iPhones to support wireless charging.
The new iPhones’ cameras have also been optimized for augmented reality experiences. The 12-megapixel camera sensor on the new iPhones is also larger, faster and can capture 83% more light than its predecessors. As such, Apple is adding a new feature to the iPhone 8 Plus called Portrait Lighting, which uses machine learning to create a depth map of the subject’s face and adjust the lighting dynamically.
The iPhone 8 will be available in 64GB and 256GB capacities, starting at $699, while the Plus model starts at $799. Preorders start on September 15, followed by availability on September 22.