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Apple Unveils the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X

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Following the presentation of the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K, Apple’s Chief Marketing Officer Phil Schiller unveiled the company’s latest iPhones, in front of a full house in the company’s new Steve Jobs Theater, in Cupertino, CA. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the direct successors to the current-gen lineup of the 7 and 7 Plus, but come with a host of enhancements.

The iPhone 8’s 12MP rear-facing camera has a larger, faster sensor, a new color filter, optical image stabilization, and deeper pixels, with an in-house image signal processor providing wider color capture, better HDR photos, and faster autofocus in low light. Those low-light photos are enhanced with a quad-LED flash with Slow Sync, for better lighting uniformity. On the 8 Plus, you’ll find two 12MP cameras, one f/1.8 and one f/2.8. Portrait Mode has been improved with Portrait Lighting, which improves lighting in real time with user-selectable adjustments. Slow-motion video capture has seen a bump, too, with 60 fps available at 4K resolutions and 240fps at 1080p.

Those cameras come into play with new augmented-reality capabilities. Schiller invited a developer to play an AR game live on stage and showed a few other apps, including the MLB At Bat app, which overlays individual stats on players as you watch the game through your iPhone.

The 8 and 8 Plus are powered by the new A11 Bionic chip, made up of two performance cores and four efficiency cores for 25% faster peak performance and 70% faster standard performance than its predecessor, the A10 Fusion. The new performance controller can utilize all six cores at once for increased power with a minimal hit to battery life and has an Apple-designed GPU, estimated to be 30% faster than the previous generation. It’s all water- and dust-resistant and clothed in aluminum around the edges. Glass backing enables Qi wireless charging for the first time on an iPhone, and stereo speakers provide a long-awaited sound enhancement. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will ship in silver, Space Gray, and gold.

CEO Tim Cook then returned to the stage to announce One More Thing, and invited Schiller back to introduce the iPhone X, the newest evolution of the iPhone’s form factor. It’s basically all screen, reaching from the very bottom of the device to the very top, even up and to the sides of the front-facing camera assembly. The elimination of nearly the entire bezel, along with the home button, results in a 2436 x 1125 5.8" screen in a body that’s smaller than the 5.5" iPhone 8 Plus. That screen, dubbed the Super Retina Display, is the first-ever OLED display to ship on an iPhone and supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

The home button is replaced with gestures, including swiping up from the bottom of the screen to go home, swiping up and holding to open the app tray, and swiping to the left to go to the previous app. More impressively, Touch ID is replaced with Face ID, which uses a suite of sensors, called TrueDepth, along the top of the device to map your face and unlock the phone when you look at it. It’s been tested against photos and ultra-realistic masks, and adapts to changes like beards, hats, and glasses. It even works on apps and with Apple Pay, thanks to a secure enclave on-device processing.

Around back, the dual 12MP cameras have larger and faster sensors than on the 8 Plus, with f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures. Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting can be used not only on the rear camera, but also on the front one for supercharged selfies. The front-facing 7MP camera and sensor suite also enables Animojis, which are emojis that are animated with your own facial movements. You can capture an Animoji, speaking through it with your own voice, and send it to friends.

Under the hood, it uses the same A11 bionic chip and GPU as the 8 and 8 Plus, and is similarly water- and dust-resistant and Qi wireless charging-capable. The iPhone X (pronounced “Ten”) will be available in silver and Space Gray.

Finally, Cook took to the stage to show off the upcoming AirPower accessory, a wireless QI charging dock that can recharge an Apple Watch, a wireless-enabled AirPods charging case, and the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X simultaneously. The charge states of all three devices will show up on your iPhone’s screen so you know how much juice you’ve added.

Which new Apple device are you looking forward to? What feature interests you most? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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