What happened at the Apple Special Event?
Apple hosted the big event at its new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California today (September 12). The main announcements were the new iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Watch proceedings back here:
What do we know about the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?
The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus come in three colours: silver, space grey and gold. They will come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models respectively, costing $699 and $799.
Mostly an upgrade of the current iPhone 7, differences include glass backs (described as “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone”), wireless charging and 3D Touch.
Apple VP Phil Schiller calls the phone the first phone “designed for Augmented Reality”.
Pre-orders start on September 15, with the models available from September 22.
What is the iPhone X?
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the new iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone Ten”) will “set the path of technology for the next decade”.
New features include edge-to-edge display, no home button, facial recognition software, wireless charging and Animojis. Animoji are new animated emojis that use facial recognition software to customise existing emoji designs to mimic the facial expressions of the user.
The iPhone X will have a 5.8 inch OLED “super retina display”, a dual camera and a Siri side-bar.
TouchID has been replaced with FaceID, which is described as “the future of how we unlock our smartphones”. It uses seven new sensors on the front camera to recognise your face.
“The chance that a random person in the population could unlock your iPhone X and unlock it with their face is one in a million,” Phil Schiller says.
The iPhone X will begin shipping on November 3 with pre-orders starting on October 27. The 64GB model will cost $999.
When will the iPhone 8 and iPhone X go on sale?
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are going on sale on September 22, with O2, Three, EE and Vodafone all confirming they will be stocking it, as well as all Apple stores directly.
Pre-orders will start on September 15, which is recommended if you’re interested in
getting your hands on them. After that, expect to join a very long waiting list all the way up to Christmas.
No UK contract prices have been confirmed yet, but Apple has listed its prices for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as starting at £699 and £799 respectively for 64GB SIM free.
The iPhone X will be stocked by all four of the main networks too, with pre-orders staring on October 27 ahead of its November 3 release date.
Once again, we’re still waiting on contract prices, but SIM free, the 64GB version will set you back an eye-watering £999.
Should you buy the iPhone X or the iPhone 8?
The iPhone X is the most expensive phone ever. But it has good reason to be. That edge-to- edge 5.8in Super Retina OLED display doesn’t come cheap, and neither does its state-of- the-art Face ID facial recognition for unlocking your phone.
Its TrueDepth camera system is better than the setup on either iPhone 8 or iPhone Plus too, promising steadier, sharper images and better-than- ever selfies.
At the core of it though, the main chipset is the same between the two, meaning the performance is likely to be similar, and if you like having a homescreen button, that’s something to take into consideration too. The iPhone X has done away with it completely.
If you’re not too fussed about that flashy screen and all the kudos that comes with it, you could save some cash and opt for the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.
But if you’re someone who loves to have all the newest technology first, the choice is a no brainer. Better get saving.
Straight from the NME