Apple unveils iPhone X
(CNN Money) — Ten years after the launch of the first iPhone, Apple has revealed the iPhone X.
At its annual press conference, the company unveiled its anniversary edition smartphone, alongside the iPhone 8 and its bigger sibling, the iPhone 8 Plus.
To introduce the iPhone X, Apple CEO Tim Cook uttered the classic line: “One more thing.”
“We have great respect for these words and don’t use them lightly,” said Cook, who said the new phone would set the path for technology for the next decade.
The new iPhone X kills the home button to make space for a larger screen. It has an edge-to-edge display, glass on the front and back, a surgical grade stainless steel band around the edges. It’s water and dust resistant.
The 5.8-inch OLED display isn’t just bigger, it also packs 458 pixels per inch. Apple calls it a Super Retina Display. It supports HDR, has a million-to-one contrast ration and improved color accuracy.
The loss of the home button means no more fingerprint sensor. To unlock the phone, you use your face with a new technology called Face ID. Front-facing cameras and sensors create a map of your face to determine if you are the phone’s proper owner. It uses a flood light to work in the dark.
Apple said face detection is more secure than fingerprints. The company said there was a one in 50,000 chance of a random person being able to open your phone with their fingerprint. But those chances drop to 1 in a million with face detection.
The iPhone 8 devices pack a powerful punch, too. They’re faster, sturdier and better at snapping photos. And here’s the best part: It features wireless charging.
The charging is based on Qi wireless charging, which Apple thinks will be available at coffee shops, stores and airports around the world in the near future. This means people could potentially get juice wherever they go.
On the surface, the devices look similar to its predesscor — the iPhone 8 clocks in at 4.7 inches and iPhone 8 Plus is 5.5 inches. Inside is an A11 “bionic chip” and an improved camera sensor. There are new camera modes, including an expanded Portrait Mode that lets you change lighting effects after you take the shot.
The company also teased some of the new features coming to iOS 11, including augmented reality.
iPhone 8 smartphones, which come with an aluminum band around the edges, will be available in three colors: space gray, gold and silver. The iPhone 8 will start at $699 and the iPhone 8 Plus is $799 for 64 GB models.
Pre-orders start Friday, September 15 and hit stores the following Friday, September 22.
Apple also announced a new cellular Apple Watch, which CEO Tim Cook called the device the best-selling watch in the world. The waterproof Apple Watch has an even greater focus on fitness and health. For example, it flags users when it detects an elevated pulse.
The device was the first product unveiled inside the circular Steve Jobs Theater, part of Apple’s brand new multi-billion dollar campus in Cupertino, California.
The event opened with a short inspirational video with featured audio by late Apple founder Steve Jobs.
“It seems only fitting that Steve should open his theater,” Cook told attendees. “Steve meant so much to me and so much to all of us. There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think about him. Memories especially come rushing back as we prepared for today and this event.”
Cook also used his stage time to send thoughts and prayers to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The event comes a little more than ten years after Steve Jobs unveiled the very first iPhone on stage in San Francisco. That small rectangle has been responsible for making Apple one of the largest companies in the world. Now, the iPhone accounts for nearly 70% of Apple’s revenue. Customers and investors have been waiting for a big iPhone upgrade, which Cook even blamed for slower than usual iPhone sales last year.
The press conference is the first time Apple has held a large event at its new “spaceship” campus, which is expected to be completed later this year.
Let’s take a closer look at the new products:
New Apple Watch Series 3
The new Apple Watch Series 3 comes with a built-in cellular connection, so it no longer needs an iPhone nearby for most tasks.
You can answer calls, receive text messages, use Siri, check maps and use third-party apps over cellular connections. Starting in October, it will also be able to stream music to ear pods over cellular. To demonstrate the watch’s new powers, Apple conducted a live phone call from stage with a person on a paddle board in the middle of a lake.
Siri can finally talk back on the new watch, thanks to a new dual-core processor. Also included is a barometric altimeter, which tracks activity like stair climbing, skiing and snowboarding.
The company has bigger dreams for the watch than workouts and wrist calls. It’s launching an Apple Heart Study later this year that will be able to detect early signs of atrial fibrillation, one of the leading causes of stroke.
The watch will cost $329 without cellular, and $399 with celluar. It works with all four major carriers in the U.S., though Apple did not mention details on plan pricing. The watch will be available September 22.
Apple TV 4K
The company also teased a new Apple TV ($149) with support for 4K video streaming and a revamped the user interface. Its graphics are four times as fast, according to Apple.
Apple said it is working with studios and streaming companies like Netflix to add more 4K content. It will also launch on September 22.