At its fall keynote event, Apple has officially announced its 2017 iPhone line-up which has not two but three handsets. These include the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, along with the much-awaited iPhone X. The iPhone 8 series is essentially upgrades to last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. While the iPhone X, pronounced as the ‘iPhone ten’, is long-rumored anniversary edition iPhone that comes with some significant design and feature upgrades.
The main highlight of the iPhone X is its edge-to-edge screen along with the all glass body. The handset features a 5.8inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436×1125 pixels. It also uses a True Tone display and 3D Touch. While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch True Tone displays, same as last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Under the hood, all three handsets get powered the new A11 Bionic chip. However, the iPhone X offers 2 hours of added battery life compared to the iPhone 7, as Apple says it has increased the battery capacity. According to Apple, the new A11 processor “is the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone”. It packs 6-cores featuring 2 high-performance cores that offer 25 percent improved performance compared to the A10. While the 4 high-efficiency cores are said to be 70% faster than its predecessor. All three handsets also come with Apple’s first-ever own GPU which is designed for 3D games.
Another noticeable change with the iPhone X is the lack of a Home button. Instead, Apple has introduced new gestures such as tapping the screen to wake up, or swiping up from the bottom takes you back to the Home screen. While for multitasking, you’ll have to swipe up and pause for a second to see app thumbnails.
Finally, the handset can only unlock itself using facial recognition feature called FaceID. It uses cameras that works with sensors at the top of the screen to unlock the device. Apple also asserts that the new FaceID feature is much more secure than FaceTime. Another new feature is support for wireless as well as fast charging. The 2017 iPhone line-up use the Qi wireless charging standard, implying that Apple could support a wide variety of third party chargers for the new iPhone range.
In terms of cameras, the iPhone X as well as the iPhone 8 Plus come with a 12MP dual-lens camera setup. It offers dual optical image stabilization, quad-LED True Tone Flash, along with improved low-light zoom. Apple also claims that there’s zero shutter lag.
The iPhone X will be offered with 64GB and 256GB storage models, and will be priced starting $999. Pre-orders for the iPhone X go live on October 27 and the device shipping starts November 3, which pretty much confirms that Apple has indeed experienced inventory issues.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will also be available in 64GB and 256GB models, starting at $699 for the 4.7-inch model, while the 8 Plus gets a starting price tag of $799. Pre-orders will open on September 15, while sales are expected to begin on September 22.