At an event in Cupertino on the 12th of September, Apple revealed their latest updates to their ecosystem. Firstly Apple took the time to showcase their brand-new campus based in the Silicon Valley, Apple Park. A Concept that was first thought up by Steve Jobs, as a way of securing the future of not just Apple, but technology in general.
Apple then went on to reveal their upgraded lineup of devices, starting with Apple Watch. Apple started off showcasing the Apple Watch by showing a short video of people reading letters about how Apple Watch has helped them improve their lives.
One of the key changes in the Apple watchOS 4 is improved functionality to the heart rate monitor, including a feature that monitors users for heart arrhythmia.
The biggest change to the technology in Apple Watch 3, and what really sets it apart from its older brothers is that now you can get it with built-in cellular. This means you can make and receive calls directly from your watch and no longer need an iPhone to get the most out of your Apple Watch.
Apple also introduce the latest AppleTV. AppleTV now supports improved 4K video with HDR10 (High Dynamic Range). Apple will be selling 4K videos at same price of HD, and will automatically update users existing HD videos to 4K at no additional charge.
Apple also introduced the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Both of these new models support wireless charging and feature the latest A11 Bionic processor. They also both pack 2GB of RAM. Each phone has a glass back and can shoot video in 4K. Neither phone features an OLED screen, a feature that has been on the rise thanks to Samsung’s efforts with their galaxy phones.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come in three different colours, black, silver, and a reworked gold. The iPhone 8 models are due to be released on the 22nd of September, with preorders opening on the 15th of September. The regular iPhone 8 will come in at $699 and the Plus will cost you $799.
What really stole the show was the introduction of the iPhone X, what will now be Apple’s flagship phone. The X naming is due to it being the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Apple wanting to commemorate the big impact that initial iPhone had.
What really stands out first with the iPhone X is that the front is completely screen, save for a tiny trapezoidal wedge at the top that houses a front facing camera and sensors. The bezel around the screen essentially no longer exists, creating quite the striking look. There is no home button on the iPhone X, to complete the screen only look.
With the iPhone X, Apple are introducing their new FaceID technology that allows you to unlock your phone with so much of a glance.
With the home button gone, all of the features have been moved to the power button, or what Apple now calls the side button. You can double press it for Apple Pay or hold it for Siri.
Under the hood the iPhone X features the same A11 Bionic processor (but with 3GB of RAM instead of the 2GB the iPhone 8 houses) that is in the iPhone 8 models but it boasts an OLED screen with what Apple call “Super Retina”, this means the iPhone X has a resolution of 1125x2436. The iPhone X marks the first time Apple have used an OLED screen for their phone.
Apple has really gone all out for their celebration of the original iPhone; the iPhone X is sure to please many Apple enthusiasts around the world. The iPhone X is set to cost $999 and will be available on the 3rd of November with orders opening on the 27th of October.