All the News from Today's iPhone X and iPhone 8 Event



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New iPhones, a new Apple Watch, and much more.

Apple had a number of major announcements during its September 12 event, including reveals of iPhone X and iPhone 8, a new cellular-equipped Apple Watch, and much more.

For an overview of all the big news from today’s event, check out our comprehensive rundown below:

iPhone X

Unquestionably, the star of the event was the iPhone X, Apple’s most advanced iPhone, featuring an edge-to-edge Super Retina 5.8″ display with 458 ppm (2426×1125) that uses OLED technology and features HDR support. In addition to sporting glass surfaces on both the front and the back, the iPhone X doesn’t have a home button. Instead users can swipe up from the bottom to access the home screen.

iPhone X also features what Apple calls the TrueDepth Camera system, which features an infrared camera, dot projector, front camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor along the top of the device, making its new unlock feature Face ID possible. With iPhone X’s new A11 Bionic chip, the device features facial recognition that allows you to unlock the phone by simply looking at it. The feature, which adapts to changes in your face and what you’re wearing, will work with Apple Pay and various third-party apps. Also featured on iPhone X are Animojis, animated emojis that mimic your facial expressions. Users will be able to create and share Animojis within Apple Messages.

Additionally, iPhone X features 12MP dual cameras, better low-light zoom, quad-LED True Tone flash, dual optical image stabilization, and supports 4K video and augmented reality. The phone’s battery life lasts 2 hours longer than iPhone 7 and supports wireless charging that uses the Qi open wireless standard. AirPower, a wireless charging station that can charge iPhone, Apple Watch and EarPods simultaneously is also on the way.

iPhone X will be available in 64GB and 256GB versions, with prices starting at $999. The device will available in either Space Gray or Silver. Preorders open October 27, ahead of its November 3 release.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Apple also revealed the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which, like the iPhone X, features a glass front and back. It also features a New Retina HD display, with the iPhone 8 Plus model sporting a 5.5″ screen and the standard model having a 4.7″ display. Additionally, Apple announced the device’s new operating system, iOS 11, will arrive on September 19.

It also features the A11 Bionic chip and a 12MP dual camera that supports 4K video and augmented reality. During the event, developer Directive Games announced The Machines, a competitive multiplayer game designed for AR, which is coming exclusively to the iOS App Store this month.

Also, like iPhone X, iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging support.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in 64GB and 256GB versions, with prices for the 8 Plus starting at $799 and the standard 8 starting at $699. The device will available in either Space Gray, Silver or Gold. Preorders open September 15, ahead of its September 22 release.

Apple Watch Series 3

Apple also pulled back the curtain on Apple Watch Series 3, which features a model that offers built-in cellular functionality, allowing you to receive calls without your iPhone. Series 3 also features a custom W2 chip to deliver faster wifi, as well as a Siri that can talk, and a new dual core processor that posts performance by 70 percent. The watch is the same size as the Series 2 model and will be available with a variety of band colors.

Watch OS 4 was also announced, bringing with it an improved heart rate app, smart activity coaching, a redesigned music experience, and more. Watch OS 4 will be available on September 19.

Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular will be available for $399, while a model without cellular will be available for $329. Preorders begin on September 15, ahead of its September 22 release.

Apple TV 4K

Apple also revealed Apple TV 4K. This latest entry in Apple’s line of set-top boxes features 4K HDR picture quality and boasts the A10X chip, the same one that’s found in the iPad Pro.

In addition to featuring a 2x faster CPU and 4x faster GPU, the device also features a UI redone in 4K. Those who have purchased HD movies on iTunes will be able to upgrade those movies to the 4K version for free.

Apple TV 4K with 32GB will be available for $179, while the 64GB option will be priced at $199. The basic 32GB model will now be priced at $149. Preorders begin on September 15, ahead of its September 22 release.

Thatgamecompany’s new game, Sky

Thatgamecompany, the independent game studio behind Flower and Journey, surprised everyone with the announcement of Sky, a “romantic social adventure game” where up to eight players from around the world can connect and explore the clouds.

As children of light, players are tasked with bringing the light to various areas that need it. In addition to a live orchestral soundtrack, the game features intuitive controls, where everything can be done with a single finger.

Sky will be released exclusively for Apple TV, iPhone and iPad this winter.

What was your favorite announcement from today’s Apple event? Let us know in the comments.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @alexcosborn.


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