Apple unveils three new iPhones, hails ‘biggest leap forward’ Apple unveils three new iPhones, hails ‘biggest leap forward’

Apple unveiled three new iPhone models on Monday, including a top-of-line handset described as “the biggest leap forward” since the original iPhone 10 years ago.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced the premium iPhone X — pronounced 10 — as well as a new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Cook, speaking at the first event at the new campus theater named for the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, said the latest flagship handset is a milestone for the company a decade after the first iPhone release.”

Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12. — AFP

“Ten years later it is only fitting that we are here in this place, on this day to reveal a product that will set the path for technology for the next decade,” Cook said, calling the iPhone X “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.”

The iPhone X has an edge-to-edge screen and uses facial recognition to unlock the device, and improved “super retina” display with improved graphics and resolution.

Apple senior vice president, Phil Schiller, said the glass-body iPhone 8 and 8 Plus handsets were the first smartphones “really created for augmented reality,” with improved power and graphics over their predecessors.

Apple also unveiled an updated smartwatch and an upgraded streaming video system for 4K high-definition television. (AFP)

Key features | iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The new gold finish APPLE
  • Silver, space grey, new gold finish
  • Apple claims it’s the most durable glass ever in a smartphone
  • water and dust resistant
  • 4.7″ display in the 8 and 5.5″ display in the Plus
  • Stereo speakers. 25% louder than the speakers in the 7
  • A11 bionic chip
  • 12MP camera
  • 4K 60fps video
  • Cameras calibrated for augmented reality
  • New Portrait Lighting feature: machine learning creates facial landmarks and enhances light effects on the face (8Plus)
  • Wireless charging
  • Pre order on September 15, available on September 22
  • iOS 11 available on September 19
  • 64GB and 256GB
  • iPhone 8: £649 for 64GB, £849 for 256GB
  • iPhone 8 Plus: £749 for 64GB, £949 for 256GB

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