Yesterday was a big day for Apple, not only did they unveil the new iPhone X, but also announced other new iPhones and upgrades to Apple TV and the Apple Watch. The announcement didn’t just stop at new devices though, Apple executives showed off a number of new features and components that make its new iPhones and Watches extra special. It’ll be unknown for a bit which of these new technologies makes it way to other Apple products (like iPads or MacBooks), but it’s safe to say that some of them will. We’ve compiled a list of everything Apple announced yesterday:
The iPhone X comes with an all-new Super Retina OLED display that stretches to the very edge of the device – meaning that the Home button is gone and replaced by an upward swiping motion. Touch ID is also gone, replaced by called Face ID. This facial recognition feature uses an array of sensors on the front of the device to map your face and unlock the phone, as soon as you look at it. Learn more about it here.
Yesterday, Apple surprised people by announcing the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and totally skipping over the iPhone 7. The new smartphone boasts a new design that’s not quite as eye catching as the iPhone X, but still sounds rather luxurious. The front and back are now super strong glass, and there’s an aluminum band that wraps around the edge. The overall form factor still resembles the iPhone 7, but the all-glass approach is sure to give the device a pleasant heft.
Similar to the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 has an A11 Bionic processor, a Retina HD display, and several improvements to the camera. These include a new 12-megapixel sensor and new color filter as well as a new Portrait Lighting mode for the iPhone 8 Plus and its dual lenses. The iPhone 8 also comes tuned for augmented reality applications and will support wireless charging.
According to Apple, the iPhone 8 lineup comes in three colors: white, space grey, and a new gold finish. The iPhone 8 starts at $700, while the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $800. Preorders start on September 15, and the new devices will ship on September 22.
Apple Watch Edition 3
The updated Apple Watch comes with LTE service that allows you to connect directly to your carrier anywhere there’s cell phone service, no longer will you have to connect with your phone! The Watch itself is almost identical to others, however, there’s a new dualcore processor that promises better performance and efficiency. There’s also an electronic SIM that gives you a cellular connection along with new W2 wireless chip for better Bluetooth connections. On the software side of things, the Watch’s heart rate monitor will offer more details information in the Edition 3, an upgrade that might just save your life one day.
The new Apple Watch Edition 3 comes in all the same colors as the old Apple Watch, although there is a new grey ceramic color and a buttload of new bands. The Edition 3 starts at $400 with cellular service and $330 without. Preorders start September 15, and shipping starts September 22.
Apple TV 4K
Announced yesterday at the event, Apple TV will now support 4K and 4K HDR content. That means all those Planet Earth episodes that looked simply awesome in 1080p HD will soon look absolutely mind-bending in 4K with HDR10. The hardware looks the same from the outside, but there’s now a six-core A10X processor, the same one that Apple puts in the iPad Pro, as well as 3 gigabytes of RAM to keep the little black box humming.
The new Apple TV starts $180 for a 32-gigabyte model. Preorders start on September 15. Shipping starts September 22.
Now that the new iPhones support wireless charging, Apple wants to make it easier to charge all your devices at once. So, at some point next year, Apple will release a new charging standard called AirPower. You can plop an iPhone, an Apple Watch, and AirPods on a little white platform, and they’ll magically charge.
How will it work? We don’t know because Apple didn’t say so yesterday. When will it come out? Also unclear, though Apple broadly says 2018. Will it be cool? Probably!