Apple unveils iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X
It's a new era at Apple.
Say hello to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, and goodbye to your charging cord.
“They really did kind of listen to the customers in terms of what people wanted. They wanted the better battery life. They wanted the capability to be able to charge wirelessly,” said Diane Santurri, professor of Emerging Technology at Johnson and Wales University.
Apple is currently developing a wireless charger called AirPower. The price point hasn't been announced, but the device is set to go on sale next year.
The new phones have all the upgrades consumers have come to expect from new iPhone models -- faster processing speeds, better screen quality, advanced durability and better camera resolution.
There's also a big physical change, exclusive to the iPhone X: No more home button.
“Home is gone, it's completely gone,” said Santurri. “So, now you're going to look for something a little different that will get your into your phone and one of those things is facial recognition.”
FaceID uses a set of sensors and cameras to create a 3D map of your face.
Hackers can't use photos to bypass the system.
The technology improves everytime you look at it, so you can throw on a pair of glasses, pull your hair back, even gain a few pounds, and FaceID will still recognize you.
Perhaps one of the coolest new features -- there's an A11 Bionic chip inside the phone. It allows users to interact in "augmented realities" and immersive 3D games.
“It creates kind of an environment where it's real and it's also a digital world, that's what AR does,” says Santurri.
The iPhone 8 starts at $699. The iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799. Pre-orders start this Friday, and the phones will start shipping on September 22.
The iPhone 10 starts at $999. The top of the line 256-gig model will sell for a whopping $1,149.
Pre-orders start on Oct. 27. The iPhone 10 will begin shipping on Nov. 3.