Yes, it’s real. After months of speculation, rumours, leaks, and sneak peeks, Apple has finally announced their latest iPhone smartphones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and, most significantly, the iPhone X – pronounced iPhone 10.
“It is the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone” – Tim Cook
Just a few minutes ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the arrival of their latest smartphones alongside the updated Apple TV in 4K and Apple Watch Series 3.
Apple has made a huge deal about the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge OLED screen, which spans 5.8″ of sheer viewing pleasure. To make room for the giant screen, the company has said that it has removed the home button and Touch ID, and switched to facial recognition instead, known as Face ID, which was one of the earliest confirmations of the upcoming flagship.
The unit is wrapped in glorious stainless steel and ion-strengthened glass on the front and back, which has an oleophobic coating. The device will be available in two main colours at the start, silver and black, contrary to the rumours of varied options. Apple has also showcased a number of features for the iPhone X, which includes a fully immersive augmented reality gaming engine.
The Apple iPhone X will open to pre-orders in limited regions starting 27th October 2017, which will start shipping on 3rd November, quite a lot later than previous releases. No word on the exact timelines for South Africa, but indications are that it will hit before the Christmas period. The iPhone X will start at a cost of $999 for the 64GB variant, and potentially $1099 for the 256GB.
- CPU: Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core
- GPU: Metal 2 graphics framework
- RAM: 3GB
- Storage: 64/256/512GB
- Display: 5.8″, 2436x1125px, 458ppi, OLED, HDR support
- Rear Camera: Dual 12 MP, f/1.8, phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
- Features: Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)