Latest Apple releases – all you need to know

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Last month we blogged about the launch of a new series of iPhones.

We got many of the details right. What many commentators failed to predict was that the smart phone giant would release not one, not two, but 3 new models! Here we sum up what was announced at the company’s keynote event on 12th September.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, which began shipping on 22nd September, are perhaps the more standard releases announced at Apple’s conference. Appearance wise, the iPhone 8 look almost exactly the same as the iPhone 7. One notable design feature, which is the same on both the standard sized 8 and the 8 plus, is its glass rear. Replacing the aluminium rear of previous models, the glass adds something to the phone from both a design and function perspective.

There are three colour options for the iPhone 8 – gold, space grey and silver. Both phones are also IP67 certified dust and water resistant, so they can be submerged up to 1 meter deep in water for up to 30 minutes.

In terms of screen/display, the main upgrade is True Tone – a feature that dynamically alters the display’s white balance depending on the environment you’re in.

iPhone X

The iPhone X (pronounced ten) will be the first Apple smartphone to feature facial recognition technology, which is set to enable users to unlock the device with their face.

Design wise, the new X is the first iPhone to feature a bezel-less design, with a full ‘edge to edge’ screen with just a small notch jutting out of the top. Consequently, the iPhone X will also lose the home button. The phone’s display is also larger than other iphones, with a 5.8 inch display and 1,125 x 2,436 resolution, giving it a pixel density of 458 pixels per inch.

Another notable feature of the iPhone X is its dual-lens camera on the rear, which is vertically aligned.

The iPhone X won’t come cheap – with the entry level version coming with a hefty price tag of £999, rising to £1,149 for the highest specification version.

Apple Watch 3

If the launch of three new smart phone handsets wasn’t enough, Apple also announced the launch of the third generation of its celebrated Apple watch. Series 3, on the other hand, will have up to 18 hours of battery life and is just a fraction of a millimeter thicker than the Series 2 watch. The new version will also feature cellular for the first time, meaning it can be used to make calls, send messages and stream music even when not connected to a smartphone.

The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are available to order now and the iPhone X will be available for shipping from 3 November.

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