The big tech news this week is all about Apple. The company had their annual keynote to announce their new lineup of mobile products. During the keynote, Apple announced 3 new iPhones, the iPhone 8, 8+ and the iPhone X (pronounced 10). While the iPhone 8 and 8+ will be released shortly, you will have to wait a couple more months if you want to get the iPhone X. Preorders for the iPhone X will start on October 27th, with shipping set to start on November 3rd.
The iPhone X is a brand new phone with a bezel-less design, an OLED screen, and 3D face-scanning tech. During the presentation, however, the Face ID failed to unlock the device. We can only imagine how fired the person responsible for the mishap would be if Steve Jobs was still around. With the iPhone 7, Apple removed the headphone jack, and now they have removed the iconic home button as well. Instead, Apple is going all in with the 3D facial recognition scanning to unlock the device. There is no fingerprint reader on the phone. The cameras are also upgraded, with dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with dual optical image stabilization, and an improved front camera that supported portrait mode, too.
Surprisingly Apple also released the iPhone 8 and 8+, which don’t have a ton of upgraded features from the iPhone 7, except for one. The phones now support wireless charging. The updates on these devices wouldn’t be enough for someone with an iPhone 7 already to want to upgrade, but given the choice between purchasing a new iPhone 7 or a new iPhone 8, you may decide to fork over a little bit more cash for the updated model.
The other big announcement though was the new Apple Watch Series 3. The watch will now have LTE connectivity, so you don’t have to be near your phone to receive calls and notifications. It is supposed to work seamlessly with your phone so it will not have its own phone number, it will simply give you the notifications for your phone without relying on Bluetooth.