Breaking News: Apple Just Unveiled Not One but Two New iPhones (FYI, One Has Facial Recognition and No Home Button)
It’s the ten-year anniversary of the iPhone, so we had a hunch that Apple would announce something kind of big. Today, it unveiled not one but two new generation iPhones: the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. Here’s what you need to know:
1. The iPhone 8 and X are officially all glass. As in front and back. For anyone who’s super nervous about breakability, Apple swears it has you covered with glass that’s reinforced by steel to be very durable. (We’ll see about that.)
2. Both devices feature wireless charging. Huzzah! No more cords. This means you’ll have to buy a third-party wireless charging mat, FYI. (Or hit up your local Starbucks or McDonald’s or several other stores that offer this service.)
3. The iPhone 8 Plus and X also come with a cool new camera feature called Portrait Lighting. Basically, whenever you snap a pic, you now have the option to select a series of “filters” that analyze the light on a subject’s face in real time and improve it based on the contour of the face. (Yay, no more washed-out noses.)
4. The iPhone X doesn’t have a home button. Yep, the anniversary edition of the smartphone doesn’t need one. Instead, it has an all-screen display and uses facial recognition to unlock your device. According to Apple, the technology is so good that you’ll be recognized even if you suddenly add glasses—or have an identical twin. (Mic drop.)
5. The iPhone X also makes it possible to animate your emojis to mimic your own facial movements. Technology, FTW.
The iPhone 8 (from $699) will be available to buy starting September 22. The iPhone X (from $999) will be available to buy starting November 3.