The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the next generation sensation iPhone X, which relies on a new generation 3D facial recognition technology called FaceID, was finally unveiled. After much delay and keeping the event on hold for more than 45 minutes, Apple Inc kicked off the event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on its new Apple campus on Tuesday.
Apple enthusiasts in India will be able to buy the latest iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus at a price starting from Rs 64,000 within days of availability of the smartphones in the US and other markets. This was confirmed by Apple India.
The much-hyped iPhone X will be available later from November 3 with a starting price point of Rs 89,000. There is a 256GB model, which is pegged at a whopping Rs 102,000.
The new line-up will compete with flagship devices from the stables of Samsung, LG and other players in India.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in 64GB and 256GB variants. These will be available at Apple authorised resellers from September 29, Apple India said in a statement.
The event unveiled a bunch of Apple products, including the much-anticipated next generation of iPhone. Among other products, Apple Watch series three and Apple TV with 4K HDR was revealed.
iPhone X: The iPhone X or the iPhone ten was the highlight of the event, which Apple claims to be the future of smartphones. CEO Tim Cook said that it’s the biggest leap forward they have undertaken since the original iPhone.
Looks: The first noticeable feature about iPhone X is that it doesn’t look anything like the previous iPhone versions. The front of the device is all screen from top to bottom with curved edges, but houses a wide notch on the top carrying the camera and a bunch of sensors. The glass on top of the screen curves and blends seamlessly with the side aluminium rails. The back of the phone has the quintessential Apple logo at the centre and a vertical dual camera set up. Inside this setup are the dual 12-megapixel cameras, with f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures.
The glass from the front of the displays continues at the back allowing room for wireless charging. Apple is adopting the Qi standard for wireless charging so that the iPhones will work with current Qi pads by companies like Mophie and Belkin.
The iPhone X runs on Apple’s latest processor, the A11 Bionic, along with 3GB of RAM. The iPhone X will be available in silver and space grey colours.
Since it’s an all-screen at the front, the iconic home button has been completely let go off the device. But Apple hasn’t forgotten about the Siri and its application.
Adios home button: With the omission of the home button, the iPhone X relies on a new generation 3D facial recognition technology called FaceID. This helps the user unlock his/her device just by looking at it with his/her eyes open. The sensors enable the users to have some fun applications too. The new 3D ‘Animoji’ for iMessages move with the movements of your head, mimic your facial expressions, and even utter your spoken words. The head and face movements are tracked by a new 3D laser/sensor on the front of the phone.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Along with iPhone X, Apple released the upgrades to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Both devices have a similar look like their previous generation phones.
But both the phones have the latest A11 bionic chipset with 3GB of RAM and upgraded camera. The device has glass back panel, which allows wireless charging. The device will be available in iconic space grey, silver and all new blush gold colour. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will have retina HD 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display, respectively.
With an inbuilt storage capacity of 64GB, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available over the counter from September 29 for Rs 64,000 and Rs 73,000, respectively. The 256GB variants of both the devices will be priced at Rs 77,000 and Rs 86,000 for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, respectively.
The FaceID fail: While showing the live demo, Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi picked up the phone to unlock the device, but instead the passcode screen popped up. On the second try, it worked perfectly. But, when it failed to unlock on the first go, Federighi wiped his face swiftly raising questions about the reliability of the feature. The everyday practical use of this feature will be tested rigorously when the device is officially available on Nov 3.
Apple Watch: With Apple Watch series three, the company is continuing its affair with wearable technology. Apple has brought cellular services to the Apple Watch, enabling it to be a self-sufficient device that allows the user to remain connected without a smartphone for phone calls, music and other functions.
Apple TV: Apple also unveiled the latest iteration of Apple TV, which now has 4K HDR capabilities. In other words, it can stream crisp videos with high dynamic range (HDR). Apple TV will be available from September 22onwards for Rs 15,900 with 32GB internal storage or Rs 17,900 with 64GB internal storage. Pre-orders for the device starts September 15, but its availability in the Indian market remains a big question.