Tuesday 17 October 2017

Four things to expect from Apple's iPhone X and iPhone 8 launch

iPhone through the ages: (left to right) the 7 Plus, 6, 5, 4 and the original model.
iPhone through the ages: (left to right) the 7 Plus, 6, 5, 4 and the original model.
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

In a few hours' time, Apple will unveil its latest iPhones, together with a few other gadgets and upgrades. Independent.ie will be live from the Steve Jobs Theatre in San José, California, bringing you updates on the new products as they're announced. Here's a basic guide to what is expected.

1. New iPhone 'X'

A new top-end iPhone is expected, apparently called 'iPhone X'. It should have an edge-to-edge screen, meaning a bigger 5.8-inch display without increasing the size of the actual handset. That screen is said to use Oled technology, which is clearer, thinner and consumes less battery power. The new device is expected to come without the traditional 'home' button, instead using either gesture controls or the phone's side power button to partially control the handset. To this end, advanced facial recognition technology is expected to be announced that can unlock the phone and possibly perform other functions. Apple is set to emphasise the device's enhanced abilities in 'augmented reality', the ability to see or measure virtual objects through the phone's cameras and upgraded processors.

One other notable feature might be its price, which is said to be set at over €1,000. However, persistent rumours also suggest that there may be some delay with the iPhone X because of its high end components - there is a chance that Apple will hold its actual launch back or simply announce it with a later release date.

2. New iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Apple is also expected to update its 'regular' iPhones, with an iPhone 8 and iPhone 9 Plus. These may not have edge-to-edge displays but might physically resemble existing iPhone 7 models. However, Apple is expected to rearrange the cameras (which will be slightly upgraded) on the rear of the phone from a horizontal to a vertical formation, partly to help new augmented reality and face detection technology it is building into the devices. These models are expected to cost a similar price to current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus versions.

3. New Apple Watch LTE

Many are expecting Apple to announce an upgraded Apple Watch that comes with 4G (LTE) connectivity via a 'soft' sim inside the device. This would allow runners and fitness activists to play music and stay connected when exercising without needing their phone with them.

4. New 4K Apple TV

Apple should finally announce a 4K upgrade to its Apple TV set-top box. This would let it play movies or television show in their full native resolution from services such as Netflix.

Apple will kick off its launch at 6pm Irish time. Independent.ie will be live from the Steve Jobs Theatre in San José, California, bringing you updates on the new products as they're announced.

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