iPhone X event re­cap

Ev­ery­thing Ap­ple an­nounced at its first Ap­ple Park event. Leah Yamshon re­ports

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While the iPhone al­ways head­lines Ap­ple’s an­nual Septem­ber event, the open­ing acts are worth tun­ing in for in their own right – and this year was no ex­cep­tion. From three new iPhones (the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X) to an LTE Ap­ple Watch to new an­i­mated emoji (‘An­i­moji’), this key­note cer­tainly was one for the books. Read on

to see ev­ery­thing Ap­ple an­nounced at the stun­ning Steve Jobs Theater at Ap­ple Park in Cu­per­tino.

Re­mem­ber­ing Steve Jobs

The key­note was the first ever event held in Ap­ple Park’s new Steve Jobs Theater, so it seemed right that the event kicked off with a heart­felt trib­ute to Steve Jobs – one of his fa­mous speeches played over the sound sys­tem shortly af­ter the the­atre dimmed the lights. “I love hear­ing his voice, and his in­spir­ing mes­sage,” an emo­tional Tim Cook said. “It was only fit­ting that Steve should open his the­atre.”

Our first look at the Steve Jobs Theater

We also fi­nally got to see the in­side (and out­side) of the Steve Jobs Theater (pic­tured above), with a bright, open-con­cept de­sign that’s uniquely Ap­ple.

Ap­ple Town Square

Not too long ago, Ap­ple dropped the name ‘store’ of­fi­cially from its re­tail stores, chang­ing the nomen­cla­ture from Ap­ple Store to Ap­ple store (yes, it con­fused us a bit, too). Now, things are chang­ing again – Ap­ple SVP An­gela Ahrendts ex­plained that Ap­ple’s re­tail stores will now be called Ap­ple Town Squares, com­plete with Ge­nius Groves, ‘plazas’ for hang­ing out, ‘fo­rums’ for col­lab­o­ra­tion, ‘board­rooms’ for smaller group meet­ings, and ‘av­enues’ for cu­rated re­tail op­por­tu­ni­ties.

watchOS 4’s heart-mon­i­tor­ing soft­ware

The Ap­ple Watch and watchOS were the first prod­ucts dis­cussed at the event, and watchOS

4 will have some im­pres­sive new fea­tures. For work­outs, its new Gym Con­nect fea­ture will let you sync di­rectly with com­pat­i­ble gym equip­ment, like tread­mills and row­ing ma­chines, so that the ma­chine in­stantly has all of your fit­ness sta­tis­tics.

Thanks to bet­ter heart-mon­i­tor­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, watchOS 4 will be able to tell you if you have an el­e­vated heart rate dur­ing times when you’re sup­pos­edly not ac­tive, and you can also take a look at your pre- and post-work­out heart rates, too. Ap­ple COO Jeff Wil­liams also an­nounced the Ap­ple Heart Study, a new part­ner­ship that al­lows Ap­ple Watch users to par­tic­i­pate in a Stand­ford Health heart study on heart ar­rhyth­mia.

watchOS 4 is avail­able to down­load now along­side iOS 11.

Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3 with LTE

The lat­est Ap­ple Watch is the Se­ries 3, which fea­tures a ma­jor brand-new fea­ture: LTE, which lets you get calls, mes­sages, and alerts even when your iPhone is well out of range. Im­pres­sively, Ap­ple fig­ured out how to add LTE with­out in­creas­ing the Ap­ple Watch’s size. It will also keep the same 18hour bat­tery life. Other new fea­tures: a vo­cal Siri, a baro­met­ric al­time­ter for more ac­cu­rate el­e­va­tion read­ings when you’re work­ing out, and a new chip.

It’s priced at £399 with GPS and cel­lu­lar con­nec­tiv­ity (not in­clud­ing the ex­tra provider fee – we’ll let you know when we have more info there), and £329 for the non-cel­lu­lar model. It’s avail­able to buy now. For fur­ther de­tails see page 34.

Ap­ple TV 4K

The Ap­ple TV got some stage time and a 4K up­grade. The new Ap­ple TV 4K adds sup­port for 4K video (nat­u­rally) as well as HDR, or High Dy­namic Range. Cus­tomers who have pur­chased HD movies will re­ceive up­grades in their iTunes li­braries to cor­re­spond­ing 4K ver­sions at no ad­di­tional cost (hur­rah), and new ti­tles in 4K will be sold at the same price as HD ver­sions – a huge win for Ap­ple. Some other Ap­ple TV 4K fea­tures: Live sports, live news, and Blue­tooth 5.0.

Prices start at £179 for the 32GB model and £199 for the 64GB op­tion. They are avail­able to buy now. For fur­ther de­tails see page 46.

iPhone 8

Of course, the event’s big draw was the iPhone, and we weren’t dis­ap­pointed. Ap­ple an­nounced three new iPhone mod­els – the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which are the fol­low-up phones to last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – and the fu­tur­is­tic iPhone X.

The 4.7in iPhone 8 still fea­tures the Home but­ton, body bezels, Touch ID, Light­ning port, and an LCD screen, but has some im­prove­ments, too. Namely: a glass back (like the iPhone 4), wire­less charg­ing us­ing the Qi stan­dard, a TrueTone Retina dis­play, and an A11 Bionic chip.

The iPhone 8 is avail­able to buy now in sil­ver, space grey, and gold, priced at £699 for the 64GB op­tion, and £849 for the 256GB hand­set.

For fur­ther de­tails see page 40.

iPhone 8 Plus

The 5.5in 8 Plus has all the same specs as the iPhone 8, but with a dual-cam­era setup fea­tur­ing f/1.8 aper­ture and f/2.8 aper­ture lenses (the iPhone 8 only has a sin­gle cam­era). The phone comes with has a beta fea­ture called Por­trait Light­ing. You pose a photo, turn on Por­trait Mode, and then the cam­era cre­ates a depth map to pull the sub­ject out of the back­ground, then de­tects ‘fa­cial land­marks’ such as your nose, fore­head, and cheek­bones, and then ad­justs the light­ing on all of them.

The 8 Plus is avail­able in sil­ver, space grey, and gold is on sale now. Prices start at £799 for the 64GB phone, with the 256GB op­tion set­ting you back £949. For fur­ther de­tails see page 40.

iOS 11 ship date

Ap­ple’s mo­bile OS is avail­able to down­load now.

macOS High Sierra

This will be ready to down­load on 25 Septem­ber.

iPhone X Face ID and An­i­moji

With­out a home but­ton for Touch ID, how does one un­lock the iPhone X? With your face! Ap­ple demon­strated Face ID, which uses a TrueDepth cam­era-and-sen­sor sys­tem along the top edge to de­tect your face quickly, even in the dark – and even with glasses on, or af­ter a dra­matic hair­cut.

The TrueDepth face-rec­og­niz­ing cam­era sys­tem has more tricks than just Face ID. A new fea­ture in Mes­sages called An­i­moji can mimic your mood and ex­pres­sion. They track 50 fa­cial mus­cles to sync the emoji with what you’re say­ing, and then send your ‘talk­ing head’ to a friend. You get a dozen op­tions at launch.


Now that the iPhone has in­duc­tive charg­ing, Ap­ple is work­ing on its own wire­less charg­ing mat: The AirPower. It won’t ship un­til 2018, but it will be able to charge your iPhone, Ap­ple Watch, and AirPods all at once, sav­ing you valu­able night­stand real es­tate.


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