Albuquerque Journal

The Week In Review

- Apple has broken the $1,000 barrier with its latest, and most expensive, phone, the iPhone X.

HOLIDAY HIRING

Target is stocking its stores and warehouses with even more extra staff this holiday shopping season, hoping to win customers with easy-to-find goods and fast service.

It’s hiring 100,000 people to work at its more than 1,800 stores during its busiest time, up 40 percent from last year.

Target said that the seasonal hires, an increase from the 70,000 people it hired for the holidays last year, will stock shelves or fulfill online orders that customers pick up in stores. The retailer also plans to hire 4,500 people to help pack

IPHONE X TOPS $1,000

CEO Tim Cook called the $999 iPhone X “the biggest leap forward” since the first iPhone. (“X” is pronounced like the number 10, not the letter X.) It loses the home button, which revolution­ized smartphone­s when it launched;

and ship online orders at its warehouses.

Online orders have soared since the Minneapoli­s-based company strengthen­ed its digital business and increased the speed of deliveries. Target said last month that online sales jumped 32 percent during the second quarter. Rival Walmart also reported a surge in online orders as well.

Target is one of the first major retailers to publicly announce its holiday hiring figures. Amazon, Macy’s, and J.C. Penney, among others, have not yet disclosed their plans.

offers an edge-to-edge screen; and will use facial recognitio­n to unlock the phone.

Apple also unveiled a new iPhone 8 and a larger 8 Plus with upgrades to cameras, displays and speakers.

Those phones, Apple said, will shoot pictures with better colors and less distortion, particular­ly in low-light settings. The display will adapt to ambient lighting, similar to a feature in some iPad Pro models. Speakers will be louder and offer deeper bass.

Both iPhone 8 versions will allow wireless charging, a feature already offered in many Android phones, including Samsung models. Some Android phones have also previously eliminated the home button and added edge-to-edge screens.

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