Today, Apple announced the next generation iPhones, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, and all new operating systems. Here’s everything you need to about the Apple 2017 Keynote.
Apple Watch Series 3
As always, the Cupertino giant kick-started the event by announcing the Apple Watch Series 3. Apple also revealed that Apple Watch is currently the No. 1 Smartwatch in the world. The highlight of the Apple Watch Series 3 is the built-in support for LTE connectivity, alongside the standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options.
With the help of LTE connectivity, you can make and receive calls directly from the Apple Watch Series 3 itself. Furthermore, you can play music on Apple Music right from the Apple Watch Series 3 itself with the help of LTE connectivity.
The all new Apple Watch Series 3 packs in a dual-core processor, and Siri can now talk and faster than ever. Apple also included its W2 chip for Bluetooth connectivity and 85% faster Wi-Fi connection.
This time around, the Apple Watch Series 3 comes with an altimeter, which is great for measuring the elevation gain for climbers. The Apple Watch Series 3 will be made available in two versions- with cellular and without cellular. The Cellular variant will ship for $399, while the non-cellular variant will ship for just $329. Apple also reduced the price of Apple Watch Series 1 to $249.
Users can pre-order the Apple Watch Series 3 starting September 15, whereas the shipping will start from September 22. The Apple Watch Series 3 38mm will retail for Rs. 29,900 in the Indian market starting September 29.
Apple TV 4K
After the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple announced its first ever Apple TV 4K model with major hardware changes. Apple is long rumoured to launch a 4K model of the Apple TV, which eventually happened today.
The Apple TV 4K is powered by the custom-made A10X Fusion chip, which is used on the Apple iPad Pro. The RAM in this model is 3GB. The biggest upgrade, as the name itself suggests, is the support for 4K. The Apple TV 4K will start shipping from September 22 for $179 for the 32GB variant and $199 for the 128GB variant.
Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Apple also announced the much-rumoured iPhone 8 and 8 Plus at the same event. These two new models come as upgrades to last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and they bring much-needed upgrades to the table.
Starting off with the display, the iPhone 8 sports the same 4.7-inch Retina display and the iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina display. Coming to the build and design, the sport the same design language, but comes with aluminium frame and glass back. The Retina display this year comes with True Tone technology, which Apple used on its iPads that adapt to the colour environment. The display also features 3D Touch technology.
The usage of glass back allowed Apple to add the wireless charging feature on both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Both the smartphones pack Apple A11 Bionic, which is 30% faster than the Apple A10 chipset.
The Apple iPhone 8 features a single 12MP rear camera, whereas the 8 Plus comes with two 12MP sensors at the back. The cameras are upgraded as well and capture images with better dynamic range, and it also shoots slow motion videos at 240fps. The cameras also feature advanced Augmented Reality features.
The iPhone 8 will ship for $699 for the 64GB model and $799 for the 256GB model. The iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799 for the 64GB model and $899 for the 256GB option. The iPhone 8 Indian price is revealed as Rs. 64,000 for the 64GB option, and the availability of both the devices is September 29.
Apple iPhone X (pronounced as Apple iPhone 10)
Lastly, the company announced the 10th anniversary iPhone, namely, the iPhone X. Every rumour comes into play here. Almost every rumour is correct about the iPhone 8, right from the renders to homepod firmware leak, everything is correct.
The Apple iPhone 8 comes with a 5.8-inch Super Retina display, which offers a better viewing experience than any other OLED panel. The display has a resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels and has a pixel density of 458 PPI. The display also supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, which will be great for all that new 4K content coming to iTunes later this year.
Essentially, the iOS 11 in the new iPhone X resemble us the Flyme OS. You have to swipe from the bottom to unlock the smartphone, swipe from bottom to go back to the home screen, swipe from the bottom and delay for multitasking menu. Also, it supports Apple 3D Touch technology and True Tone technology.
As it was rumoured for a long time, the iPhone X ditches the Touch ID, in favour of the new feature called Face ID, which unlocks the device using your phone. Now, you might be thinking to fool the new iPhone like how some people are doing for the Android phones. Coming to the hardware, it uses the same Apple A11 Bionic chipset, and said to have 3GB of RAM.
However, that’s not the case with the new iPhone X because it uses an infrared camera to detect your face. And the all new TrueDepth camera system will be as secure as the Touch ID. Apple calls this project as 30,000 invisible IR dots, which opens the camera app and scans for the pattern it recorded based on your image.
The Apple iPhone X comes with a power button at the right, which can now be used to fire up Siri or Apple Pay for payments, etc. The anniversary edition also comes with a dual camera setup at the back, and both the sensors are optically stabilised. The primary 12MP sensor comes with an aperture of f/1.8, while the other 12MP one is a telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. That said, the front-facing camera also comes with a Portrait mode with Apple’s new Portrait Lighting feature.
Apple also claims improved battery life on the iPhone X and is promised to deliver two hours better battery life than the iPhone 7. Coming to the price of the iPhone X, it ships for $999 for the base 64GB model, and the company did not reveal prices of other variants.
The iPhone X price for the Indian market has been set as Rs. 89,000 for the 64GB option. Pre-orders for the device will start on October 27, with availability date as November 3.
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