Here is everything that Apple has announced.
After months of leaks, rumors and predictions, Apple has finally unveiled its latest flagship device at the new Steve Jobs theater located at its new Apple Park headquarters. But the iPhone (X) wasn’t the only star of the show. Here is a roundup of everything that Apple has announced:
The presentation started with an overview of the various Apple stores that have opened in the past few months, including the one here at the Dubai Mall. These new stores aren’t just stores, but were made solely as town square where people can meet up and/or attend various workshops and free programs.
First to be introduced is the Apple Watch Series 3 that comes with a cellular option. It’s basically the same size as the Apple Watch Series 2, but now has a dual-core processor that’s 70 percent faster than its predecessor. Cellular connectivity means that you can make and receive calls right on the watch.
Pricing on the Apple Watch Series 3 starts at 1,299 AED and it will be available on September 23rd. In the UAE, only the non-cellular version will be available.
Next is the Apple TV 4K, which is basically still the same 4th generation Apple TV but now supports 4K HDR. HDR10 and Dolby Vision are the supported HDR standards and will be powered by the A10X Fusion chip that is also found on the iPad Pro. iTunes movies will also get the 4K treatment, and if you already own HD versions of any movie from the iTunes store, it will automatically be upgraded to 4K.
Pricing on the Apple TV 4K start at 699 AED and 779 AED for the 32 GB and 64 GB versions respectively.
Up next is the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, which is the first time it is skipping the ‘S’ naming convention since these smartphones basically look just like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.
The new smartphones will feature faster internals, including a new A11 Bionic CPU and improved cameras. The display sizes remain the same, and the all glass also gives the iPhone 8 support for wireless charging. Other than that, design and dimensions pretty much mirror the iPhone 7.
It will of course come pre-loaded with iOS 11 which will also be available for every supported device on September 19.
Pricing for the iPhone 8 starts at 2,849 AED while the iPhone 8 Plus will cost 3,879 AED. Both devices will come in 64 GB and 256 GB variants and will be available on September 15th.
But of course, the main highlight is the new iPhone X which is basically the 10th anniversary iPhone. It will feature a 5.8-inch Super Retina Display with a 2436 x 1125-pixel resolution along with HDR support. The new OLED display also supports 3D Touch along with Face ID, a new security feature to replace Touch ID since there no more home button.
Face ID uses a TrueDepth camera for facial recognition, which Apple says is more secure and can’t be easily fooled. Face ID can recognize your face even you change your hairstyle or if you wear glasses.
It’s also powered by the A11 Bionic chip along with the same dual camera setup. The advanced camera internals also mean that the iPhone X now supports 4K video recording at 60 fps. Wireless charging is also supported.
But prepare your wallet though since the price for the iPhone X will start at 4,099 AED for the 64 GB version and a whopping 4,729 AED for the 256 GB version.
Lastly a new charging pad called AirPower that can simultaneously charge the iPhone X/iPhone 8 /iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch and the AirPods but it will only come out next year.
And yes, the AirPods now support wireless charging – that is only when you buy the special case that supports wireless charging.
So, are you ready to go bankrupt?
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