Today's Apple event was a special one. Not just because they announced the tenth anniversary iPhone, but also because it was the first Apple Event held at the new Steve Jobs Theater located at the Cupertino campus. We were treated to news about the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple TV 4K, Apple Watch, and more!
The iPhone X
You also get a new A11 Bionic processor, wireless charging, and new animated emojis for messaging. The dual rear cameras are 12-megapixels with optical image stabilization, and the front camera now supports portrait mode. The battery will reportedly last two hours longer than the one in the iPhone 7.
The iPhone X comes in space gray and silver, and the 64GB model will cost $999 while the 256GB model will cost $1,149. You can pre-order it on October 27th and they'll start shipping on November 3rd.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Seeing as how the iPhone X is something of a special model, Apple is also releasing the iPhone 8 models as more traditional upgrades on last year's iPhone 7. The new phones have glass backs for wireless charging, the A11 Bionic processor, better cameras, and a True Tone display. The upgrades are all relatively minor and the phone feels a lot more like the iPhone 7.5 than a true successor.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will start at $699 and $799 for the 64GB model, and the 256GB models will cost $849 and $949, respectively. Pre-order the phones on September 15th for a September 22 shipping date.
Reports started making the rounds back in early August that the new Apple Watch would have LTE connectivity, something that was confirmed today at the event. The Apple Watch Series 3 will not have to be connected to your phone to receive calls, iMessages, and stream music. The watch is slightly thicker than the last model, and the digital crown has a red dot on it, which sounds like a ridiculously insignificant detail to mention but it honestly adds a nice little touch of flair. A new W2 chip means a faster watch with longer battery life; up to 18 hours, according to Apple.
The new watch will be available on September 22nd and will run $329 for the non-LTE version and $399 for the LTE version.
Apple TV 4K
The Apple TV 4K supports of course supports 4K video, it's right there in the name, but it also supports HDR video and is compatibile with both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision specifications. What's really cool is that the iTunes Store will be selling 4K and HDR content at the same price as HD content, and if you already own a certain title, you can upgrade to 4K for free. Cool beans, Apple.
The Apple TV 4K ships on September 22nd and will cost $179.
iOS 11 and WatchOS 4
Lastly, we got release dates for iOS 11 and watchOS 4. Both will be available on September 19th. And don't forget that back in June at WWDC, Apple demonstrated 100+ new features in iOS 11.
So that's Apple's latest Keynote, the one where they unveiled the tenth anniversary iPhone and then rushed in some other stuff (though the Apple Watch LTE could be a game changer). If you're an iPhone fan, are you eyeing the X or the 8?