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Apple launches iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus


KATHMANDU — Apple has launched its much-anticipated iPhone X, a redesigned product of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge display, and new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus on Tuesday.

Launching the iPhone X, Apple CEO Tim Cook called it “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.” The new iPhone X is placed above the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and has several features that the other two models do not.

The main features are the bezel-less design, along with the Face ID facial recognition system and more. In fact, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor — a staple of the iPhones since the iPhone 5s — had to make way for the bezel-less design, thus Face ID is the only means of identity authentication.

The company has also introduced an updated smartwatch and an upgraded streaming video system for 4K high-definition television.

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1) iPhone X

The iPhone X comes in two  with 64GB storage, and the 256GB, and features wireless charging, an infrared camera and special hardware for facial recognition, which will replace the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone.

The home button found on previous iPhones is also not present, and users will instead tap the device to wake it up.

The company has pushed the screen resolution to 1125×2436 pixels, more than any previous generation iPhone models, and calls it the Super Retina HD Display.

The screen on the iPhone X is about the size of the current iPhone 7 plus, though the phone itself is smaller. It features richer colours thanks to a new technology called OLED that other vendors such as Samsung are also rolling out.

The iPhone X features 12-megapixel dual rear cameras, that are larger (f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures), and faster. It has deeper pixels, quad-LED True Tone flash, Schiller said. For the 7-megapixel selfie camera, the company says it is bringing Portrait mode feature, which it introduced with the iPhone 7 Plus last year.

The phone starts will cost $999 in the US which is twice what the original iPhone did. It sets a new price threshold for any smartphone intended to appeal to a mass market.

2) iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Apple iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus resemble the iPhone 7 line but have a glass back for wireless charging. The new phones feature Apple’s first proprietary graphics processor, which provides greater speed, improved cameras and some features for augmented reality apps.

The cheapest phones have 64GB of memory, up from 32GB in previous models, and will sell for $699 and $799.

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3) Watch Series 3

The company has also introduced an upgraded Apple Watch, which can make phone calls and access the internet without the user carrying an iPhone.

The Series 3 model will also have Apple Music available through cellular service. “Now, you can go for a run with just your watch,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer and in charge of Watch development.

Apple is also adding more fitness features to the Watch, and says it is now the most used heartrate monitor in the world. Now, Apple Watch will notify users when it detects an elevated heart rate when they don’t appear to be active. It’ll also detect abnormal heart rhythms.

The Series 3 will start at $399. One without cellular goes for $329, down from $369 for the comparable model now. The original Series 1, without GPS, sells for $249, down from $269.