There is no disputing that Apple changed the world with the iPhone, creating an entirely new industry of billion-dollar, app-based companies. The first iPhone was released in 2007 and, in appropriate Apple fashion, it eventually released the groundbreaking iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X. Alongside these new smartphones, Apple introduced updates to the iPhone and iPad operating systems. These will bring a swath of new features, including animated emojis, Apple Pay through iMessage, and a smarter Siri. To help you digest all these new products and changes, the following will explain the new iPhones and their features.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Both the 8 and 8 Plus have improved processors, cameras, and stereo speakers that are 25 percent louder than the iPhone 7. Apple claims the improved processors and chips will enhance speed by up to 70 percent. Both smartphones feature dual 12-megapixel cameras and Portrait Lighting mode, which simulates lighting effects while taking a portrait.
The durable glass backing will allow you to wirelessly charge your phone. Unfortunately, the 3.5mm headphone jack is still gone. Both phones will use the retina display; the 8 has a 4.7-inch screen while the 8 Plus has a 5.5 inch screen. Apple also introduced the True Tone feature, which can adjust the white-light balance on the screen based on ambient light in the background, creating smoother viewing. The iPhone 8 will run you $699, and the 8 Plus will start at $799.
iPhone X and FaceID
The smartphone everyone has been waiting for, the iPhone X, is a limited-edition phone that features a nearly all display screen at 5.8 inches edge-to-edge. Apple removed the Home button and replaced it with FaceID for this model. The X touts a “Super Retina” display, which is a super version of the retina display on the 7 and 8 models.
FaceID works like using your thumbprint, except it uses a map of your face. Apple doesn’t store an image of your face, but scans your face and applies a proprietary algorithm that recognizes key points. Even with the data and the algorithm, it can’t be used to reconstruct an image of your face. FaceID will require you to pose from several different angles to allow you to activate the phone seamlessly. Picking up the iPhone X will cost you at least $999, but its new features and space upgrade will be worth the cost.
The iOS 11 Update
iOS is the operating system for the iPad and iPhone. iOS 11 is the latest update for these devices. It simplifies the control center, which you can bring up by “swiping up” from the bottom of your phone. iOS 11 also introduced an improved Siri, new camera features (like Portrait Mode), and improved augmented reality (PokemonGo is the best-known example of AR). This update also improved Notes and has given the ability to send money through iMessage.
Apple now allows users to record tutorials of them performing a function on their phone to send it to family and friends. Now, you don’t need to wait for your child to come home to help you set-up your email or log into the WiFi.
The updates have also come with upgraded emojis. Emojis are the icons you’ve seen all over social media and even the news. Animojis are the radical introduction of moving emojis. Now, your smiley face won’t be static; it will shake its head or perform other actions, which brings more interaction and entertainment to communication.
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