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Apple has revealed its revolutionary mobile the iPhone X, which ditches the traditional home button for an all-screen design in a host of radical changes.
Chief Executive Tim Cook hailed the design as the “the biggest leap forward since the first iPhone” at the launch event on Tuesday, with top-end models of the iPhone X set to cost £1,149.
The smartphone is a complete re-design of Apple’s traditional model, swapping the fingerprint sensor for a facial scanner and featuring the first edge-to-edge display.
It will come in two colours, grey and silver, and will be available to pre-order in the UK from October 27 ahead of its official release date on November 3.
Alongside the exclusive iPhone X, Apple also unveiled the cheaper iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which both support wireless charging for the first time, as well as improved cameras and processors.
Both devices feature glass rears for the first time alongside the wireless charging capabilities added to the smartphones.
The iPhone X is the first model to use an OLED screen and the first to have a Super Retina display.
The 5.8-inch screen fills most of the front panel, and as a result the traditional home button is gone from the X.
Instead users can swipe upwards to unlock the device and leave apps.
The Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which has been a feature of the smartphone since the iPhone 5, has been replaced by Face ID – facial recognition technology that scans a user’s face to unlock the device.
It works in daylight and at night, Apple said.
The technology is also at work in Animoji, a new emoji feature enabling users to animate emojis using their own face, changing the expressions of the characters on screen.
The dual real cameras on the X – both 12-megapixel – also both feature optical image stabilisation for the first time.
With prices starting at £999, the smartphone is the most expensive ever released by Apple.
At the launch event in California on Tuesday, Apple chief Tim Cook hailed the iPhone X as a smartphone that “will set the path for technology for the next decade.”
The iPhone 8 and 8s were met with some criticism on social media during the launch event, with some blasting the phone for appearing too similar to the previous model.
The dimensions of both are familiar – with the 8 having a 4.7-inch screen and the 8 Plus a 5.5-inch display.
In the case of the 8 Plus these are dual cameras, and also feature a new technology called Portrait Lighting for the first time.
This uses machine learning technology to improve lighting on faces seen in portrait photography.
Elsewhere, the 8 and 8 Plus also house the new A11 bionic chip, which Apple says improves processing time and efficiency on the device.
The iPhone 8 will start at £699, and the 8 Plus £799, with both devices going on sale on September 22.
Apple also unveiled its latest watch which allows users to make calls, send messages and stream music without a connection to a smartphone.
The Apple Watch Series 3 will launch exclusively with EE on September 22.
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