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Apple iPhone X: Updated features, prices and availability

The rumors are true.

Apple Holds Product Launch Event At New Campus In Cupertino Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Rani Molla is a senior correspondent at Vox and has been focusing her reporting on the future of work. She has covered business and technology for more than a decade — often in charts — including at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

Apple unveiled its new iPhone X (pronounced “ten”) at its much-anticipated event today. Apple also skipped the “S” update to the iPhone 7, instead unveiling an “all-new” glass design called iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Here’s what you should know about the new iPhones.

iPhone X

  • Costs $999. Pre-orders start Oct. 27, with shipments starting Nov. 3.
  • Facial recognition to unlock the phone, using new “TrueDepth” camera system to take an IR image that uses more than 30,000 IR dots to model your face
  • The same face-scanning system will also power new animated emoji, which will read your facial expressions for custom, live animations in messages, or animoji
  • Wireless Qi charging through the AirPower accessory
  • No home button, swipe up from the bottom instead
  • Made of “surgical-grade stainless steel”
  • Comes in space gray and silver with a “pearlescence” to the glass
  • 5.8” diagonal “Super Retina” display, 2.7 million pixels, highest resolution in pixel density in an iPhone
  • The iPhone X 12-megapixel camera includes dual optical image stabilization, “quad-LED” flash and better selfies up front — but it doesn’t sound revolutionarily different from the iPhone 8 camera system

iPhone 8 and 8+

  • Costs $699 for the 8 and $799 for the 8+ and will be available Sept. 22
  • Includes support for new AR — augmented reality — apps, which display graphics over the “real world”
  • Both front and back made of glass
  • Wireless Qi charging through the phone’s glass back
  • Available in silver, space gray and a new gold finish
  • Has improved, more vivid, “true tone” screen, and faster chips
  • Apple says its glass is the most durable yet, and the phone is sealed for waterproofing
  • Better camera quality: 12-megapixel sensor, dual camera and portrait lighting
  • Highest-quality video capture in a smartphone, according to Apple

See live updates from the Apple’s event here.

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