Apple announces three new iPhones including a new, premium model

Apple has announced three new iPhones, including a new, redesigned model that features a hefty price tag.

Chief executive Tim Cook revealed the new devices along with a new Apple Watch and Apple TV device at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday morning.

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iPHONE X

Apple's new premium device - pronounced 10, not "x" - will have one version that will cost more than $2000.

It is bigger than previous models at 5.8-inches and it has an edge-to-edge screen which means there is no home button.

Instead of pushing the home button, you swipe up from the bottom to get to the home screen. It's also been partly replaced by a larger side button which can be used to activate Siri.

The fingerprint scanner on home button has been replaced by using your face and the front camera to unlock your iPhone.

 

Apple says FaceID is more secure than its Touch ID fingerprint scanners that are used on other iPhones. It can also be used to animate emojis that you can share.

The phone also has a better display than other iPhones - Apple's version of OLED which is brighter and has better colours than standard screens.

It has wireless charging - a feature also coming to the iPhone 8 - which is done by placing the phone on a pad.

 

This is a feature already available on many high-end Android phones.

The X also features a dual lens camera that is better than other iPhones. Also improved is the battery life - it should last two hours longer than the iPhone 8, according to Apple.

It has a glass back and comes in two colours - grey and silver.

The new iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen.
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The new iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen.

In New Zealand, the iPhone X will cost $1799 (64GB) or $2099 (256GB). They will be available for pre-order on October 27 and on sale from November 3.

iPHONE 8 and 8 Plus

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Apple also announced two new models to replace the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Not much has changed physically except they now have a glass back. The sizes - 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch - are the same.

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It comes in three colours - silver, grey and a new gold colour - and two storage sizes - 64GB and 256GB.

Apple spent a lot of time showcasing the phone's ability with augmented reality, including games.

AR lets you overlay a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X have wireless charging.
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The iPhone 8 and iPhone X have wireless charging.

Most of the other changes are internal - faster processor - and incremental - improved camera software.

Some of the biggest improvement will come through the new operating system, iOS 11, which will be released on September 19.

In New Zealand, the iPhone 8 will cost $1249 (64GB) or $1549 (256GB) and the 8 Plus will cost $1449 (64GB) or $1749 (256GB). They will be available for pre-order on September 15 and on sale from September 22.

APPLE TV

The new Apple TV device will have the capability to stream 4K and HDR movies and shows.

4K has four times the number of pixels than high definition while HDR provides more realistic colours.

You'll need to have a 4K television and 4K content to get the benefit of those features.

At the moment, there's little 4K and HDR content available with Netflix having a few dozen shows to stream in New Zealand.

However, Apple is soon going to have 4K movies available through iTunes.

Two other main features, a streaming TV app and live sport, will not be available in New Zealand.

The design of the device and remote has not changed.

In New Zealand, the Apple TV 4K will cost $299 (32GB) or $339 (64GB). They will be available for pre-order on September 15 and in shops from September 22.

APPLE WATCH 

Kiwis will miss out on the best new feature of the Apple Watch - cellular connectivity.

One version of the new Series 3 will have a built-in SIM card so you can stay connected online while you're out and about.

It means you can take and receive phone calls or stream music anywhere there's a mobile connection.

However, it won't be available in New Zealand when it's released later this month.

Kiwis will still be able to buy the non-cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 3.

The Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) will be priced from $529 and be available for pre-order on September 15 and in shops from September 22.

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 - Stuff

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