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Apple: Everything to expect from this week’s iPhone 8 event

Apple is holding its annual product launch jamboree this week. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, it is expected to be one of the company’s most exciting launch events ever.

Tim Cook is expected to take to the stage at the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple’s new campus in Cupertino, California to unveil a host of products including three iPhones, an Apple Watch and iOS 11.

Here’s everything Apple is expected to announced at 6pm UK time on Tuesday.

iPhone 8

The star of the show will be a next generation iPhone with an all-new design, launched in honour of the device’s 10th birthday. The iPhone 8, which could be called the iPhone X, iPhone Pro or iPhone Edition, is expected to have an edge-to-edge screen, no home button and glass back.

The flagship device is expected to cost $1,000 in the US, and possibly more than £1,000 in the UK.  It is likely to come in three colours – white, black and copper – and run iOS 11.

 

Apple is rumoured to have ditched the home button and Touch ID on the device to make way for the larger screen. It will replace the fingerprint sensor with facial recognition technology that can recognise the owner, according to reports.

The iPhone 8 will also feature new augmented reality uses, iPhone-to-iPhone payments and come with wireless charging, reports suggest.

iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus

In addition to the iPhone 8, Apple will probably upgrade its current handsets. possibly under the name iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. Tradition dictates the new devices will have faster processors, improved battery life and minor enhancements such as better cameras.

They will be cheaper than the iPhone 8, probably costing close to the £599 and £799 of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Apple Watch

There have been multiple reports that Apple will debut a new smartwatch at the event this week, to be called the Apple Watch 3. The new device could work independently from the iPhone for the first time, coming with a SIM card that can connect to the internet for messages and browsing.

It is likely to have a similar design to the current Watch, but could also support peer-to-peer payments.

4K Apple TV

Cook could also announce a new generation of the Apple TV that supports 4K and HDR video. The fifth version of the smart television product would be the first upgrade since 2015. It could cost between £149 and £199.

HomePod

Apple unveiled its HomePod smart speaker, which is controlled by Siri, at its annual developer’s conference in June. It announced that it would be out in December and cost $349, but we didn’t get a UK price.

Nor did the company give us much detail on how exactly it would work. Will it support Bluetooth, or phone calls?

iOS 11

Every year Apple releases a new software alongside its latest smartphone. This year, it is iOS 11, which includes iPhone-to-iPhone payments, a re-designed control centre and Siri translation.

Apple normally confirms a release date for its software alongside the launch of its new phones. Last year, iOS 10 went live on September 13, three days before the iPhone 7 went on sale. That would mean iOS 11 could be available from September 19.

Expect a lot of time to be devoted to ARKit, Apple’s new developer software for augmented reality.

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Apple iPhone 8’s 3D Face-Scanning Feature Revealed In HomePod’s Firmware

Developer Steve Stroughton-Smith tweeted Sunday revealing that the HomePod firmware has confirmed a rumored iPhone 8 feature. The iPhone 8 is expected to feature an infra-red front camera with 3D face unlocking capability, according to the tweet.

Stroughton-Smith further revealed that Apple will have a biometric kit for developers while another iOS developer Guilherme Rambo confirmed that the iPhone 8 will have an edge-to-edge display with a large screen-to-body ratio.


All these revelations have been sourced by the developers from the firmware of the company smart speaker, the HomePod. Stroughton Smith had also revealed some HomePod features confirmed by the same firmware last week.

Going by the rumors, leaks, and revelations that have been surfacing lately, Apple is more or less confirmed to ditch its traditional Touch ID home button. Instead, it was rumored to go for facial recognition or a display-embedded fingerprint sensor. Now that official HomePod firmware has seemingly confirmed the existence of facial recognition on the device, chances are that the device might not feature a display-embedded fingerprint sensor.

Previous reports stated it has been difficult for companies such as Apple and Facebook to feature a display-embedded fingerprint sensor due to production line issues. The Samsung Galaxy S8 was also rumored to feature one during early 2017, but the phone finally featured a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device.

An edge-to-edge display is expected to be a single glass layer and a display-embedded sensor would disrupt its continuity. Furthermore, the displays being made by Samsung are expected to be more sensitive than traditional bezel displays and to deliver the touchscreen sensitivity along with the sensor might be difficult currently as per the current display technology.

The fact that besides an ARKit, Apple could provide a BiometricKit to developers indicates that the iPhone 8’s face recognition capabilities might be used for more than just unlocking the device. Chances are that the phone’s front camera might be used for making payments or unlocking individual apps.

The inclusion of face recognition technology might give the iPhone 8 an edge over rivals such as Samsung Galaxy S8.

According to a render sourced by Engadget, the iPhone 8 could feature a glass back, which would make long-distance wireless charging possible on the device. A wireless charging coil is expected to be featured under the rear chassis. The device is also expected to have AR-based features and a multi-sensor camera at the back.

The iPhone 8 is expected to also feature 3D imaging capabilities, which might help the company entice gamers.

The device is also expected to include an improved version of the Siri voice assistant on the device, which will compete with Samsung’s Bixby and Google Assistant.