What to Expect at Apple’s iPhone 8 Event

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Today’s the day Apple will be debuting its much-anticipated 10th-anniversary iPhone known as the iPhone X but more commonly identified as the iPhone 8. This handset alongside the actual iPhone 8, 8 Plus, new Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE, 4K Apple TV, and more will all be announced onstage at the newly-constructed Steve Jobs at the company’s new campus in Cupertino, CA starting at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET when CEO Tim Cook is expected to show up. You can watch the event unfold by visiting Apple’s website on an iOS or Mac device with Safari, any Windows 10 PC with Microsoft Edge, or any modern Apple TV.

As for specifics surrounding the announcements, Apple’s new iPhone X is expected to arrive with an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED display in the form factor similar to that of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. The device will lose some hardware such as the Home button and Touch ID sensor and instead will opt for new software tricks and Face ID, a new 3D IR-powered facial recognition system that should be as secure as a fingerprint scanner. In addition, a notch will sit at the top of the phone and house the earpiece, front-facing camera, and necessary sensors for Face ID. A tweaked dual camera array will sit on the back, while the device is expected to ship in an all-glass enclosure, therefore enabling wireless charging.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are expected to also offer glass builds and wireless charging alongside a new A11 processor similar to what’ll be offered in the iPhone X. They’ll maintain the same form factors as the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, however, so don’t be expecting major redesigns in this case similar to the 10th-anniversary iPhone. Additionally, the successors to the 7 and 7 Plus are expected to cost $649 and $769 respectively, whereas the iPhone X will likely start at $999.

As for the Apple Watch, no major redesigns are expected this year for Series 3. Of course, we’ll see new bands and such, but that’ll likely be it. Rather, a new model will be introduced which will add LTE connectivity to the wearable. A report that just surfaced details how the watch will function when paired to your iPhone what with it having cellular data connectivity. Essentially, it’ll use the same phone number as your phone, be able to receive all calls and texts while your phone is at home, and carriers may even offer special discounts for it.

Finally, a 4K HDR-enabled Apple TV fifth-generation is also expected to launch. Under the working title of “Apple TV 4K,” this model will likely be capable of pushing 4K content to compatible TVs alongside those that can take advantage of High Dynamic Range. A new 4K 60 FPS video standard will also likely be viewable on the set-top-box, and it should be since the iPhone X will likely shoot in that format.

Of course, not only will Apple talk about all of this stuff. but they’ll also likely mention iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 while also mentioning more details surrounding the HomePod. We’ll be covering everything they annouce here at Matridox, so stay tuned.

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