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Apple unveils revamped iPhone 8 handsets

Apple unveils revamped iPhone 8 handsets
From BBC - September 12, 2017

Apple has unveiled its first smartphones to feature in-built wireless charging.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also have glass backs and feature faster processors, improved camera sensors and louder speakers than earlier models.

The firm is later expected to unveil a higher-end X model, if an earlier leak proves accurate.

Analysts have predicted it will be the first mainstream handset to be priced above $1,000/1,000.

Apple's previous flagship phones - the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - caused controversy by abandoning a traditional headphone socket.

"It is amusing that today's announcements may prompt many people to think that Apple invented wireless charging, even though the technology was first debuted on smartphones by Palm in 2009," commented Geoff Blaber from the CCS Insight consultancy.

"Nokia, LG, Samsung and others have also supported it for years

"The difference is that Apple has the gravitas and marketing clout to kick-start widespread adoption of a feature with which others have failed."

The new iPhones coincide with the release of iOS 11 - the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system.

It introduces ARKit - software development tools that make it easier for developers to add augmented reality features to their apps, in which graphics are mixed together with real-world views.

Marketing chief Phil Schiller showed off one app that showed real-time stats about a sports match that could be seen over the action by spectators at a game.

Another demo involved the Machines, a multiplayer robot-battle game that can be played over views of close-by table tops and other surfaces.

The facility will not work on the iPhone 6 or older devices, so may provide a means to convince owners of ageing Apple kit to upgrade.

"When Apple first introduced the iPhone users were unsure about how touchscreens would benefit them, but now we know that they are a great way to use a device," said Brian Blau, a tech industry analyst at Gartner.

"The same thing will happen with augmented reality - it's as important as touch, if not more.

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