Ten years after the first iPhone revolutionized the cellphone industry, Apple announced its newest entry in the line during a special keynote event today. The keynote — which is the first-ever event to be held at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California — follows months of speculation about the iPhone 8. The smartphone will boast an edge-to-edge curved screen, facial recognition technology, wireless charging and an updated camera. It’s poised to shift the paradigm in the smartphone market, with a price tag to match: Apple users will have to shell out $1,000 to get their hands on a new device.
Apple announced a new lineup of iPhones, plus other tech updates, including a new watch and further details on its forthcoming HomePod speaker according to reports.
Being hailed as Apple’s “most important keynote in a few years,” the event focused on the unveiling of the iPhone 8, which features an edge-to-edge curved screen, facial recognition technology, wireless charging, an updated camera and price tag reaching $1,000. Also expected to be announced are updated versions of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus lines.
According to the Apple rumor mill, pre-orders for the iPhone 8 could begin three days after the event, which will be held in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s new futuristic headquarters, the Wall Street Journal reports. The keynote event also unveiled a new Apple Watch, a new and more powerful Apple TV box, and the company is expected to offer more details about its HomePod speakers.
Here’s what was announced at this year’s keynote: