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Apple unveils iPhone X; 10th-anniversary model starts at $999

Seung Lee, The Mercury News on

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CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Ten years ago, Steve Jobs stepped onto the stage at the Moscone convention center in San Francisco to unveil the iPhone, not fully knowing the transformational power it would have on Apple, Silicon Valley, the internet and the entire world.

On Tuesday, his successor, Tim Cook, unveiled the company's latest model, the iPhone X, in a state-of-the-art Cupertino theater named after Jobs.

"It is only fitting we are here in this place to reveal a product that will set the path for this technology for the next decade," said Cook.

The iPhone X will have end-to-end screen display with a "Super Retina" display made of glass -- and no home button. To unlock it, users can either shake the phone or swipe their finger up the screen. The iPhone X can be opened using facial recognition through new "TrueDepth" camera sensors on the front side, which Apple calls "Face ID," replacing the fingerprint "Touch ID" feature.

Apple says it tested its new Face ID technology to prevent the cameras from being fooled by photographs and masks.

Pre-orders for the iPhone X will begin Oct. 27, and the phone will be available on Nov. 3. The 64 gigabyte-phone will cost $999.

Despite having more features, the iPhone X's charge will last two hours longer than the iPhone 7's, according to Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing. The iPhone X will have wireless charging and is water- and dust-resistant.

Apple also announced the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, cheaper alternatives that are natural extensions of the existing models. Like iPhone X, these new phones have wireless charging, an improved portrait mode and the same new A11 "Bionic" processor as the X.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will cost $699 and $799, respectively, and be available on Sept. 22.

Apple will also make its newest models for Watch and TV available on the same day. The Watch will have cellular connection, and the TV will be 4K-compatible.

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