The Morning After: Wednesday, September 13th 2017

The Morning After: Wednesday, September 13th 2017
From Engadget - September 13, 2017

Wait, where's the home button?
Apple's $999 iPhone X packs an edge-to-edge display and dual cameras

Apple CEO Tim Cook just unveiled the biggest redesign of the iPhone we have seen yet. The iPhone X (that's "ten") is dominated by a massive screen that takes up the entire front of the display. Just as on Samsung's Galaxy S8, the bezels are barely there, though the iPhone X has a cutout at the top of the phone to allow for the front-facing camera and sensors. The lack of bezels means the phone is not that much bigger than the iPhone 8, yet the display is bigger than the iPhone Plus models with 5.7 inches of screen to paw at.

Wireless charging reaches the iPhone.
Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus wrap more power in a glass-backed design

After all those tantalizing leaks, you wo not have to wait much longer to handle one. Both iPhone 8 models, which mark a return to glass-backed design, with a powerful-sounding new processor inside, will go on preorder September 15th, with a launch date of September 22nd. The major takeaway is the addition of Qi wireless charging on both, as well as even more camera improvements. For the bigger iPhone 8 Plus, prices start at $799, while iPhone 8 shoppers will have to contend with an entry-level price of $699. And yes, all three colors (silver, space gray and gold aluminum) will be coming to both phones. We got to play with both.

Sizing up the competition.How does the iPhone X fare against the best phones of 2017?

Bezel-less phones are here. But Apple faces internal competition as much as external. Why buy the iPhone 8 Plus when the iPhone X comes a little later? Or why spend hundreds more on Apple's highest-specced phone when Android rivals can do similar for less. Chew over these facts, my friend.

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