December 16 2017

Sen. Al Franken Has A Couple Concerns About Apple's New Face ID

December 16 2017, 03:04 | Geraldine Moore

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will launch in September with wireless charging new cameras

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will launch in September with wireless charging new cameras

Along with the launch, Apple has released the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, two iterations closer to previous iPhones. The new platform will roll out to existing iPhone users on September 19. Though wireless charging is one of the key features of the new iPhone models, it won't support fast charging.

Apple's keynote took place on September 12, unveiling the company's upcoming products to the world. Sprint's program is available to those sending in an iPhone 6 or later, Samsung Galaxy S7 or later and other select smartphones. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus go up for pre-order Friday morning and will ship next Friday.

Sky Mobile has become the first United Kingdom operator to cough on pricing detail.

However, a more major talking point concerns the pricing, with the top model going for $1,149 and a more modest model costing $999. While iPhone X was the most spectacular and most uniquely designed phone, the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus looked very similar to their predecessors. Per tests by, the iPhone 7 Plus display offered a contrast ratio of 1591 to 1 (better than the rated 1300 to 1), a color error of just 1.4 (the closer to zero, the better), and a grayscale error of just 1.3 (again, the closer to zero, the better). Interested customers can register their interest here. As Apple has always been a trendsetter in the industry, the high price tag could have a big impact on the market as well as consumer spending.

A friendly letter from Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to Apple requests that the latter provide a few more details on the tech behind its Face ID system, which allows users to unlock their iPhone X using facial recognition.

There are other new features as well, such as support for wireless charging (finally) and better/louder speakers, but all this adds up to one question. Exchange offers are available on this phone as well. In order to power all these features, the phone is embedded with an A11 bionic chip.

It's very far from a nastygram; the Senator pretty clearly just wants to cover a bit more ground than Apple had time for in its presentation yesterday. According to Apple, the processor will improve the performance of Siri to a large extent, including the addition of Augmented Reality features. That is of course for you to decide, but this iPhone user might actual sit out this round - playing the flagship smartphone game these days is getting incredibly pricey these days. The 8 Plus, meanwhile, has dual 12mp sensors, with a f/1.8 wide-angle lens and f/2.8 telephoto lens.

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