Apple Unveils What it Calls the ‘Future of the Smartphone’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Tech giant Apple has unveiled a device it calls the future of the smartphone.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says iPhone X is “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.”

Gone are touch ID and the home button. Instead, iPhone X users will unlock their phones via facial recognition and swipe up to go home.

The Apple exec demonstrating the new phone on stage Tuesday, Sept. 12, failed on his first attempt to show off the new face ID software, but he quickly recovered, went to a backup phone, and got right in.

Another unprecedented new feature on the iPhone X is an interactive emoji — called the animoji —  that maps 50+ facial movements in real time.

The iPhone X will start at $999 when Apple starts taking orders in late October.

If that’s outside your budget, Apple’s also unveiled the new iPhone 8, which starts at $699. It’ll be available for pre-orders on Friday, Sept. 15.