Sep 12, 2017, 6:03 PM ET

What you need to know about the iPhone 8, iPhone X

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Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the release of the newest models of iPhones on Tuesday from the tech giant's new state-of-the-art campus in Cupertino, California.

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The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus -- which some may consider the natural evolution from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus -- will be joined by the rumored "anniversary" model: the higher-end iPhone X, Cook announced at the official opening of the Steve Jobs Theater.

Here's what you need to know about the latest iPhones.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is a "huge step forward" for the iPhone, Cook said. The phone's new design includes glass on both the front and back, allowing it to be charged wirelessly.

PHOTO: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone 8 during a launch event in Cupertino, Califo., Sept. 12, 2017.Stephen Lam/Reuters
Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone 8 during a launch event in Cupertino, Califo., Sept. 12, 2017.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will come in three colors: silver, space gray and a "beautiful new gold finish," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

The phone will also feature the new A11 Bionic chip, which Schiller described as "the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone."

PHOTO: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone 8 during a launch event in Cupertino, Calif., Sept. 12, 2017.Stephen Lam/Reuters
Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone 8 during a launch event in Cupertino, Calif., Sept. 12, 2017.

The improved camera will include a 12-megapixel sensor and take in over 80 percent more light for better photos in dim settings. A new feature called portrait lighting will allow users to select lighting effects in portrait mode. The new phones will also have the highest-quality video capture in a smartphone, Schiller said.

In addition, the iPhone 8 is the first smartphone designed for augmented reality, Schiller said.

PHOTO: Phil Schiller, Apples senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announces features of the new iPhone 8 at the Steve Jobs Theater, Sept. 12, 2017, in Cupertino, Calif.Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announces features of the new iPhone 8 at the Steve Jobs Theater, Sept. 12, 2017, in Cupertino, Calif.

The iPhone 8 will start at $699, and the iPhone 8 Plus will start at $799. Preorders for the iPhone start Sept. 18 and will be available Sept. 22. Both are available with 64GB and 256GB.

iPhone X

Cook described the iPhone X (pronounced "ten") as a "new generation of the iPhone" and a "biggest leap forward since the original iPhone."

More than 10 years after the first iPhone was introduced, Cook and Schiller showcased a brand new product: an iPhone featuring edge-to-edge screen.

Like the iPhone 8, both the front and back of the phone will be made of glass, but the iPhone X will also include a case made of stainless steel.

PHOTO: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPhone X during a media event at Apples new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Sept. 12, 2017.Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPhone X during a media event at Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Sept. 12, 2017.

The high-end model does not have a home button. To wake up the phone, users can simply tap the screen. To get to the home screen, users will will use the "simple" and "intuitive" move of swiping up from the bottom, Schiller said.

The iPhone X’s true depth camera will allow users to take selfies with portrait mode, and also comes with a portrait lighting feature.

Face ID technology will be used to unlock the phone, Schiller said. Users will simply have to look at the phone to unlock it.

The chance of a random person unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID is 1 in 1 million, Schiller said. The same chance with Touch ID is 1 in 50,000, he said.

The closer someone is genetically to the user, the more likely it is that the person will be able to unlock the user's phone, Schiller said, so there is an optional passcode feature to lock out an "evil twin."

"It adapts to your face over time," Schiller said.

Face ID will work with Apple Pay and third party apps in the same capacity that Touch ID is used.

Another new feature with the iPhone X is Animoji, which are animated emojis that mimic the user’s facial expressions.

The iPhone X has been engineered to be water and dust resistant at the microscopic level, Schiller said. It has a Super Retina display, which uses OLED technology and has the highest pixel density yet in iPhones, Schiller said.

The iPhone X will come in two colors: silver and space gray. It is priced at $999. Preorders will begin on Oct. 27, and the phone will start shipping on Nov. 3.

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  • Bret Zeller

    So basically Apple has created the poorly functional facial recognition we've had on Android for 4 generations? As a long time android user, the only thing I ever really liked about Apple was their seamless fingerprint reader, and they got rid of it, while Samsung kept theirs. That's a tough choice...

  • NathanBrazil

    Face recognition will be great for law enforcement. Will make it much easier to get the phone unlocked!

  • TexasVulcan

    Some of the comments here are pretty silly. Mostly from jealous people who can only afford a cheap Android phone. These are the same people I see every day that complain they cannot take any more pics as the phone is full.

    These people do not know how to download them to a computer. Many do not even own computers anymore. All they have is their phone.

    Sorry, but smart phones are essentially a mature product now. All the changes are "evolutionary" and not "revolutionary". That's how it works.

  • BobbyBarker

    What you need to know: fanboiz will be throwing thousands of dollars for new phones because Apple.

  • palase

    I was wandering about battery life which seems missing during the entire presentation.

  • sakibaba

    So what's new again here?

  • bubs

    i think i'm going to stick with my iphone 4