iPhone X: Apple launches 10-year anniversary smartphone

iPhone X: Apple launches 10-year anniversary smartphone

iPhone X: Apple launches 10-year anniversary smartphone

Updated 13 September 2017, 5:40 AEST

Apple rolls out the 10-year anniversary model of its game-changing smartphone, dubbed the iPhone X, marking the company's biggest product launch in years.

Apple has rolled out the 10-year anniversary model of the iPhone, dubbed the iPhone X, marking the company's biggest product launch in years.

"iPhone X … this really is the future," Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the launch.

Among the new iPhone's most remarkable features — which were leaked and heavily speculated upon ahead of the launch — are wireless charging, integrated augmented reality tools and facial recognition, as well as significant improvements in battery life and screen size and resolution.

The X model iPhone was introduced as a special, high-end anniversary model in a series of new iPhone launches, which included the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

The 8 models share many of the same new features, but do not have facial recognition or the full iPhone-length glass screen, although they are less taxing on the pocket.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are set to start at $US699 ($870) and $US799 ($996) respectively, whereas the X — pronounced 10, not the letter X — will start at $US999 ($1,245).

The iPhone X, however, will not be available to order until October 27, whereas the iPhone 8 can be ordered this week.

Mr Cook announced the launch at the Steve Jobs Auditorium at Apple's new campus — never before opened to the public — with a tribute to co-founder and former CEO Jobs, who died in 2011.

The Apple building itself was considered to be Jobs' final product, and Cook spent a few minutes boasting about the design, energy-saving features and public spaces at the new campus, including a flagship Apple Store.

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