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It’s official: Apple’s flagship iPhone X is here

The company also announced iPhones 8 and 8 Plus at its launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater on Tuesday.

Apple introduced its much-awaited tenth anniversary handset, the iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) at its launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater in San Jose on Tuesday. It has a new 5.8-inch display, called the Super Retina Display, and as predicted, the phone will only unlock once it recognises its owner’s face.

"Only evil twins can unlock your phone", said Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple.
"Only evil twins can unlock your phone", said Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple.

Some more iPhone X specifications – it has no home button, comes with a glass back, dual camera, and a small ridge cutting into the top of its 5.8-inch screen. This is the three times faster than the “fastest phone ever”, according to WIRED. Its battery life is two hours longer than the iPhone 7’s.

The tenth anniversary iPhone X is probably the most leaked of Apple’s products in recent history and while the basic 64 GB model is $999 (almost Rs 64,000), it will come in a more expensive 256 GB variant too. It can be ordered from October 27.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Apple also announced two other new phones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The 8 will have a 4.7-inch Retina Display, while the iPhone 8 Plus will have a 5.5-inch one. Both will have glass on the front and back and come with wireless charging, called qi (pronounced chi). They will run on a new chip, the A11 Bionic.

The iPhone 8 Plus will cost $799 (around Rs 51,100) and the iPhone 8, $699 (around Rs 44,700).

The company also put out its Watch Series 3, the first official product announcement it made. Apple’s watch is now the world’s largest selling one, having beaten Rolex, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said. The watch will come with AirPods and Apple Music, among other things. It also has a faster processor. The cellular version will cost $399 (around Rs 25,500).

The company also introduced its Apple TV 4K.

Products aside, the venue itself has been much talked about, since this was Apple’s first event there. The theatre, which looks like a spaceship from afar, is considered by many to be the final product designed by Steve Jobs, who died in 2011.

Apple Inc has sold more than 1.2 billion iPhones over the past decade, though it is now only the world’s third biggest smartphone maker. Samsung has dominated the number one spot, while China’s Huawei surpassed Apple to get to number two in August, according to Counterpoint Research’s Market Pulse. On Tuesday, Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 8.

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The PBG badge is worn by one of the oldest cavalry units in the India army. In 1773, Governor Warren Hastings, former Governor General of India, handpicked 50 troopers. Before independence, this unit was referred to by many titles including Troops of Horse Guards and Governor General’s Body Guards (GGBG). In 1950, the unit was named The President’s Bodyguard and can be seen embroidered in the curved maroon shoulder titles on their current uniforms.

The President’s Bodyguard’s uniform adorns itself with proud colours and symbols of its 245 year-old-legacy. Dating back to 1980, the ceremonial uniform consists of a bright red long coat with gold girdles and white breeches, a blue and gold ceremonial turban with a distinctive fan and Napoleon Boots with spurs. Each member of the mounted unit carries a special 3-meter-long bamboo cavalry lance, decorated by a red and white pennant. A sheathed cavalry sabre is carried in in the side of the saddle of each trooper.

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Since their foundation, the President’s Guard has won many battle honors. In 1811, they won their first battle honor ‘Java’. In 1824, they sailed over Kalla Pani for the first Burmese War and earned the second battle honour ‘Ava’. The battle of Maharajapore in 1843 won them their third battle honor. Consequently, the PBG fought in the main battles of the First Sikh War and earned four battle honours. Post-independence, the PBG served the country in the 1962 Indo-China war and the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

The PBG, one of the senior most regiments of the Indian Army, is a unique unit. While the uniform is befitting of its traditional and ceremonial role, the badges that augment those threads, tell the story of its impressive history and victories.

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