Apple has unveiled a new flagship phone, the iPhone X, which has been described “the biggest leap forward” since the original iPhone was released 10 years ago.
During an event at the new campus theater named for the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, on Tuesday, Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced the top-of-line handset the iPhone X — pronounced 10 – along with a new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
“Ten years later, it is only fitting that we are here in this place, on this day to reveal a product that will set the path for technology for the next decade,” he said.
The iPhone X supports a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge screen and is capable of using facial recognition to unlock and utilizes a “super retina” display.
It will be available on November 3 for the starting price of $999, while the iPhone 8 and 8Plus will be available by the end of the month for $699 and $799.
Apple recently dropped Iranian apps from its store, citing US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Tehran is under unilateral American sanctions despite a 2015 nuclear accord reached between the US and its allies and Iran. President Donald Trump has imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic and threatened to tear up the agreement.
Users in Iran have responded by creating a Twitter hashtag #StopRemovingIranianApps to call attention to the issue.
Iran has about 48 million smartphone users in the country of more than 80 million. Apple’s market in Iran is related to iPhone holders who number in the upwards of 7 million. Google is the top visited website in Iran according to Alexa ranking.