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With Apple set to unveil its new flagship phones next Tuesday, 9to5Mac has been busy rummaging through the leaked Golden Master build of iOS 11 for new intel.

The most notable news to emerge are the names of the new devices. As well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the top of the line model, said to be priced just under $1,000, has been mysteriously christened the iPhone X.

Another interesting development is the dawn of Animoji: 3D-generated emoji which work in tandem with facial tracking to create customized expressions. Rabbits, dogs, chickens, robots and pandas are all included in the new build. (How long before they become annoying, though?)

Photographers, meanwhile, will be glad to hear of a new portrait lighting mode which supports “Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono and Studio Light.” The article claims the mode enhancement could be related to the flash when shooting, allowing the user to tweak it as they see fit.

9to5mac then reveals some of the wallpapers available on the new devices. (Who knew Tim Cook was such a fan of the ZX Spectrum?)

Getting to the serious stuff, it looks as if Apple is ditching its Touch ID security in favor of Face ID, allowing users to unlock their phones by staring into the camera. 9to5Mac demonstrated the new software with this tutorial video.

Staying with tech, the OLED iPhone X will also boast True Tone Display, which automatically adjusts the white balance of the screen for improved readability. As previous leaks have suggested, the Home button will be ditched entirely. Instead, the power button will become more prominent; for example, the user will able to call up apps by double pressing it.

Finally, we can take a look at the first leaked image of the new LTE Apple Watch Series 3, complete with a reworked face and Digital Crown.

Will you be copping the iPhone X when it arrives? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

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