As promised, Apple has introduced the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus to audiences this morning. They, also, revealed the new iPhone X, but we will get to that device a little later. One important note, this will be the first iPhone that will not have the arbitrary “S” at the end of the name. This will be the first device in eight years to not have that distinction. It, finally, has seemed to ditch that difference while other manufactures move up to the next number.
The widely reported (and almost confirmed) rumor was the new backing that would allow the phone to handle wireless charging. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will have a glass backing which will allow the devices to use wireless charging, since they still do not provide the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Normally, apple changes something in their devices that prevent people from using massively popular third-party equipment on their devices. This will mark the first time that Apple decided to use the traditional Qi charging standard, so you do not have to get a new wireless charger for their new iPhone device.
The display will offer their True Tone display technology, which is similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, that adjusts the ambient light in the room to offer more accurate colors automatically.
Apple has upgraded the processor from the A10 Fusion from the 7 to the A11 Bionic. It’s a six-core chip with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster than the A10, and four performance cores that the company says are 70 percent faster that the old model. There’s also a new Apple-designed GPU that’s 30 percent faster, with the same performance as the A10 at half the power.
On the camera side, there’s a new 12-megapixel sensor on the iPhone 8 that is larger, faster, and has optical image stabilization. Better late than never to the party. The iPhone 8 Plus also has new sensors, and offers f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures now. The dual cameras on the 8 Plus also have a new “Portrait Lighting” feature to adjust the lighting for portrait shots. And Apple says that the improvements apply to video, too, claiming that the new devices have the “highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone,” with support for 4K/60fps video. Slow motion videos now support up to 1080p resolution at 240fps, doubling the iPhone 7’s 120fps option.
Apple has gotten into the augmented reality market. The iPhone 8 is the first smartphone designed for augmented reality, with cameras calibrated for AR, along with a new gyroscope and accelerometer for better motion tracking.
The iPhone 8 will come in three colors: space grey, silver, and gold. The 8 model will start at $699 for a 64GB model, while the 8 Plus will start at $799 for 64GB of storage. Both models will also have larger 256GB models, for $849 and $949, respectively. The two phones will be available for preorder starting Friday, September 15th, with a release date a week later on September 22nd.
As rumors suggested the new higher priced iPhone, will be the iPhone X. The phone is their top-of-the-line model and will come with edge-to-edge display. As previously reported, the release of the device will be more than a month later than the two 8 models. The base model will start at $999 and will come in two configurations (like the 8 models) of 64GB and 256GB.
As expected, there’s no home button; Touch ID has been ditched in favor of facial recognition. The iPhone X has what Apple calls a Super Retina display, True Tone technology, and the highest pixel density of any iPhone (458 ppi). It supports HDR, including both the Dolby Vision and HDR10 standards.
The iPhone X also has improved cameras with optical image stabilization, a “Portrait Lighting” mode, and updates for Apple’s augmented reality platform, ARKit. The phone also has an increased battery life, Qi wireless charging capabilities, and a glass front and back. It will be available in space gray and silver. An Apple-made wireless charger called AirPower is coming next year. Because, why not.
Preorders for the iPhone X will begin on October 27th with shipping planned to begin November 3rd.