Introduced in 2007, the iPhone changed the way we look at mobile technology. Equipped with a touch Retina display, Siri and App Store the phone revolutionized the mobile industry, proving that smartphones are not only reliable tools of communication, but also irreplaceable life companions. Today at its iPhone-dedicated press conference, Apple skipped the iPhone 7S lineup and presented the iPhone 8 and its bigger sibling the iPhone 8 Plus as the eleventh generation of its iconic smartphone.
On its special iPhone press-conference Apple took the wraps off of the new line of iPhones but there is no iPhone 7S. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus debut equipped with True Tone displays, new faster processors and improved cameras capable to shoot 4K videos.
Following the slightly forgotten iPhone 4 and 4S design, the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus received glass rear panels. Just like the last years models, the new devices come with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch True Tone displays, respectively. When they hit sales they will be available in three color options: gold, silver and gray. The glass armor covering the iPhone 8 is said to be extremely durable (Apple says it’s the most durable one). In addition, tagged with IP68 certification the handsets are water- and dust-resistant. Impressive, isn’t it? But don’t forget that as always in the case of iPhones except for being extremely good lookers, the devices are also real power beasts.
A11 Bionic chip
Driven by the Apple’s latest and fastest six-core A11 Bionic processors basing on 64 bit design, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will deliver extremely smooth iOS10 performance and undisturbed multitasking. Claimed to be the most powerful processing unit available in smartphones the A11 Bionic GPU is 30 percent faster than the A10 and reaches the A10 performance at a half of the power.
Moving on to the optics the standard iPhone 8 comes with a 12MP primary camera with all-new sensors, deeper pixels, new color filter and OIS. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 Plus received a dual 12MP camera setup with f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures and OIS. The enhanced camera parameters should translate to better sharpness of the photos, even those taken in low-light condition.
Except for improving the optic hardware, Apple introduced several new photo-oriented tweaks like the “Portrait Lighting” mode allowing you to adjust style of lighting when shooting portraits. The effect is supposed to be similar to the one achieved in professional photo atelier. Moreover, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the only smartphones capable to record 4K(60fps) quality videos. New optics along with a new gyroscope and accelerometer for better motion tracking will surely expand the AR experience which is a great news to all gaming lovers.
Furthermore, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the very first iPhones to offer wireless charging – the feature available in Android-based phones long time ago and so far inaccessible in iPhones due to their aluminum shells. Simply place the phone on a charging pod and voila! It will charge without a cable. Since the iPhone 8 employs the widely used Qi charging stand, those of us who already own the pod doesn’t need to buy new one. As for the 3.5mm headphone jack, this time also Apple deprived its smartphones of this popular port.
Availability and pricing
Speaking of availability and pricing, pre-orders on both devices open on Friday 15th, while shipping is scheduled to kick off on September 22nd. Both, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be accessible in two storage options: 64GB and 256GB. Pricing ranges from $699 for the basic iPhone 8 to $799 for the 64GB Plus version.