Apple has announced its 2017 iPhone lineup at its annual event at Cupertino and there are now 3 new iPhones to look forward to. The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. Here is a look at the iPhone 8 models, which are upgrades to last year’s versions.
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Despite launching a completely new, futuristic iPhone X, Apple, at its annual event in Cupertino announced the upgraded versions of the iPhone 7 models. Here are the complete details on the latest launches.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – Details
– Design and Features
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus features a highly durable glass back reinforced with an aluminum band that creates a water and dust resistant casing. That said, It is best to avoid charging the iPhone when it is wet. You also don’t want to submerge them in water for long periods or take them for a dip in over 1 meters of water. Water related damages are not covered under warranty.
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Both variants ship with the same display sizes as last year: a 4.7″ Retina display on the iPhone 8 and a 5.5″ Retina display on the iPhone 8 Plus. For the first time, they also support Apple’s True Tone technology. This technology detects ambient light around your device and adjusts the white balance to fit your surroundings. All in all, it means less eye strain and a more comfortable viewing experience.
Unlike the iPhone X, the Home button is still present on the iPhone 8 and Touch ID is still used for unlocking and Apple Pay.
The iPhone 8 Plus has a dual-lens system while the iPhone 8 still features the singe lens system.
One of the big updates to the iPhone 8 models is a new image signal processor. This processor enables the iPhone cameras to have faster low-light autofocus, better pixel processing, and hardware multi-band noise reduction. Both new iPhone 8 models sport 7MP FaceTime HD cameras on the front, with Retina Flash, wide color capture, and auto image stabilization.
The iPhone 8 Plus is also shipping with a new effect called “Portrait Lighting.” This feature can create professional portrait photography using a wide variety of lighting effects.
For instance, you can create spotlight effects to light up a face and reduce shadows, or create shadow effects to remove backgrounds and highlight the subject. There are plenty of lighting options, which you can swipe through to see the live effect before snapping the photo. You can also apply Photo Lighting at the time of editing a photo.
A new Quad-LED True Tone Flash is now present on the iPhone 8 models. This works with the new Slow Sync feature to light up a foreground object in low light conditions. The new flash also reduces hotspots in images.
On the video front, the new cameras in both models enable 4K video at up to 60 fps, and slo-mo video up to 240 fps at 1080p. The new iPhones have also received speaker updates with 25% louder sound and deeper bass.
The latest iPhones ship with Apple’s brand new A11 Bionic processor. This is the most powerful and smartest chip ever shipped in a smartphone. This makes the phones up to 70% faster than last year’s A10 Fusion chip. The chip also extends battery life for a longer period. The new GPU is up to 30% faster than that on the A10 Fusion.
Where the A11 Bionic truly shines is in the field of AR. The AR capabilities will ensure a more immersive and fluid user experience in games, educational apps, sports apps, and various other situations.
– Battery Life
Both models will get the same battery life as its predecessors.
For the iPhone 8:
- Talk time – 14 hours of battery
- Internet use – up to 12 hours
- Video playback – up to 13 hours
- Audio playback – up to 40 hours.
For the iPhone 8 Plus:
- Talk time – up to 21 hours
- Internet – up to 13 hours
- Video – up to 14 hours
- Audio – up to 60 hours.
The biggest change with battery life is that the phones are now capable of fast-charging. If you have one of Apple’s USB-C Power Adapters, you can charge the iPhone to half its capacity in just 30 minutes. Apple sells 3 variants of its USB-C power adapters (out of the box) from $49 to $79. (Actual charging time varies with each model.)
– Wireless Charging
The glass backs on the new iPhones allow now make it possible to wirelessly charge the iPhone through any Qi-compatible charging mat. Apple isn’t currently selling any charging mats but you can pick up ones from Mophie and Belkin.
Apple will bring out its own charging mat AirPower , which will enable simultaneous charging of multiple devices but its only going to come out next year.
– Price & Availability
Prices for the iPhone 8 start at $699 for the 64GB model and $849 for the 256GB model. The iPhone 8 Plus will start at $799 for the 64GB model and $949 for the 256GB variant. Preorders for both models will begin on September 15, and will ship on September 22.
Visit Apple.com for more details and to preorder.