Apple has officially unveiled the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Pus and iPhone X series after months of leaked information, design and renders flowing around on the internet. Today we finally get to see the real deal of what Apple has been working on in the past year or so.
The leaks have turned out to be true – yet again. This year’s iPhone series were most likely the most leaked, most anticipated news we have seen in a while from any other technology company ever.
IOS 11 will be Officially released on 19 September for the iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6/S and Plus, iPhone 7/S and Plus, *iPhone 8/Plus and X will launch with IOS 11, All iPad Air and iPad Pro models (iPad 5th gen+, iPad mini 2 and later), iPod 6th generation
iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 has similar looks to the iPhone 7 series that were released last year. It still has the same screen size, similar looks and no headphone jack. What’s different is the built quality which is now made out of an 7000 series aluminum frame (yes, that’s the same) and a glass back. Does this sound familiar? We sure hope so – brings back the iPhone 4 era.
Thanks to the glass back, the iPhones now support Wireless Charging right out of the box, and are compatible with all Qi certified Wireless charging stations. This means that if you buy a table from IKEA that has Qi wireless charging pad built-in, you can put your iPhone on it and charge it wirelessly – Don’t forget to plug in the pad however. Also, fast charging is now supported too – 50% in 30 minutes for all new iPhones.
Luckily, the same water resistance certificate – IP68 is still here.
The iPhone 8 has a 4.7″ (750 x 1334 – ~326ppi) IPS LCD display while its larger sibling the iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5″ FHD ( ~401ppi) IPS LCD display. They are essentially the same as on the 7th series, except they now support the Wide colour gamut implementation that was released in the iPads earlier this year. 3D Touch and True Tone is also present for both devices as you would expect.
The iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus will be powered by Apple’s latest ‘A11 bionic’ chipset. The chipset includes 2 high-efficiency cores and 4 lower-end efficiency ones. The A11 chipset is than the previous generation A10.
The GPU performance has also increased by a large 30% compared to the A10 Fusion.
The iPhone 8 will have 2GB of RAM while the 8 Plus will get 3GB. The storage options for both devices are either 64GB of built-in storage of 256GB. This will certainly help the market have and contain higher demands when getting to talk about the storage options.
The camera on the iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus are the same at 12MP f/1.8 aperture. The iPhone 8 Plus’ secondary camera is 12MP and f/2.8 aperture. Both cameras on the back (for 8 and 8 Plus) support OIS (even the secondary on the Plus model). The selfie shooter on the front is 7MP.
The Telephoto on the Plus model has a new feature called Portrait Lighting. It can identify the face you capture with it and set the light scenes by filtering out the background and only focusing on the face and the person overall.
The rendering/filtering the background happens in real time in front of you and in case you forget to do it after capturing the image, you can get back to it later. Sounds great!
Both devices will be available in Space Grey, Silver and in Gold colour variants.
Pricing and availability
The base model (64GB) will cost the following:
- US $699
- UK £699
- Canada $929
- Australia $1079
- France €809
- Russia RUB 56,990
iPhone 8 Plus
- US $799
- UK £799
- Canada $1059
- Australia $1229
- France €919
- Russia RUB 64,990
Pre-orders start on 15 September and they will be released on 22 September in the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US and US Virgin Islands.
Then on 29 September the following countries:
Andorra, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and Slovenia
The iPhone X – In case you aren’t aware, the X stands for 10th – the 10th Anniversary iPhone (the first generation was released back in 2007 by Steve Jobs)
The iPhone X features the same glass back, 7000 aluminium frame as the iPhone 8 variants with one exception. The internals are different and works in a completely different way.
The iPhone X has a 5.8″ bezel-less AMOLED “Super Retina Display” (1125 x 2436px; ~458ppi). This is the first iPhone Apple has ever equipped with an OLED display other than IPS LCD. The display supports HDR content and well as Dolby vision, it’s the sharpest ever display that can be found on an iPhone. As you would expect, Wide colour gamut, 3D touch and True Tone are here too.
It will also be IP68 water and dust resistant too, a welcome addition for sure for many.
Looking at the image above, you may be thinking – “Where is the famous rounded home button?” – long story short…It’s gone! According to Apple, it’s gone for good. FaceID is the new technology that will replace TouchID that was previously built-in to the home button. It works like this:
The many sensors that you can see above will work all-together in order to scan your face and recognise you, no matter if you’ve grown a beard, wearing glasses or a hat or perhaps wearing too much makeup or be in pitch black darkness. The Infra sensor, Dot Projector will scan your face in all lighting conditions and use AI to recognise you even when not looking directly at the display but from a different angle (still have to face the camera and the sensors slightly at least in order to work).
FaceID will be much safer too, apparently 1:1,000,000 safer than TouchID which had 1:50,000 record. The number say how often a person from 1 in a million can unlock your phone accidentally and with a very similar face, fingerprint expression.
All of the faces that you scan with the iPhone X will strictly stay on the phone and will not be based onto Data Centres to keep it safe and secure. Also, since there will be a 3D copy of your face, Apple will offer “Animojis” to send interactive ‘Emojis’ to your friends via iMessage.
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But lets get back to the home button – it’s still gone. The home button is being replaced by gestures. Swipe up to unlock the phone and to go back to the homescreen. When in an app, simple swipe left or right to go back to previous/next application or swipe up and hold to multitask. Looks pretty sleek but we are certainly curious to find out how it will perform on the daily basis after a bit of time since we get used to it.
Everything that can be found on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus can be found on the iPhone X including: Same camera setup as on 8 Plus; 12MP f/1.8 aperture while the secondary camera is 12MP and f/2.4 aperture, . Both cameras on the back support OIS and have a Quad-LED setup to light up your photos. The selfie shooter on the front is 7MP. Portrait and Portrait Lighting will be available for the front camera too as well as on the back.
You’ll be able to use and trigger the brand new Siri via the power (on/off) button by long pressing on it.
As you would expect, Wireless charging and fast charge will be available here too – 50% in 30 minutes.
The iPhone X will be available in Space Grey and in Silver colour variants.
Pricing and availability
The base model (64GB) will cost the following:
- US $999
- UK £999
- Canada $1319
- Australia $1579
- France €1159
Pre-orders start on 27 October and they will be released on 3 November in the following countries:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US and US Virgin Islands.
iPhone wireless charging +*Sneak Peak (middle photo)
Apple showed us a so called “Sneak Peak” into what they plan on doing – and how they want to motivate other manufacturers to do the same. Apple made a clear representation of their next generation of Wireless charging method – shown on the middle image.
As you can see, it’s a simple pad that lets you put not only your phone, but your Apple Watch and Airpods onto it. Whatever you put on it, if your iPhone is already on the pad, it will show a nice looking notification of the other device’s (and of course the phone’s itself) battery indicators to let you know how much has been charged and on what level they are charged up to at the moment.
What are your thoughts about Apple’s newest devices? Will you be picking one up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below and share what you would like to find out about them!