At the special Apple event held in Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple’s new home in Cupertino, The company announced the eight-generation mobile device the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus with new features and updated shell. Though the design of the iPhone 8 reminds us with the same design as the current iPhone 7 which is also based on the iPhone 6 but the latest iteration of the handset brings a full glass panel on the front and back that Apple claims the most durable glass ever on a smartphone.
While we have the glass panels on the new iPhone 8, the frame is metal with a Space-grade 7000 series aluminum with the new Space Gray, Gold and Silver color options to choose from. With the new design, Apple introduces water resistance to the table and it’s the first iPhone device to be advertised as Water resistant.
With iPhone 8, Apple now comes with super Retina display, a better and more gorgeous display that Apple ever incorporated to the iPhone. It does retain the same display dimensions as its predecessor with the iPhone 8 having a 4.7-inch display while the iPhone 8 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch. The new iPhone 8’s display unit boasts higher color accuracy, Cinema wide color gamut, 3D Touch and True Tone display.
Powering these devices is the new 64-bit A11 Bionic Chip that is now with 6-core processors, two of which are performance cores with 25% improvements and four high-efficiency cores with 70% improvements over the A10 Fusion chip. It also comes with a second-generation performance controller with 70% faster multithreaded workloads while saving battery life.
The new chipset also brought the first Apple-designed GPU to the iPhone 8 with 3-cores promising up to 30% faster performance compared to the A10 Fusion Chip. With the A11 Bionic chip combined with the new graphics processor enables the iPhone 8 to support Augmented Reality apps and games which the iPhone is starting to embrace.
Moving to the camera, the iPhone 8 still comes with the same camera from the iPhone 7 with the regular iPhone 8 still features a single sensor main camera while the iPhone 8 Plus comes with a dual imaging sensors. Apple claims that these sensors are new imaging units with an improved ISP working with the new A11 Bionic chip for faster low-light autofocus, improved pixel sensor, improved sharpness and significantly reduce image noise. It also enables the phone to capture 4K videos at 60fps and 1080p @240fps.
The new iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus main camera is a 12 Megapixel sensor with a f/1.8 Aperture lens, the iPhone 8 Plus on the other hands has a secondary imaging sensor on the back with 12 Megapixel Telephoto lens with an f/2.8 Aperture. It also features OIS on these sensors which can be said to be true as well with the telephoto lens on the iPhone 8 Plus.
From these imaging units, the iPhone 8 Plus specifically brings a new little neat feature called Portrait Lighting – where the Telephoto lens on the iPhone 8 Plus takes the details of the surrounding, then identify the face and focus on the subject and then it automatically adjust the tone curve of the face to make it better lit in real-time. Once the photo is taken, users can also adjust the effects to better suits the user’s preference.
Though not mentioned during the keynote, the iPhone 8 includes a front facing camera with a 7 Megapixel FaceTime camera with an f/2.2 Aperture and records 1080p videos and has HDR mode and Panorama.
The iPhone 8 has a Touch ID sensor embedded on the home button – a feature that made its way to the new handset since the iPhone 5s and is one of the most secure route for device security and only transactions. With the new iPhone 8, Apple also introduce Qi wireless charging and fast charging support and can go from 0% to 50% battery in 30 minutes. There’s also a new immersive stereo speakers that’s 25% louder than its predecessor.
The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus runs iOS 11 out of the box and will be available for pre-order starting September 15 and will be available in stores by September 22. With the new handsets, Apple has two configurations to choose from with a 64GB storage at the base and 256GB for the top-tier units. Prices starts at $699 for the iPhone 8 while the iPhone 8 Plus begins at $799.