iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Yesterday at Apple’s Keynote event the super rumored iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have officially been announced. As leaked information has noted, the iPhone 8 features the same 4.7-inch display as the iPhone 7 with 2GB of RAM and start at 64GB of internal storage. The 8 Plus instead, features a 5.5-inch display. The models have a glass chassis and aluminum metal frames that match the finish, while Its reinforced screen is made with steel, trying to avoid the problem of the light screens on the previous models. The new glasses are water and dust resistant too. The iPhones are available in classic silver, space grey and gold.
The iPhone 8 has a 12 mp camera with the 8 Plus featuring a dual set of lenses, both of which boast brighter, sharper pictures, especially in low light. The 8 Plus has a Portrait Lighting feature in beta version that creates a depth filter to separate the subject from the background as the shot is developed for professional portrait shots. Different lighting effects can be chosen before and after photos, not unlike filters. Both possess 4K 60fps video capabilities and is calibrated for AR.
Inside these two new smartphones there are Apple’s new A11 processor and GPU, which has increased the number of cores from four to six, making it much faster than its predecessor. Both 8 and 8 Plus have Touch ID sensors along with louder speaker featuring TrueTone technology and supports wireless charging via an inductive Qi pad (sold separately). Alongside iOS 11, the device contains a big improvement in Siri and a P2P payment feature.
The iPhone 8 will start at $699/€839 for a 64GB model, with the 8 Plus starting at $799/€949 for 64GB of storage. Both models will also have larger 256GB models, which will sell for $849/€1.009 and $949/€1.119, respectively. Both phones will be available for pre order starting Friday, September 15, with a worldwide release date a week later on September 22.
The next presentation was held in the Steve Jobs Theater and had only one star on the stage: the iPhone X. Billed by Tim Cook as “the future of the smartphone,” the design of this new model is intended to “set the path for technology for the next decade.” As we all might expect, the X model shares some similarities with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Utilizing the same water and dust resistant glass front and back with a surgical type stainless steel chassis, the X supports the Qi open wireless charging pad, the Apple’s AirPower charger, which is coming next year and will support the iPhones, Watch, and a new AirPods case. The CPU also is a A11 Bionic chip.
Looking at improvements, the 5.8″ OLED edge to edge Super Retina display with TrueTone and HDR technologies clearly is the protagonist. That new display means that the ubiquitous home button has been removed. Users can now access their home screen simply by swiping up from the bottom while app switching is achieved by swiping from left to right.
So how to unlock our new iPhone X if there aren't home button and Touch ID? Instead of Touch ID, the X will utilizes Apple’s new Face ID, making use of the TrueDepth camera system along the top of the display to unlock through advanced facial recognition. What if I cut my hair or grow a beard? The X learns your visual changes day by day and continues to recognize you. Also, Apple says there’s a 1 in 1.000.000 chance someone can trick the Face ID system. Other features include dual optical image stabilization for both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses on the rear camera, a forward camera that now supports Portrait Mode, and better battery life than the iPhone 7.
The Apple iPhone X will be available to pre order come October 27 and launches on November 3 in both Silver and Space Grey options. Prices start at $999/€1.189 for the 64GB model and $1.149/€1.359 for the 256GB version.
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