Well Here it is at Last: the iPhone 8

By Tom Pritchard on at

So Apple just announced the latest line of iPhones, with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Presumably taking the place of what would have been the 7S, since this isn't the bezeless home button-free display we've seen in leaks.

So what's new? Well at long last this iPhone has a glass back, though it is reinforced by steel. The rest of the body is aluminium, designed with a finish that matches the glass.

While Apple didn't say what kind of glass this was, it's apparently the most durable smartphone glass ever released - which will no doubt be put to the test by dumbass consumers who don't buy a case. Colourwise, it'll be available in usual colours. Silver, space grey, and champagne gold (read: pink).

As you would expect it's available in two sizes, the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus. Both of them have a Retina HD displays and 3D Touch built-in. No surprises there then. What is new is that TrueTone is jumping from the iPad Pro over to the iPhone, which means these new phones will measure the ambient light and ensure the display adapts accordingly.

As with the iPhone 7 both models are water and dustproof with stereo speakers. Apparently those speakers are 25 per cent louder than the iPhone 7's and come with deeper bass.

Another big update, which wasn't unexpected, is the A11 Bionic CPU. The six-core 64 bit processor is quite a bit faster than the 7's A10, as you can see here:

The new GPU is 30 per cent faster than the A10, and is the first one Apple made in-house. All of this is designed to power AR, which Apple showed off on stage to great applause.

Like last year, the iPhone 8 will have a single camera while the 8 Plus will have a dual lens capabilities. Both phones offer 12MP resolution, and optical image stabilisation. The 8 Plus's dual-cameras have apertures of f/1.8 and f/2.8. It'll also come with an improved portrait mode that simulates studio lighting, even if it isn't actually there to begin with. Apple was quick to point out that these are not filters, however.

Filming wise the 8 is capable of 4K resolution at 60FPS, or 1080p up to 240FPS. The camera has also been calibrated for AR, which Apple says makes this the world's first smartphone created for AR. Well the Google Tango might disagree.

The iPhone 8 will also come with wireless charging, as expected, for people who have an aversion to plugging in cables. That's Qi wireless charging, which means you should be able to use the same wireless charging pads as everyone else. On another wireless front, the iPhone 8 will also come with Bluetooth 5.0.

Both phones will come with either 64GB or 256GB of storage. For the iPhone 8, pricing is £699 and £849 respectively, while for the iPhone 8 Plus respective pricing is £799 and £949. Pre-orders open on Friday September 15th, and will be available on 22nd. iOS 11 will be out just in time, launching on 19th September.


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