During their event at the Steve Jobs Theater today, Apple officially announced the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Previously known as the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, the devices are essentially refined versions of 2016’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with new bodies, fresh specs, and new features.
For starters, rather opting for strict aluminum, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus use glass-covered aerospace-grade aluminum in Space Gray, Silver, and a new Gold finish. The company claims the new iPhones have the “strongest glass in the world.” They’re also IP67 rated so you don’t have to worry if they get wet. The same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays with some refinements and enhancements are on board, as well.
Inside, there’s an A11 Bionic processor which has two performance cores and four high-efficiency cores for a hexacore chipset. It’s paired with an Apple-designed tri-core GPU which is 10% faster than the A10 chip from last year. Thanks to this new duo, the camera has faster ISP and low-light autofocus, while processing photos is also faster. Overall, performance on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus should be 70 percent better than last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Speaking of which, there’s new cameras. They both use 12MP main sensors which provide 83% more light than before and are more efficient. There’s also a new color filter for more vibrant hues, while noise reduction is also here. In addition, better HDR quality and a new quad LED flash are on board, as well.
The 8 Plus ships with a similar setup to last year’s iPhone 7 Plus with two 12MP sensors and fresh refinements which should provide greater-quality images. But that’s not all. For the 8 Plus, Apple is including something called Portrait Lighting. What this allows is for various lighting options for Portrait photos to make your face more vibrant against a background or for a vintage-type filter appearance. Apple notes these aren’t filters and are the real deal, but we’ll, of course, have to check this out to prove if it’s real.
In addition, Apple says the iPhone 8 takes the best video in the world. Again, we’ll have to see if this is true. It does include 4K video at 60 frames per second, however, so this claim could be spot on since not many other phones do this.
Finally, 1080p 240 FPS slow-motion videos are also possible.
The cameras have also been optimized for AR. Apple says they’ve fine-tuned the cameras for better compatibility with ARKit, and it’s all mainly thanks to the sensors and the A11 Bionic chip. The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus also ship with new stereo speakers which are louder and offer more base over the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus ship with Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE Advanced, while the glass back on the new iPhones allows for Qi wireless charging. It’ll start at $699 for the 8 with 64GB of storage and $799 for the 8 Plus with 64GB of storage. It’ll be available for pre-order on September 15th and will go on sale September 22nd.