Apple today officially announced the all-new “iPhone 8″ and ‘iPhone 8 Plus” at their event at Steve Jobs Theatre in Apple Park. According to Apple, the iPhones are made from “the most durable glass” ever found in a smartphone, merged with an aluminum frame, coming in three colors: Silver, Space Gray, and a new Gold finish
According to Apple, the backs of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are made from “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone”, and each one is color-matched to an aerospace-grade aluminum bezel, which surrounds the phone. Both devices are splash, water, and dust resistant to IP67 standards.
The iPhone 8 measures 4.7 inches and the iPhone 8 Plus is 5.5 inches, which is the same as the past few models of iPhone, and they come with a new Retina HD display with True Tone technology, which adjusts the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light so looking at the iPhone 8 provides a “more natural, paper-like” experience.
“iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are a new generation of iPhone that improve on everything we love about iPhone,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have new glass and aluminum designs, new Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic — the smartest chip ever in a smartphone. Packed with more advanced cameras with Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting, and the highest quality video capture in a smartphone, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus enable the freedom of wireless charging, all with AR optimization like no phone ever before.”
Apple stated that the speakers have been redesigned to be as much as 25 percent louder and deliver deeper bass than the previous model. The iPhone 8’s are powered by the A11 Bionic chip, featuring a six-core CPU design with two performance cores and four efficiency cores. A11 Bionic integrates an Apple-designed GPU for up to 30 percent faster graphics performance than the A10.
Both new iPhones are getting a “more advanced” 12-megapixel rear camera, with a faster and larger sensor, new color filter, and deeper pixels. Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, which introduces studio lighting effects to iPhone, letting users change the depth-of-field effect with five different lighting styles will be included with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
The glass backs of the iPhones enable wireless charging on inductive charging pads, which support the Qi ecosystem of accessories. Apple has also created the “AirPower mat” which will launch sometime in 2018 and be able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously. Mophie and Belkin will have mats available at launch to use iPhone 8 inductive charging.
The iPhone 8 will be available in 64GB (US$699) and 256GB (US$849), while the iPhone 8 Plus will be available in 64GB (US$799) and 256GB (US$949). Each device will be available to order starting Friday, September 15 and then launch September 22.
Upon launch, the iPhones will be available in the following territories: 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.