In this article we’ll cover everything you need to know about the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus following the September 12th, 2017 Apple Event. This is an exciting upgrade you won’t won’t want to miss. If you’re looking for details of the iPhone X, check out this article for all the details of the 10th Anniversary iPhone.
Availability and Cost of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Pre-Order Opens: September 15th, 2017
Shipping begins: September 22nd, 2017
$699 – 32GB
$799 – 128GB
iPhone 8 Plus:
$799 – 64GB
$899 – 128GB
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the same size as the current iPhone 7 and 7S Plus. Both new models feature a new all-glass design, on top of an aluminum frame. As with current iPhones, the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be available in Space Gray, Gold, and Silver.
New Screen and Speakers
The displays on the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have been updated to the new Retina HD standard. This includes support for True Tone color matching, which senses the ambient light and adapts the screen to match the surrounding lighting. The result is a noticeably more natural and paper-like on-screen imagery.
As with any mobile device, speaker output is important for all aspects of use – speakerphone, gaming, playing music, etc. Apple reports the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have stereo speakers with 25% more volume output and 25% deeper bass tones. The iPhone has always led the pack, and with this hardware update it will continue to offer some of the best cellphone audio capabilities available.
Hardware and Performance
The iPhone 8’s will have the same brain power as the iPhone X with the Apple A11 Bionic chip inside (that’s one of few commonalities between the 8 and X). The A11 chip has six CPU cores – 2 focused on performance and 4 dedicated to efficiency. When combined, the A11 is 70% faster than its predecessor, the A10 Fusion chip. The iPhone 8 and Plus leverage apple’s second-generation performance controller that harnesses 100% of the CPU cores, for a remarkably fast multi-threaded workload response.
The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have an improved 12-megapixel rear camera, with the same dual camera setup as the iPhone 7S Plus. The new cameras use improved sensors, new color filters, and deeper pixel perception. The HDR photo capabilities show the most significant improvement in lens. When it comes to video, the new iPhone 8 lineup is capable of capturing 4K video up to 60fps and 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps. the iPhone 8 Plus features a new Portrait Lightning feature for Portrait Mode in the Camera app. This allows iPhone users to capture portrait photos with studio quality lighting.
Both new iPhone 8’s will be support Qi-based inductive wireless charging. You can expect to see a huge influx of wireless charging product hitting the markets in the coming weeks. We don’t know the performance specs of wireless charging from Apple yet, but rest assured, testers are standing by to report the real-world capabilities of the new wireless charging feature on iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 8 opened September 15th, with shipments going out starting September 22nd.