If you did not manage to watch, Apple’s Key note address on Tuesday and have yet to read all about the latest announcements. Have no fear; we have everything you need to know, including specs, release dates, and prices.
So, sit back, relax, and learn everything there is to know about Apple’s 10th-anniversary devices.
iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X
Yes, as is usually the case at an Apple event, that more than just iPhone’s are announced. However, what the majority of the crowd were there to see was the iPhone 8’s and iPhone X. So the fact that a new Apple Watch and Apple TV were part of the show was a mere distraction.
Here’s a quick look at each handset, including specs, features, pre-order, release dates, and price.
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Is the iPhone X everything the rumours had been suggesting? Yes, we think it is. In fact, Apple itself thinks the handset will revolutionise the smartphone market!
Apple has delivered a handset with an edge-to-edge display which is 5.8-inches across the diagonal. Which in itself is revolutionary, however, its resolution is the best, ever on an iPhone. Coming in at 2436 x 1125, it has a pixel per inch ratio of 458 ppi which is quite reasonable!
Manufactured using OLED technology it is the first time Apple has not used an IPS LCD panel. Which means, Apple can now challenge the likes of Samsung in the display stakes.
What else is different? The Home Button is gone, as is Touch ID, meaning Apple has had to create a new way to access the Home Screen. That is now accomplished via a swipe, and unlocking is completed using Face ID.
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The rear Camera of iPhone X is a dual 12mp setup like that on last years Plus model. Although it offers faster photography and wider angle lenses, additionally there’s a colour filter, and f1.8 and 2.8 apertures. The most exciting new feature is dual optical image stabilisation, offering better low light zoom and correction for shaking.
Additionally, there’s a better two-tone flash, and high dynamic range, together they create amazing photography. Other great features include zero shutter lag, portrait mode, and Portrait lighting which is found on the 8 Plus. Finally, there’s the ability to shoot 4K images, and video, at 60fps, and 1080p at 240fps.
What is Face ID?
As touched upon above, the iPhone X has no Home Button, nor does it have Touch ID! As such, Apple has created Face ID, and it offers a completely new iPhone experience.
If you’re wondering how it works? That’s down to technology called, the True Depth camera system. It consists of an ambient light detector, Infra-red camera, front camera, proximity sensor, Dot projector, speaker, microphone, and a Flood illuminator.
When you look at the iPhone X, the flood illuminator detects your face., day or night. Then the IR camera then takes an IR image, and 30.000 IR dots are projected onto your face via the Dot projector. This creates a copy of your face, and the iPhone X can recognise you and unlock itself!
Is this the safest most secure method to lock/unlock an iPhone ever? It’s possible, as the inbuilt Neural engine adapts to the changes to your face, almost nothing bar a twin, or 1-in-1-million people could unlock it.
If you ever had the chance to use an iPhone 7, you will know how formidable the A10 chipset is. This year, Apple has improved upon it with, the A11 Bionic chip, and it is in the 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X it’s fast, very fast!
As for how different it is, last year’s A10 was a Quad-core chipset, the Bionic benefits from Six-cores. Plus, it has the first ever Apple designed GPU. Like the A10, the A11, has two high powered cores, although they are 25% faster. According to Apple the remaining four, are also 70% more power efficient than the two counterparts in last years model.
What about the GPU? It offers a remarkable three cores which when combined give 30% improvement.
With the iPhone X, Apple has created something which looks better than its nearest rivals from Samsung. However, that not the only place the X bests the competition, the South Korean company could not overcome fingerprint sensor technical difficulties so now lags behind.
Additionally, that means, the iPhone X looks like no iPhone that came before it. Made from incredibly strong glass, it’s the most durable ever in an Apple device. Meaning that it should be able to withstand falls, and knocks better.
As for what colour will be available at launch, there Space Grey, and Silver, but no Matt Black or Jet Black. Furthermore, there is increased protection in the form of IP67. This means that the handset is water and dust resistant.
Price and Availability
Apple will make the iPhone X available to pre-order on October 27 and available to buy on November 3. Prices start at £999 for the 64GB model and rise to £1,149 for the 256GB model.
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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
The first thing you will notice about these two handsets is, their lack of an edge-to-edge display. Apple has left that for its premium X handsets; however, that doesn’t mean the 8 and 8 Plus are not worthy options.
Here’s what you need to know about them:
The more you look at these tow iPhones, the more it’s clear they are direct replacements for the 7 and 7 Plus. The smaller has a 4.5-inch display and the Plus, a 5.5-inch screen. While that may be the same as those on the 7’s, we can assure you there are differences.
To start with, both benefit from having wider colour gamut’s, with true tone, which adapts to the surrounding light.
Compared to their predecessors, the 8’s have more glass; it can be found on the front and rear. Additionally, there’s a steel and copper structure, which improves on durability.
Colours available will be Space Grey, Silver, a new Gold finish, and Aerospace grey. That’s more colours than the iPhone X will be launched in, which is a little odd.
Where power is concerned there is no difference between all three devices; the A11 Bionic is present in all. This means that the 8’s benefit from a 25% speed increase, 70% improved efficiency, and 30% better GPU performance. Which is going to be needed should you try out AR gaming on any of the new iPhone’s.
While the iPhone 8, has a single 12MP, f/1.8 primary sensor, the Plus, benefits from a dual-sensor setup with f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures. However, both feature optical image stabilisation, 5x digital zoom, wide colour capture, and true-tone flash.
Another similarity is, both have 7MP front-facing sensors that can record video at 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, and HDR.
Price and Availability
iPhone 8 starts at 64GB and 256GB $699, 8 Plus starts at 64GB and 256GB $799; they will be available for pre order on the 15th and go on sale on the 22nd.