Apple today announced its new 2017 iPhone lineup, at Apple Park. The company debuted three new flagship iPhones – iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
iPhone 8 is official, but it’s not the most high-end phone from Apple as there’s also the new iPhone X.
iPhone 8 release date
- iPhone 8 pre-orders: September 15
- iPhone 8 release date: September 22
iPhone 8 price
- iPhone 8 64GB: $699, £699, AU$1,079
- iPhone 8 256GB: $849, £849, AU$1,329
The iPhone 8 price starts at $699, £699, AU$1,079 for the 64GB variant, while the larger, 256GB version is $849, £849, $1,329.
What’s new with iPhone X?
Arguably the most exciting new feature of all three new phones is the “wireless charging” now available when the phone sits on a charging pad, called AirPower. (The pad must be plugged into an outlet, but the phone charges wirelessly.) The new Apple Watch Series 3, and the AirPod case, can also charge on the wireless charging pad—all at once.
iPhone 8 design
- Glass rear, aluminum frame, water and dust resistant
- Similar look to the iPhone 7, with bezels and home button
Apple says the iPhone 8 has an all-new design, with a full glass rear and comes in three colors: silver, space grey and a new gold finish.
There’s also an aerospace-grade aluminum frame, plus Apple claims the iPhone 8 boasts the most durable glass ever on an iPhone – and it’s also water and dust resistant.
Stereo speakers provide an improved sound experience over the iPhone 7, as they’re 25% louder and are capable of a deeper bass. The headphone jack is still dead though.
Unlike the new iPhone X with its all-screen, no home button design, the iPhone 8 comes with plenty of bezel, but also retains the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
In terms of size you’re looking at 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm, making it ever so slightly taller, wider and thicker than its predecessor. While we’re talking fractions of a millimeter each way, it may be enough to see your iPhone 7 case not fit.
It’s also heavier at 148g (vs 138g for the iPhone 7), but it’s not really enough to make much of a difference.
iPhone 8 display
- 4.7-inch Retina HD display
Like the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 also has a 4.7-inch display – which should keep the handset at a manageable size for one-handed use.
It’s not the same display however, with Apple upgrading the Retina HD display, which comes with improved color accuracy and a cinema wide color gamut.
3D Touch also features, allowing you to apply different levels of pressure on the screen to perform different actions, and for the first time the screen on the iPhone 8 comes with Apple’s True Tone technology.
That means it will automatically adapt the color palette of the display to the lighting conditions around you for an improved viewing experience.
You still get the same 1334 x 750 resolution though, so no full HD action still on Apple’s 4.7-inch handset, which gives you a 326ppi pixel density.
iPhone 8 power
- Brand new A11 Bionic chipset
- GPU provides 70% faster graphics over iPhone 7
Under the hood the iPhone 8 packs in a new A11 Bionic processor, with a 64-bit architecture and increased performance over the A10 chip found in the iPhone 7.
In fact, depending on the cores it’s using, it’s between 20% and 70% faster than its predecessor, while the all-new GPU is also 70% faster than the iPhone 7.
That means faster load times, improved gaming experience and hopefully better battery life too.
Apple doesn’t ever reveal the amount of RAM it puts in its iPhones, so you’ll have to wait a week or two for this particular stat to be outed.
iPhone 8 camera
- 12MP rear facing camera
- 4K video at 60fps, 1080p slo-mo video at 240fps
The iPhone 8 has a 12MP rear camera, with a larger sensor and faster response time, sucking in 83% more light versus the snapper found on the iPhone 7.
It also boasts a wider dynamic range and better noise reduction, which means you should get clearer, brighter and more colorful shots and videos.
Apple has also upgraded the video recording capabilities on the iPhone 8, with the ability to capture 4K footage at 60fps (frames per second) and slow motion footage at 240fps – which is double the framerate on the iPhone 7.
Meanwhile, around the front of the iPhone 8 the 7MP front facing camera is the same offering you’ll find on the iPhone 7 – which is good enough for selfies and FaceTime.
iPhone 8 battery
- Wireless charging support
- You’ll have to buy charging pad separately
Apple says the iPhone 8 battery will last a similar amount of time as the iPhone 7, so expect a day of usage and a nightly recharge.
The iPhone 8 does come with fast charging capabilities, giving you 50% of charge after just 30 minutes of plugged in time.
Thanks to the glass back of the iPhone 8, the phone can now offer wireless charging – making it easier to top up your phone without having to fumble around for a cable.
It uses the Qi wireless charging standard, which is already supported by a number of cars, stores, restaurants and work places.
It looks like you’ll have to pay for a wireless charging pad separately though, with a standard cable in the box.