As well as doing a big reveal for the iPhone X Apple also unveiled 2 other iPhones, the iPhone 8 and and the iPhone 8+.
Of course starting off with the front, you have a 4.7″ Retina HD Display on the iPhone 8 and a 5.5″ Retina Display on the iPhone 8+.
Of course, both have the home button, a power button and volume buttons as usual.
On the inside, you have a new CPU called the A11. It’s a bionic CPU. Of course, you have Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11AC Wi-Fi.
Moving onto the cameras, the iPhone 8 has a regular 12MP camera whilst the iPhone 8 Plus has two 12 MP cameras. One is a wide-angle camera and one is a telephoto camera.
In both cases you can record Ultra HD (4K) video at up to 60 frames a second. If you are into slow motion video then you will be able to record slow-motion videos in full HD(1080P).
Coincidentally, Apple is introducing a new system in terms of taking photos called portrait mode. let’s say you are taking a photo of your friend. When you choose the natural light option, the person will be brought into focus a lot more. Alternatively, you can choose to cut out the background altogether, leaving a black background and just the person on their own.
Of course the front-facing camera is a 7MP FaceTime Camera.
The cameras also help with Augmented Reality. This means that you would be able to point your camera at something super-impose virtual objects onto what your camera sees.
Another interesting thing that Apple is bringing to the iPhone 8 is wireless charging. If you have a Qi wireless charging pad, just stick your phone onto that pad and then it will start charging.
So, when will you be able to get one? Well, you will be able to place your orders starting from the 15th of September 2017 (this coming Friday). The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will then release on the 22nd of September 2017 (about 10 days from now). The iPhone 8 will cost £699 for the 64GB model, or £849 for the 256GB version. If you want an iPhone 8 Plus then it will cost £799 for the 64GB version or £949 for the 256GB version. Both phones will come in Space Gray, Silver or Gold.
If you want more on the specs, then be sure to check out Apple’s website.
Overall, it’s basically a hardware upgrade from the iPhone 7. The only thing that is new between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 is wireless charging.
With that said if you are into taking photos with the iPhone then I guess the portrait mode is a nice feature to have.
Personally, I still feel that Apple were removing features for the sake of removing them by getting rid of the headphone jack. I just feel it’s hassle to have to remember the lightning connector to headphone jack adapter (which comes with the iPhone). What if you lose it? You have to go out and buy another one(which is quite pricey at £9). I honestly would rather have a headphone jack in the phone itself as opposed to finding an adapter.
On first impressions, if you want an iPhone but you still want a home button(and you are upgrading from the iPhone 6S/6S plus or older), then this is the one you will probably want to get. This won’t seem like an upgrade if you are upgrading from an iPhone 7/7 Plus. If you want an iPhone with a headphone jack then stick with the iPhone 6S.
What do you think of the iPhone 8? Will you be buying one? Let me know in the comments!