Apple has launched two new smartphones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, at its annual September keynote event, which also saw the release of the premium iPhone X handset.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are upgrades to Apple’s current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus range, updating some of the main features found on Apple’s current products.
Initially, most people thought the iPhone 8 would be Apple’s main new phone – however it instead released three smartphones as part of the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone.
Here are all the details, specs and, importantly, prices that you need to know.
Key features | iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
- Silver, space grey, new gold finish
- Apple claims it’s the most durable glass ever in a smartphone
- water and dust resistant
- 7″ display in the 8 and 5.5″ display in the Plus
- Stereo speakers. 25% louder than the speakers in the 7
- A11 bionic chip
- 12MP camera
- 4K 60fps video
- Cameras calibrated for augmented reality
- New Portrait Lighting feature: machine learning creates facial landmarks and enhances light effects on the face (8Plus)
- Wireless charging
- Pre order available soon. Details to come
- iOS 11 available on September 19
- 64GB and 256GB
Design and appearance
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are similar in appearance to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
The smaller version has a 4.7-inch screen, while the larger phone has a 5.5-inch screen and a dual camera lens on the back.
Apple says the processor is the A11 Bionic, “the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone”.
There will be glass on the front and the back of the device, “reinforced by a laser welded steel and copper”. It will be water and dust resistant sealed.
The new iPhone will have the most durable glass ever in a smartphone.
Both models will have a HD retina display and feature a 12MP camera.
What colours will it come in?
The iPhone 8 will be available in silver, space grey and a new blush gold colour named Apple.
What is the cost & when will the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus go on sale?
You can purchase an iPhone 8 64gb for $1,079 or the 256gb version for $1,329.
The iPhone 8 Plus 64gb costs $1,229 while the 256gb will cost $1,479.
You can pre-order with Telephone Technologies, with stock being shipped on the 22nd September.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus best features
Like the iPhone X, the two new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus phones will come with wireless charging capabilities.This means the phone can be charged by simply placing it on a power pad. It is the first time the technology has come to the iPhone range.
The new iPhones will come with Apple’s new operating system iOS 11. iOS 11 includes hundreds of new features like a redesigned control centre, better multitasking, improvements to the camera, peer-to-peer Apple Pay and new safety features.
The iPhone 8 Plus will have a 12MP dual-lens camera, similar to the one featured on the iPhone 7 Plus released last year.
It features a larger and faster sensor, a new colour filter and deeper pixels.
Apple claims the new camera delivers “the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone” with better video stabilisation and 4K video up to 60fps.
While the demise of the home button and Touch ID on the iPhone X has been in the news, the iPhone 8 will maintain the button and Touch ID. It won’t, however, have facial recognition.
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