By: Thomas Brewington
Apple hosted their 2017 iPhone 8 Reveal Keynote this afternoon from the new Steve Jobs Theather in Cupertino, California.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone’s introduction, Apple has once again graced us with the latest iPhone models for this year: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (that’s iPhone 10, not the letter).
The iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
First up, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models.
iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
It retains the look of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models, but switching to a glass backing, this go around. The iPhone 8 has a singular camera, while the 8 Plus features dual cameras.
It will come in space gray, silver, and new gold finish. The phones will also be water and dust resistant. They come in at 64GB and 256GB of storage.
Apple has introduced a new retina HD display. It has true tone technology, just like the most recent iPad Pro. It will be able to adapt to ambient light. It will boast speakers that are 25 percent louder and have deeper bass than the iPhone 7.
Now…what makes this baby tick?
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus has an A11 Bionic chip, which is a 64-bit chip with two high-performance cores that are 25 percent faster than the A10 in the iPhone 7, and 4 high-efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the ones in the A10 (the A10 only had two high-efficiency cores). The GPU part is 30 percent faster.
Now that we’ve gotten the power out of the way…let’s talk function.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will feature both a brand new camera sensor and processor. It will work better in low light conditions, and has noise reduction technology. The two sensors on the back of the iPhone 8 Plus are f1.8 and f2.8 apertures.
These phones also will be Apple’s venture into AR, augmented reality.
Apple is also catching up to Android with these models, as for the first time, wireless charging will be available on an Apple device.
The will be releasing a wireless charging device called AirPower, available next year.
The price point for these devices are iPhone 8 is going to start at $699 for the 64GB model. The iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799 for the 64GB model. Pre-orders start on Friday September 15th. The iPhone 8 will be released on September 22nd.
Now for the iPhone X…
Also coming in at 64 and 256 GB models, as well as the silver and space gray finishes, the iPhone X gets rid of the bezels that we’ve become accustomed to, as well as doing away with the iconic home button, the iPhone X is the phone most are eager to get their hands on.
Showing off an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch display, Apple is joining the current smartphone trend of going bezel-less. In fact, Apple is upgrading quite a bit in that department, giving us an OLED display for the very first time, calling it the Super Retina Display. This brings with it all the standard benefits of OLED, including more accurate colors, better image uniformity across the screen, etc.
The iPhone X Super Retina display supports 2046×1125 resolution, with 455 PPI, and HDR in both Dolby Vision and HDR.
This is also the first iPhone that will not have a home button, with the new screen reaching across the entire front of the device. Users can wake up their device by picking it up or swiping across any part of the screen. To close an app, simply swipe up on the screen and throw it away. Users can also reach Siri by simply saying “Hey Siri” or by pressing the side button.
The replacement comes in the form of a depth-sensing front camera that will unlock the phone by detecting the user’s face. Apple is calling it FaceID.
Using a True Depth camera system, equipped with an infrared camera, flood illuminator, dot projector and more all packed into the top of your iPhone, it allows a secure login for your phone, with the odds of someone being able to dupe your phone, billed at a million-to-one.
The feature is used for Apple Pay now, as well as a new feature called Animojis for messaging. Animojis use FaceID to lay your facial expressions into one of twelve emojis, and ruin your friend’s day by seeing a creepy alien mimicking their friends face.
Because of the combination of the new A11 Bionic chip and the enhanced camera, Apple is introducing a new Portrait Lighting, letting users select their lighting effects. These aren’t filters, but rather a real-time analysis of the light hitting the subject’s face, and these lighting effects can be added before and after the photo is taken.
Video is vastly improved, as well. Combined with that A11 processor, video can be captured at 60FPS in low-light mode, with faster frame rate support and 4K capture. Slo-mo videos shot in 1080p will have 240 FPS.
The front-facing camera is powered by that True Depth camera system that supports FaceID. But the big news here is that Portrait mode and Portrait lighting are now available on the front-facing camera.
The iPhone X starts at $999 for the 64GB model, with of course, the larger 256GB option.
Pre-orders for the iPhone X begin on October 27 and regular sales begin November 3.
Parents, prepare to see this on your child’s Christmas list.