LATEST: The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been unveiled at a major event in California. The next generation smartphone series was revealed to comprise silver, space gray and gold designs, as Apple left the revelation of the wraparound iPhone X to last, after 4K Apple TV and Apple Watch products were also revealed. This glass-backed smartphone has also abandoned the aluminum which was prominent in previous releases.
iPhone 8 display
Displays in the two devices were frozen as expected with the Retina HDR screens being 4.7-inches in the iPhone 8 and 5.5-inches in the iPhone 8 Plus. There was no immediate word on resolution, but it is expected that this will be unchanged from the previous iPhone 7 releases, meaning that the maximum resolution will be the full HD of the iPhone 8 Plus.
iPhone 8 camera
Apple also took a significant amount of time to announce the new camera functionality included in the iPhone 8. The specs of the smartphone are not hugely altered, but the aperture has been shaved to 2.8 and 1.8. These are pretty impressive figures, to be fair, and should result in massively improved shooting in lower light conditions.
Other new camera features were also strongly pushed. Naturally enough, these were headlined by the augmented reality functionality that was widely predicted ahead of the release of the two devices. Atli Mar Sveinsson, CEO of Directive Games, appeared on stage to proclaim that this new feature puts you directly in the game. Figuratively speaking, of course…
Apple has switched the iPhone 8 to a glass-based design in order to deliver wireless charging for the first time. This was also heavily promoted, with two wireless chargers on offer – the Mophi and the Belkin. This feature will undoubtedly be welcome, particularly as it has featured prominently in existing Samsung Galaxy releases.
Price and release date
The iPhone 8 will be available at a rather affordable $699 for a model with 64GB of storage; the least on offer. The smartphone will be available for preorders on Friday, where it will line up alongside the new Apple Watch. Consumers will pay $100 more for the iPhone 8 Plus, which will also have some modestly increased specs in comparison to the iPhone 8.
UPDATE 09-12-2017: The countdown to the iPhone 8 continues. Here ValueWalk looks at the latest rumors.
The design of the iPhone 8 is likely to be extremely similar to the iPhone 7, with the wraparound display and new approach to the iPhone range to be reserved for the iPhone X. Thus, we can expect the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to feature flat panels and significant bezels. It is also possible that these devices will be constructed from different materials to the iPhone X, which is expected to be dominated by a glass design.
iPhone 8 Display
The display of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be rather similar to those included in the iPhone 7 generation. There will be no edge-to-edge screen or slimmed down bezels, meaning that the 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch screens of the last generation will be retained. There will probably not be an increase in resolution either, considering that the iPhone X has been earmarked for quad HD. This will mean that the iPhone 8 Plus offers full HD resolution once more.
Camera capabilities in the iPhone 8 will be something of a bone of contention, with Apple faced with a difficult decision regarding what technology to include. The snapper in the iPhone X is set to be a revolutionary unit, at least according to the Apple hierarchy. This means that the dual-camera in the iPhone 8 Plus must presumably be slightly worse than the iPhone X, if the two devices are to be significantly distinguished.
This could mean that a very similar snapper is included in the next generation phablet to the camera that was present in the iPhone 8nd 7 Plus last year. And it still seems likely that the iPhone 8 smartphone will benefit from a dual-lens snapper.
Battery quantities will definitely be increased in the iPhone 8 generation, and this means that the iPhone 8 Plus battery may exceed 3,000 mAh. This would be very welcome, as the lifecycle of iPhone devices has been criticized in the past. We can’t expect to see such a large cell in the smaller iPhone 8, but Apple could deliver a battery of around 2,500 mAh.
It also remains to be seen whether the six-core processor linked with the iPhone X will be used in either the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 8 Plus. The odds are probably against this notion, with the iPhone 8 likely to receive its own central processing unit, which will probably be based on quad-core architecture. However, Apple could easily spring a surprise here, which would be particularly welcome for those consumers purchasing these more affordable units.
One area where we almost certainly will not see upgrades over the iPhone 7 is the RAM memory included in these smartphones. Leaks from a disgruntled Apple employee have already revealed that the iPhone X will feature 3GB of memory; identical to the amount included in the iPhone 7 Plus last year. This means there it’s highly unlikely, or pretty much inconceivable, that the iPhone 8 Plus will feature more than 3GB, meaning that the iPhone 8 memory is likely to be frozen at 2GB as well.
However, the storage included in the iPhone 8 generation is set to be increased considerably, with reports indicating that this figure will be doubled to 512GB. This will be native storage only, though, with Apple affording the micro SD flexible card technology a rather frosty reception traditionally. This is unlikely to change with the iPhone 8 generation, meaning that users will not be able to expand storage manually.
With Apple likely to eliminate the Home button from the iPhone X, this won’t necessarily be the case with the iPhone 8 generation. It is debatable whether the Face ID system will migrate to these more affordable units, and it may be that the consumer electronics giant retains the traditional Home button and Touch ID systems.
Despite grumbling from many fans of Apple devices, there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that Apple intends to reinstate the 3.5mm headphone jack in the forthcoming generation. This means that wireless music playback will be necessary for consumers of the iPhone 8, as well as the top of the range iPhone X.
The iPhone 8 also won’t benefit from the augmented reality technology that will form part of the armory of the iPhone X. It is thought that the camera system involved in delivering new AR features will not be included in the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, making this a non-starter.
However, it is believed that the wireless charging system that Apple will introduce for the first time in 2017 will appear in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. This will be a welcome piece of news