Meet The New iPhone: Here Are The Details You Really Care About
Here are the quick and dirty facts on the phone model you'll probably own soon. Including wireless charging, edge-to-edge screens, Face ID, and more.
Hark, sound the hype trumpets and herald the call to spend your money on a new phone—because the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X (pronounced "iPhone Ten"), have arrived and crikey, they're a beauty.
The most profitable company in the world unveiled the new models (and Apple Watch Series 3 with cell service, upgrades to Siri and updated fitness tracking capabilities) at its brand new Steve Jobs Theatre Tuesday morning at 10am PDT. It's the most anticipated Apple event in forever.
This is the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone, but that’s not the only reason every tech-loving gal and her cat was foaming at the mouth, pre-unveil.
In recent months, rumors around the iOS 11 operating system have been flailing all around the internet like a drunk guy playing Buck Hunter. Would the latest update allow for animating graphics called “animoji?” Could it include facial recognition, instead of a fingerprint scanner? Will it sell for a pumped-up price of $1,400, unless you opt for less storage (rude)? The suspense was palpable—for the people who care about product launches, anyway.
For the rest of us, here are the quick and dirty facts about the phone/s you’ll probably soon own. Unless you’re an android user, in which case, go ahead and keep fighting the power!
The big news? Throw out your dirty old cords, gang. Wireless charging is now a thing! Forget cables. All three of the new models will utilize the wireless charging standard, called Qi.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus both come with brand new retina display and edge-to-edge glass in the front and back, the “most durable ever glass in a smartphone,” according to the brand. The models come in new shades of Silver, Space Grey and Gold. iPhone X comes in Space Grey and Silver.
Bigger news? The home button will be missing from the iPhone X, instead you'll swipe up from the bottom of the screen and unlock it using Face ID (it looks at you—even in the dark—and recognizes your face).
The future is here, folks. And all things considered (facial recognition technology and "animjoi") it's kind of terrifying.
The new phones are made with aerospace-grade aluminum alloy, and they’re water and dust resistant. The speakers will be 25 percent louder than iPhone 7, and with deeper bass.
The A11 Bionic chip, which powers the whole thing, is being called the “most powerful and smartest chip ever in a iPhone,” and will feature 25 percent faster performance cores than the iPhone 7's A10 chip.
Plus, a not-so-sexist bonus: Siri is growing up and getting some new voice options—both male and female.
The new models come with a 12MP camera sensor on the front camera, deeper pixels, new color filters, and image stabilization that allows for sharper images, less “noise” and less messed-up saturation.
This camera is now fancier than the real camera. And this officially means that our love of selfies has overtaken our desire to look at the world around us.
iPhone 8 Plus also has a new feature called “portrait lighting” that relies on the model’s dual cameras. It allows real time analysis of the light on your own or your subject’s face. Video functionality also allows for some impressive 4K shooting, too.
The price and availability
- iPhone 8: $699 for a 64GB model. Order from September 15. Available from September 22.
- iPhone 8 Plus: $799 for 64GB. Order from September 15. Available from September 22.
- iPhone X: $999 for 64GB. Available for pre-order from October 27.
- Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular: $399. Order from September 15. Available from September 22.
- Apple Watch OS 4: Available September 19.
- Apple TV 4K: $179. Order September 15. Ships from September 22.
- Apple iPhone X: $999 for 64GB and $1,149 for 256GB. Order October 27. Ships from November 3.
Words: Jerico Mandybur