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, Apple instead released three smartphones as part of the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone.
While the iPhone X was the star of the show, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus represent substantial upgrades over last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, including a new glass and aluminum design, an A11 “Bionic” chip and wireless charging.
They are also significantly cheaper than the iPhone X, so if the price of the top-of-the-range model makes your eyes water, these are definitely worth considering. Introducing the iPhone 8, Apple executive Phil Schiller said the device “improves on everything we love about the iPhone”.
Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Highlights:
- Silver, Space Grey and a new blush gold colour.
- Apple claims it’s the most durable glass ever in a smartphone
- Water and dust resistant
- 4.7″ 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 AR (augmented reality)
- New Portrait Lighting feature: machine learning creates facial landmarks and enhances light effects on the face (8Plus)
- Wireless Charging
- Pre order on September 15, available on September 22
- iOS 11 available on September 19
- 64GB and 256GB
- iPhone 8: £649 for 64GB, £849 for 256GB
- iPhone 8 Plus: £749 for 64GB, £949 for 256GB
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus design, display and specs
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are similar in appearance to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 were officially announced last night at the 2017 Apple Event, and it turns out the long-rumored handsets are what we’d previously thought would be the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7S Plus. They come alongside the new high-spec iPhone X.
– The new iPhone 8 Plus is one of the first phones from Apple to come with a glass back. Apple claims it’s the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, but it didn’t reveal what glass protection it uses. This isn’t the first time Apple has used glass in its iPhones. The iPhone 4 and 4s had a glass front and back panels, with a stainless steel band sandwiched between the two.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Display
– The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus features the same size displays as their predecessors. The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch screen while the larger iPhone 8 Plus packs a 5.5-inch display.
The iPhone 8 comes with a 4.7-inch LED-backlit Retina HD display, which is the same as the iPhone 7 it succeeds. It has a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels, which results in a pixel density of 326ppi and it features a standard 16:9 aspect ratio.
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus, comes with a 5.5-inch LED-backlit Retina HD display, the same as the iPhone 7 Plus. Its resolution is set at 1920 x 1080 pixels, which means a pixel density of 401ppi and it too has a standard aspect ratio of 16:9.
– The iPhone 8 comes with a single 12-megapixel rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization and digital zoom up to 5x. It has wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos and it has a Quad-LED True Tone flash with something Apple is calling Slow Sync on board.
The iPhone 8 Plus has a dual-rear camera setup offering two 12-megapixel sensors, one of which is a wide-angle sensor, the other a telephoto sensor. The wide-angle sensor has a f/1.8 aperture, while the telephoto lens has a f/2.8 aperture. There is optical image stabilization on board, along with optical zoom and digital zoom up to 10x. It works in a very similar way to the iPhone 7 Plus, but there are a few upgrades.
Like the iPhone 8, it also has wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos and a Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync, but it also offers Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting, the latter of which is a new feature that will launch in beta mode.
Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are capable of 4K video recording from their rear cameras up to 60fps and they also offer 1080p slo-mo video support at either 120fps or 240fps. The two devices also come with a 7-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash, and 1080p video recording.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus specs
Apple has also designed its own GPU for the A11 Bionic, which the company says will allow for 30% faster graphics than in the A10. There’s also Bluetooth 5 tech built-in that allows for a faster connection and longer range than the previous tech.
- A11 Bionic chip
- 64GB and 256GB storage options
- Wireless charging with Qi
The new glass design means that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus can both be charged wirelessly, using third-party charging pads from the likes of Belkin and Mophie.
The two devices will come in 64GB and 256GB storage options, with Apple ditching the 32GB starter model for the 2017 handsets. The company doesn’t reveal the RAM capacity, though it is thought the iPhone 8 has 2GB of RAM, while the iPhone 8 Plus has 3GB of RAM.
Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have TouchID on board for biometric security, allowing users to unlock their devices and pay for items with Apple Pay using their fingerprints, like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Battery life remains the same as the iPhone 7 for the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7 Plus for the iPhone 8 Plus, with up to 14 hours and 21 hours talk time respectively.
Powered by iOS 11
Apple always launches its new iPhones with the latest software build, which for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X is iOS 11. Apple previewed some features of the new build at its developer conference in June, including updates to Maps, Control Centre and Siri. The iOS 11 GM has been released for Developers and Public Beta Testers last night and it will be available to the general public on the 19th of September.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus release date
Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will available to pre-order from 15 September, with the devices shipping on 22 September.
iPhone 8 price:
- £699 for the 64GB version
- £849 for the 256GB version
iPhone 8 Plus price:
- £799 for the 64Gb version
- £949 for the 256GB version