That’s right: There’s no iPhone 7s this year. Instead, Apple is going straight to the iPhone 8, totally ignoring the tick-tock style we’ve grown accustomed to.
The design of the two new smartphones is largely the same as their predecessors, except this time, you’ll find a slab of glass on the back. This enables Qi wireless charging (the most popular one), a feature Android users have been using for years, so it’s about time Apple adapted it as well.
Still, the look is largely the same as the design language we’ve been seeing since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched in 2014. The upgrades are more internal this time around, improving on overall performance as well as camera quality.
The biggest change is the inclusion of the six-core A11 processor, which is up to 70 percent faster than last year’s A10 chip. The graphics unit is apparently upgraded too, providing 30 percent better performance than before.
As for the cameras, the smaller iPhone 8 once again settles for a single 12-megapixel camera, but with optical image stabilization — finally! This should lead to steadier shots despite shaky hands. Dual rear cameras return for the iPhone 8 Plus, now with larger apertures (f/1.8 and f/2.8) for brighter photos. There are improvements in Apple’s signature portrait mode; you can activate something called Portrait Lighting to adjust light on a person’s face in real time.
What Apple is most proud of is the phones’ emphasis on augmented reality. The two smartphones are built for the system, having cameras calibrated for AR along with more accurate motion tracking and sensors for gauging depth. A lot of the software tricks are possible through iOS 11, which comes built into the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
They’ll be available beginning September 22, with a starting price of US$ 699 for the iPhone 8 (64GB storage) and US$ 799 for the iPhone 8 Plus (64GB storage).
[irp posts=”18285″ name=”Apple iPhone 7 is the best-selling phone of Q2 2017″]
Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus video review
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review
One of the best things about getting an iPhone is simplicity of choice.
Every year Apple releases two phones, the iPhone and the iPhone Plus, and picking between them is as simple as answering, “small screen or big screen, one camera or two?”
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! review: Catching ’em all once again
Isn't Eevee absolutely adorable?
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 review
Part two of the Max experiment
Lenovo Yoga C930 Review: It could have been the best
It's just missing one thing...
Apple is getting sued for false advertising
Honor smartwatch with MediaTek chip may be coming
These aren’t your typical Christmas decorations
Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy Flex will cost so much
Cooking on High, Islands: Now Playing
Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000
Best Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P10,000 to P20,000
Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400
Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P20,000 to P30,000
Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000
Enterprise2 weeks ago
Converge introduces faster fiber plans starting at 35Mbps
Reviews2 weeks ago
Apple iPhone XR review: By Android users
Features1 week ago
Here’s why OPPO created a new brand called Realme
News2 weeks ago
Samsung caught tweeting with an iPhone
Features6 days ago
Honor 8X vs Xiaomi Mi A2: Head-to-head comparison
Features2 days ago
9 Best Gaming Smartphones (Q4 2018)
News2 weeks ago
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855, promises 5G phones in 2019
Features1 week ago
6 white smartphones you won’t regret buying