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We were all anxiously tapping away on our current iPhone 6/6s/7 /7 Plus, waiting for September 12th – aka the date our new mobile phone purchase would be announced – at the new (and incredibly fancy) Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple Campus in Cupertino, CA.
And with the 8 and 8 Plus launching on the 22nd, and the X launching on November 3rd, there were plenty of reasons to be excited.
We can’t remember life without it, but the iPhone celebrated its 10th birthday in 2017. These three new models gave us a clue as to what we could expect from the phone that revolutionised our mobile experience for the next decade to come…
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Apple CEO Tim Cook’s emotional opener at the Apple Event paid homage to Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind the first ever iPhone, and when Cook took to the stage to announce the first new iPhone release, his words rang true: “No other device in our lifetime has had the same impact on the world as the iPhone has.” It was a fitting sentiment with which to unveil an impressive new duo of phones, that are both comparatively state-of-the-art.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus design
Bigger is better, baby – at least when it comes to the iPhone screen. The iPhone 8 boasts a huge all-screen display measuring 4.7 inches for the iPhone 8 and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 8 Plus – exactly the same dimensions as the iPhone 7. Housed in a sleek glass body, it’s as user-friendly as ever and easy to stuff in your painted-on jeans pocket (or that super-trendy micro-shoulder bag you impulse-bought in the summer sales).
The glass covering the front and back of the iPhone is the most durable ever in a smartphone, with aerospace-grade aluminium wrapped around the sides, and microscopically sealed for water and dust resistance.
The beautiful screen is also more vibrant than ever, with a wide cinema-quality colour gamut and TrueTone technology, which adapts to the ambient lighting around us to optimise how the screen appears.
The new design also includes three classic-but-new colour-ways, like a reflective version of the iPhone that looks just like a mirror. Now, considering we spend a lot of our time staring at our phones, it’s not too far a stretch to gaze longingly at our new iPhone body.
Also, rose gold is so over – replaced by a new, subtler blush Gold Finish variant – and joined by timeless, sleek colours including Silver and Space Grey.
Wireless charging with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
One of the reasons for the new iPhone all-glass design (other than the sheer beauty of the aesthetics) is that electricity passes through glass better than metal, priming the phone for one of its key new features – wireless charging, which works through an Apple-compatible charging pad.
They’re also using Qi open wireless standard, to help universalise this next step in smartphone development.
The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus specs
Apple have certainly pulled out all the stops and added in some seriously cool tech.
Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will have a new chip with breakthrough performance, something that Apple are calling the A11 Bionic Chip. They claim it’s the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone, with a six core CPU and some impressive stats. The A11 Bionic chip is 70% faster in terms of efficiency, 25% faster in terms of performance, and there’s a 70% improvement in multi-threaded workloads. Plus, the Apple designed GPU gives you graphics that are 30% faster than the A10 chip. Nice.
Not only is this great news for 3D and VR games, it’s also a big win for machine learning apps (which need to track and manage multiple processes simultaneously).
Oh also, we should mention the speakers, which are 25% louder, stereo, and feature a deeper bass.
Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus will come in 64GB and 256GB, to suit all manner of storage and data needs.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus camera
It’s not an iPhone launch without some awesome camera updates – and we weren’t disappointed with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
The iPhone 8 boasts a 12MP camera, upgrading your everyday photographic skills thanks to optical image stabilisation and a new colour filter that offers better saturation and better dynamic range of colour.
Of course, iPhone 8 Plus has the same dual camera functionality as the iPhone 7 Plus, but with the added benefits of the aforementioned image stabilisation and new colour filters.
They boast a 1.8 and 2.8 aperture range respectively.
However, the biggest camera news of the night has to be the Portrait Mode. Portrait Lighting, which is available on the iPhone 8 Plus only, uses the dual cameras to sense the scene and separate out the subject from the background. You can then change and adapt the lighting of the photo to suit the situation – including how the light responds to the contours on your subject’s face. It’s a real time analysis of facial lighting that’s unprecedented in smartphone technology.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus has the highest quality video ever captured by a smartphone. The real time motion analysis detects changes in the content – leading to sharp, beautiful, textured footage. You can shoot at 4k, 60 frames a second and your iPhone 8 will analyse 2 million tiles every second to try and detect whether it can see grass, sky, water or movement, and optimise how it is filming to suit your needs.
You can also film at 1080p HD at 240 frames per second – which are some pretty awesome slo-mo specs, if you ask us.
Also, Apple is really pushing boundaries when it comes to experimenting with augmented reality, and the camera is going to play a key role in that. Recognising objects? Yeah, it can do that. Being able to help users navigate their way around cities by superimposing directions through the camera? It does that, too. Oh, and if you need to work some facial manipulation magic on your pics, this phone is the one for you…
To find out the latest on how Apple is playing around with AR, be sure to check out what iOS 11 is bringing to a phone and iPad near you.
With the iPhone turning 10, we weren’t surprised that Apple celebrated by bringing out the iPhone X (pronounced as iPhone 10). Tim Cook announced that this phone was going to “set the path for technology for the next decade” and that it was the “biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.”
iPhone X new design
The design is where the iPhone X really stands apart from the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The phone is all screen – edge to edge, top to bottom. The fully glass exterior follows the same super strong formula as the iPhone 8.
Also water and dust resistant, this phone comes in just Space Grey and Silver – keeping things minimal and classic.
However, instead of settling for just the Retina display, they’ve upgraded us to the Super Retina Display.
Measuring 5.8 inches diagonally, the phone has a breathtaking 2436 x 1125 resolution – displaying up to 2.7 million pixels. That means the resolution is 458ppm – which is the highest on any iPhone.
It’s also the first OLED display used on an iPhone. Although OLED screens traditionally offer great contrast, high resolution and thinness, manufacturers usually have to sacrifice other things like brightness levels, colour support and pictorial accuracy.
But with the Super Retina display, these issues have been overcome and now they are offering HDR display, Dolby Videion and HDR10, 3D Touch and TrueTone colour display.
iPhone X – no Home button!
As some rumours predicted, the Home button is no more with the iPhone X.
There are plenty of ways to get into your phone though. Raise it to wake it, or simply tap on the screen.
You can also return to your home screen by swiping up from the button, and hover as you swipe to access your multitasking carousel.
It’s also possible to use voice activation to access Siri, or use the bigger side button.
iPhone X Beefed-up security
The coolest feature on the newest iPhone may just be its improved security features. Namely the infrared sensors that can recognise your face and unlock your device when you look at it, which are used in tandem with a 3D camera. Apple are calling it Face ID, and the sophisticated tech uses eight different camera components to flood your face with over 30,000 invisible IR dots, creating a mathematical model of your face, which it can scan, memorise and recognise from multiple angles.
Also, before you ask, yeah it can deal with make up, glasses, hats, wigs, and a whole other host of other personal quirks. Apple think that there’s only a one in a million chance that someone can access your phone with their face, if it’s not registered with Face ID. Compare that to one in 50,000 for the Touch ID seen on the iPhone 7 and 7S (and the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8S) and that’s pretty impressive.
Not only can this cool feature be used to unlock your phone, it’s also compatible as a way of authenticating purchases in Apple Pay and in third party apps.
Our favourite feature of the iPhone X has to be the new animated emojis – or Animojis.
Using facial recognition technology, you can now animate your favourite emojis to mirror your facial expressions, and even talk like you. Suddenly you can be a grumpy panda. A laughing kitten. A frowning poo. And you can record little looping videos, voice messages and pictures to your contacts.
Other cool iPhone X features
The iPhone X is full of cool features including two more hours of battery life, wireless charging (as per the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus) and a dual-lens vertically aligned camera with optical image stabilisation, Quad-LED TrueTone flash, and an Apple designed video encoder.
Featured image courtesy of Apple