Apple took to the stage last night to announce a few new devices. Watches, TV boxes, and phone were on the programme and Apple did not disappoint. One of the, but certainly not the most, anticipated products was the successors to the current iPhone line.The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were shown and they are not dissimilar in looks to the iPhone 7. As you would expect, Apple is keeping things in line with the previous generation and not radically revolutionising the phone, however, some of the new hardware features include support for wireless charging, a new heart called the “A11 Bionic processor” and they can shoot video in 4K.
Oddly one of the bigger changes is the naming conventions, up until now the “S” phones were the name of what we would normally have seen as a mid-generation upgrade. This year, the tenth year of the iPhone Apple has shifted a digit, probably to keep one ahead of Samsung’s 7 series. Materials used have been shaken up, also. Losing the Aluminium casing has been replaced by glass, much like the iPhone 4. Both feature Retina HD displays with the iPhone 8 having a 4.7-inch screen while the larger iPhone 8 Plus packs a 5.5-inch display.
The iPhone 7’s excellent camera has been improved, a 12-megapixel sensor features faster autofocus in low light and impeccable detail, particularly in low light. The 8+ will see a beta feature allowing the light levels to be tinkered with before and after the shot has been taken. Waterproofing has been slapped onto the body to help with the dreaded poolside/toilet bowl slippage.
Pre-orders go live from 15th September, and the devices will be shipping on 22 September. Prices start at £699 for the 64GB iPhone 8, going up to £849 for the 256GB version. The iPhone 8 Plus comes in at £799 for the 64Gb version and £949 for 256GB. There are differing colours available however I’m not going to mention them as one of them is horrendous.