The Apple iPhone 8 is here. Allow Recombu Mobile to fill you in on the release date, specs, new features, prices and images aplenty.
Let’s be honest, you probably know an iPhone launch has taken place in the Steve Jobs theatre. But do you know everything there is to know about the iPhone 8? If not, allow us to fill you in because we have all the details.
Apple iPhone 8: What is it?
While the iPhone X sits atop the range as the most badass iPhone money can buy, the iPhone 8 is more of a minor step up from the outgoing iPhone 7, with the Plus version for those who want a slightly bigger display and have clown pockets.
The chassis design has glass up front and is a completely new design, which can be had in silver, space grey or gold. It is made from aerospace-grade aluminium, while the paint is applied using a seven-layer process.
The display, which is a glass design reinforced by steel, is said to be most durable ever in a smartphone. So hopefully much less prone to breaking when you inevitably drop it.
The iPhone 8 is also microscopically sealed for water and dust resistance, meaning it should survive rain and general wear and tear, but it is unclear what water resistance rating is has been given.
On the subject of sound, new speakers make the new iPhone 8 25 per cent louder than iPhone 7 and are of the stereo variety. Just in case you like to inflict your music on everyone around you.
Apple iPhone 8: What about the specs?
The Apple iPhone 8 uses the same 4.7-inch Retina Display as the iPhone 7 and has the same 1,334×750 resolution, meaning it is HD ready as opposed to full HD. It also has the same 2GB of RAM and the same 32GB starting point for internal storage.
A few changes have been made to the internals, such as the upgrade to Apple’s A11 processor and graphical processing unit (GPU), which will mean slightly better performance ─ especially as current iPhones always seem to slow down once a new model arrives.
A brand A11 Bionic chipset runs the iPhone 8 and Apple calls it the ‘smartest and most powerful’ processor ever. It is 64-bit and compared with the A10, two of its performance cores are 25 per cent faster while the four high-efficiency cores are 70 per cent faster.
Then there is an Apple-designed GPU, which has three cores and is, 30 per cent faster than previous A10 so games have the potential to be that much smoother and more detailed.
When it comes to photos, an Apple image signal processor allows for faster autofocus, improves image sharpness and has hardware multiband noise reduction for taking out that grainy texture in images taken in lower light conditions.
Meanwhile, an all-new 12MP provides 83 per cent more light, a wider dynamic range, lower noise, optical image stabilisation (IOS) and a new colour filter, plus a new portrait mode that is designed to improve the lighting on your face using a real-time algorithm.
The iPhone 8 offers high-quality video ever, especially as it analyses two million tiles on-screen every second (even during 4K at 60fps) to keep the picture looking as good as it can do.
For slow-motion, 1080p at 240fps means you have twice as many frames to play with than before so you can slow it down twice as much without any degradation.
Augmented reality specific additions include a new gryo and accelerometer for more accurate motion tracking, plus the new A11 chipset is specifically utilised to make use of the technology.
Apple iPhone 8: What are the new features?
The most interesting addition and one that is convenient is wireless charging. Third-party accessories mean you can plonk down your iPhone 8 on a charging plate and it will do the rest – no need to dig out a cable. Hardly new in Android or even Windows Phone land, but useful all the same.
Apple iPhone 8: Price, specs and release date?
The UK price for the Apple iPhone 8 is £699 for the 64GB, or £949(!) for the 256GB range-topper – £50 off the iPhone X, which is actually spelt with an ‘X’ but said as ten in case you were wondering.
At the time of writing, the UK website is yet to go live with a release date. But it is likely to be the same as the US, where orders open on the 15th of September, 2017, ahead of deliveries on the 22nd of the same month.
Apple iPhone 8: Should I buy one, then?
Without knowing the price, it is difficult to make a case for value for money, especially as the more powerful iPhone X has been confirmed.
But for those who were looking at an iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 is obviously more feature-rich and potentially worth going for if you want a better camera and faster performance.