Apple Inc. on Tuesday launched not one, not two, but three new revolutionary iPhones – iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.
In this blog, we will talk about the specifications and features of the brand new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Most of the words used in this article are from Philip W. Schiller, who presented the new iPhones at the launch.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature all-glass body on the front and back. The glass has a 7-layer color process, which is further reinforced by laser-welded steel and copper upper structure. The beautifully polished band around these iPhones is made from an aerospace-grade 7,000 series custom aluminium alloy. Apple claims that the materials used are the most durable ever in a smartphone.
The latest iPhones are microscopically sealed for water and dust resistance. Phil Schiller introduces the new Retina HD display, which is 4.7” on the iPhone 8 and 5.5” on the iPhone 8 Plus. Retina displays are renowned for their incredible colour accuracy, wide cinema quality and colour range. These smartphones have built-in 3D Technology into the display.
The latest iOS phones have many first-time features. One of which is the True Tone Display which attunes the temperature, colour and intensity to the ambient light around us.
Packed with new stereo speakers, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are 25% louder than iPhone7 and have deeper base.
iPhone8 and 8 Plus run on the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone – A11 BIONIC chipset. A11 BIONIC delivers top performance through its 64-bit design, six-core CPU, and 4.3 billion transistors. The two high performance cores are 25% faster than the A10, previously used in iPhone 7. The four high-efficiency cores are 70% faster than that of A10 chip.
The A11 BIONIC chipset is managed by the 2nd-Gen Apple-designed performance controller, which uses all the six cores at once and gives up to 70% improvement in multi-threads workloads. The first-ever Apple-designed three cores design GPU is 30% faster than the graphics of the A10. The GPU is designed to accelerate 3D apps and games. The three cores GPU is also incredible for Machine Learning apps and core ML framework.
Tuesday launch of the iPhone series also saw the intuitive Apple-designed ISP (Image Signal Processor), integrated into its cameras. Apple engineers have captivated the advanced technologies and techniques used in professional photography into its ISP to empower iPhone users to capture breathtaking images and videos. Its new camera features faster low-light autofocus, improved pixel processor for sharpness and texture, hardware multi-band noise reduction which helps to improve performance and take better pictures.
Some of the most differentiating factors between iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the screen sizes and the cameras. Let’s have a look at the camera features.
Iphone 8 Camera
- All-new sensor – larger and faster and provides 83% more light and it’s more power efficient
- Deeper pixels
- New colour filter – better colour saturation, a wider dynamic range of colours, and lower noise in your photos and videos
- Optical Image Stabilisation
Iphone 8 Plus Camera
- 12MP dual cameras – telephoto camera and wide angle camera
- All-new sensors
- f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures
- optical image stabilisation
There is a new advanced photographic feature called Portrait Lighting, which will be available on the iPhone 8 Plus. This feature is currently in Beta mode, but will be shipped with the iPhone 8 Plus.
How Portrait Lighting works?
When you are in the camera app, use the portrait mode to capture photos. The Dual camera and the ISP sense the scene and adjust accordingly. It creates a depth map, it separates the subject from the background and then, using Machine Learning, it creates facial landmarks and changes the lighting of the contours over your face.
There is a new menu, using which you can select the lighting effect you want to use; just swipe through the options to pick a different effect that’s appropriate for you. These lighting effects aren’t filters. These are real-time analysis of the light on your subject’s face. After you shoot a photo, you can use the photo into the app and change the lighting effect to select the one you want to use on your photo.
The camera is capable of recording 4K videos at 60fps. You can also record slow motion videos at 1080p at 240 fps, that’s double the frame rate of iPhone 7.
The hardware and software on the new iPhones are integrated for Augmented Reality. The cameras are calibrated for AR to perform exceptionally well even in low-light and 60 fps. The new gyroscope, accelerometer and the accurate motion tracker add up to its perfected arrangement.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus support LTE advanced for fast networking connections. Bluetooth 5.0 is enhanced to support various accessories; it supports EarPods, the Beats X headphone, which uses W1 Chip and the new Beats Studio3 as well.
The new iPhone series offer the freedom of fast-charge capability, wireless inductive charging with Qi open wireless standards.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come in Silver, Space Grey and Gold finish. Available in configurations of 64GB and 256GB; the price of iPhone 8 starts from $699, while iPhone 8 Plus starts from $799.
Pre-order for the latest iPhones starts from September 15 and will be available a week later on 22 September.
Existing iOS users can upgrade to the latest iOS 11 from September 19 onward.
For Apple enthusiasts in India, the latest iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are scheduled to be launched on September 29.
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