The media has been talking a lot about Apple’s iPhone X, which is understandable considering that it is the first iPhone in a long while to feature a radical redesign and also the one that has new intriguing features, like the facial recognition feature called Face ID.
Drowned out in the noise of the iPhone X is Apple’s other set of new phones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Call these two phones the updated iPhone 7 and 7 Plus since when all is said and done, they are really just updated versions. The key changes are the glass back, upgraded display, improved camera, wireless charging and the addition of augmented reality capability.
Slightly Changed Design
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus does not have the edge-to-edge display of the iPhone X. They retained the bezels and the Home button.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have practically the same design as the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. They have the same size and the same looks. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, however, are now made of aluminum and glass. They’re still water and dust resistant but now have upgraded displays and studio speakers. The display uses Apple’s True Tone technology which automatically adjusts the intensity of white light to suit the lighting conditions in the room. Apple claims that it has excellent color accuracy compared to previous models.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are also now more powerful. This is courtesy of the new six-core processor which Apple calls the A11 Bionic. This, by the way, is the same processor used on the iPhone X.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus use a new image processor with quicker autofocus in combination with that A11 chip. Apple claims that the resulting photos are better looking. Both the 8 and 8 Plus have optical image stabilization. The 8 Plus, however, uses 12-megapixel dual cameras with dedicated sensors. In terms of software, the cameras on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus offer various lighting effects like Portrait Lighting that should give users much creativity when composing shots. Video on the phones has also been improved as they can now capture 4K video at framerate of 60fps. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are also capable of capturing slow-motion footage at 1080p and 240fps.
Apple claims that new iPhones are also optimized for augmented reality. This technology has been on Android phones for quite some time but it remains to be seen if Apple does it better, if at all. Augmented reality or AR is a feature that combines digital images or elements with actual shots or elements, giving the user an impression that these digital elements actual exist in the real world. This is used in games and other practical applications.
The new iPhones now offer wireless charging, a feature which, again, has been on Android phones for quite some time. Wireless charging is possible on the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus since they now both have glass materials on the back. This apparently was not possible with the unibody aluminum design of the previous iPhones. Users will be able to charge the phones on Apple’s charging mat called the AirPower.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Specs Rundown
7-inch display for iPhone 8; 5.5-inch display for iPhone 8 Plus
Powered by an A11 Bionic chip, two performance cores
12 mega-pixel camera with two new sensors and optical image stabilizers
“Portrait Lighting” feature uses the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus’ dual cameras to sense depth and rework the lighting while you compose the shot
Water and dust resistant
New gyroscopes and accelerometers for augmented reality
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be available in 64GB and 256GB configurations and will be priced at $699 for the iPhone 8 and $799 for the iPhone 8 Plus. For Philippine pricing, you can make an educated guess by using the same process used for getting the price of the iPhone X.
The new iPhone come in silver, space gray and gold colors. These will have the same availability in the Philippines as the iPhone X.