We always look forward to new handset announcements from Apple, and its latest event didn’t disappoint, with news of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and – to really make a statement – its tenth anniversary special, the iPhone X.
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If you’re still undecided, below we take a look at some of the biggest new features and what you can expect from each of the new handsets.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
The biggest change to the new iPhone 8 handset is its glass front and back, but there’s no need to worry if you’re a bit of a butter fingers. This glass is touted as the most durable ever put into a phone, with steel and copper reinforcement. The handset display is nearly bezel-less, with glass on both the front and the back of the device, and the back of the phone is finished off with a stainless-steel look, available in silver, space grey and gold.
The glass back not only gives a new look and feel to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but also makes wireless charging – already established in the Apple Watch and competitor models – a reality for new iPhone owners. Now, placing your phone on a platform will have it charged and ready to go.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus both feature two 12MP cameras, with a shot at sharper, more detailer images from both the front and rear-facing cameras. Each has new, larger, and faster sensors to let in more light – meaning better texture and colour quality. Another benefit for the user is sharper detail and increased flexibility in low light, as well as the new Portrait Lighting feature, which automatically changes the lighting effect on portrait shots.
If video is more your thing, then the iPhone 8 does not disappoint – boasting the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone, according to Apple, analysing 2 million tiles per second to predict image and movement – meaning better videos.
The display also inherits True Tone, previously reserved for iPad Pros, to represent colours more accurately whatever the lighting, and give a clearer view of photos and videos.
To take all these wonderful photos, you’ll need a device high in storage space and the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus fit the bill, coming in two storage sizes – 64GB or a whopping 256GB.
The A11 Bionic chip is a powerful new addition to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. With six cores dedicated to performance and high-efficiency, these new handsets promise increased speed and capability as we undoubtedly expect our phones to do more and more for us on a day-to-day basis.
The iPhone X made the design statement of the night, becoming Apple’s most high-end model to date, and a natural flagship handset. Made from stainless steel and glass, this refreshed handset features a continuous surface from front to back, and a nearly bezel-less screen that fills the entirety of the phone’s front. With it, Apple has said goodbye to what is arguably its most iconic feature – the home button, and with it Touch ID. Now users can simply tap the screen to ‘wake up’ the phone, and swipe up the bottom to go home.
With the loss of Touch ID, comes Face ID. Now you can be sure that no one will unlock your smartphone, unless you happen to have an identical twin! Facial recognition will be the new way to unlock your handset, with an infrared sensor allowing this feature to work even when it’s dark, and security levels that, according to Apple, make it the most secure handset yet.
The iPhone X is the first iPhone to be treated to an OLED display, providing 5.8 inches of the high resolution and rich colours that we’re more used to seeing in our TVs. Add to this the Super Retina display, and you have the highest pixel density ever delivered in an iPhone.
It’s not all serious, with ever popular emojis getting a major revamp with the addition of animojis – or animated emojis. This is where the new 3D scanning camera comes into play – with the camera able to create new animoji to reflect users’ unique facial expressions.
Apple has also extended its facial recognition software to work with augmented reality, which means even more ways to customise your filters on Snapchat – offering hours of fun.
When it comes to the camera itself, the device includes all the features of the iPhone 8, with dual 12MP cameras, f 1.8 and 2.4 apertures and OIS on both cameras. Added to these is the iPhone X TrueDepth camera, along with Portrait Mode and Lighting on the front camera, taking us yet another step closer to selfie heaven.
For anyone who has ever known the pain of a drained battery, the final feature of the iPhone X will be music to your ears. This new handset has two hours more battery life than the iPhone 7 – perhaps the most important feature of all when exploring everything new about the iPhone X.