Long-awaited iPhone 8 has finally made an entry along with iPhone X. Though the grand 10th-anniversary event of Apple was not just limited to iPhones and upgrades to the Apple products like Apple Watch or Apple TV, but let's keep this just limited to iPhones.
It's been ten years since the first iPhone made the entry and a lot has changed over the years like the introduction of Siri, Touch ID, iOS, Apple eco-system, dual-camera, removal of audio jack and now edge-to-edge display this year. The journey of Apple with iPhones has been a success, to continue the trend, Apple launched three-iPhone models this year for its fan along with announcements of Animoji, ARKit, tvOS and much more.
But again, sticking to the iPhones, here is everything you need to know about the three new iPhones- iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X.
iPhone 8 comes with a 4.7-inch Retina display, while the elder brother iPhone 8 Plus is rocking a 5.5-inch Retina display, same as the one found in iPhone 8. Though there was no clear statement made on the display specifications, it was all *beautiful display* Apple was teasing the whole time.
iPhone X: The special edition iPhone X has a 5.8-inch Super Retina display. Yes, not the one found on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus but a better one with better display density of 458ppi, the best ever found on any iPhone. The resolution of the other is tagged at 2436 x 1125. But better display density is not something that makes it great, but edge-to-edge display surely does. Yes, like any other flagship, Apple has introduced bezel-less display in the iPhone X.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is made up of glass front and back with aluminium edges and side while the premium iPhone X is covered by 'Stainless Steel' body along with glass front and back.
All the iPhones launched in the event are officially water-resistant, so surely you can swim with a $699 smartphone in your pocket.
Inside iPhone 8 we get Apple's own A11 Bionic chip which is based on 10nm technology. The 10nm technology is the best and the fastest architecture technology available right now in the tech world.
The new chip is made by six-cores combining two-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. For the comparison part, Apple claims that the new A11 Bionic chip is way faster than the previous A10 chip, while the performance cores are 25% faster and high-efficiency cores being 70% faster over A10.
iPhone X: Just like iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X is rocking the same A11 Bionic chip.
Also, it is just not the chip, but Apple has made changes in Graphic Processing Unit too, with this time around Apple constructing their chip, which is comparatively 30% over the Power VT GPU found on A10.
Dual-camera is nothing new in an iPhone, and we have already seen dual-camera setup last year in iPhone 7 Plus. Apple, continuing the fashion, didn't feature the dual-set up on the smaller variant but it is just the Plus variant featuring dual 12-megapixel sensors at the back with f/1.8 and f/2.8. On the other hand, iPhone 8 has a single 12-megapixel sensor.
iPhone 8 Plus has got the better of the camera with featuring the usual 'Portrait' mode. There is a new feature that Apple has introduced, called Portrait Lighting. This allows the user to tag a specific part of the image with filters and colour adjustments in real-time.
iPhone X: The bezel-less buddy of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus has the edge over the two phones with the two 12-megapixel sensors, which have a better aperture of f/1.8 and f/2.4 for better low light photography. Also, for the Portrait lovers, the front camera of the iPhone X is capable of shooting Portrait selfies. *heaven*
iPhone X also has got Dual-Optical Image Stabilization unlike the iPhone 8 Plus which features OIS in the primary lens only. For the people unaware of OIS, it helps in stabilising the shots so more OIS better the stabilisation.
For the video part, the new iPhones can shoot 4K at 60fps, while for the slo-mo lovers it can shoot at 1080p at 240fps, though it may be the software tweak the Apple may be teasing, it will be exciting to test this camera.
Okay, it was already out that the new iPhone series will be rocking wireless tech. According to 9to5mac, iPhone 8 was meant to feature slow charging tech from Qi with the power of 7.5W only, and we think that's what Apple did in real life. The wireless tech which Apple teased as Airpower is running on Qi Standard tech which will definitely charge your device but you may prefer wired charging for a quick juice up.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus did maintain the Touch ID, and now Apple seems to be least interested in improving this tech as Facial ID is up in iPhone X.
The latest OLED display edge-to-edge display forced Apple to ditch the Touch ID this time around, though Apple did try to implement on-screen Touch ID but failed. Apple has introduced Facial Recognition (Face ID) in iPhone X.
Face ID seems to be the least interesting thing covered in most of the presentation with Apple putting everything to justify the implementation of Face ID. Yes, we don't have anything against Face ID, but this tech might be a fraction slower than the Touch ID. While between all this, Apple claims that chances of your phone getting unlocked with someone else's face are one in a million *unless you have an evil brother*.
Okay, it was not more of a iOS 11 but a demonstration of how an iPhone with no Touch ID will handle iOS. It is pretty much fine with iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but as anyone would say, iPhone X depends on touch gestures. Swiping up will throw you to the home screen while swiping up and pausing for a moment will pop-up the recent apps. Handling a phone with gestures might sound a bit weird, but it seems to be fun. Also, it might sound uneven but witnessing the whole gesture thing, I personally think 2018 will be the year when we quit navigation bars.
Apple teased some breathtaking AR games and tech. The star of the AR part, Machines from Directive Games, showed a multiplayer shooting game which lets you play with people online. Though it may take a while to show how the whole AR thing works, do stay tuned with us for a detailed review on how AR can change 2018. Cutting the story short, Apple demonstrated ARKit, which was first announced at WWDC 2017 in a more realistic way this time with some game and camera fireworks.
Just an iPhone X thing, Animoji will use the Face ID create custom 3D versions of your facial expressions in the form of an emoji. Animoji will be available for messages app on iOS 11. Animoji also enables the user to send voice command along with the facial expression of the user.
This time there are no 32GB models introduced by Apple but 64GB will be the base model from now on.
The pricing of iPhone 8 starts from $699 while the Plus starts from $799. Both the phone will be available for pre-order from September 15 and will go live on September 22.
For iPhone X you might have to late a little long, the X which starts from $999 will go up on October 27 and will go live on November 3.