The most awaited event on the gadgets scene so far happened today at Apple’s new Steve Jobs theater, on their newly-constructed Apple Park in Cupertino – the announcement of their new products.
After dozen and dozen of rumors getting out on the last few weeks, Apple has finally announced the new iPhones, namely the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (last year models successor) and the iPhone X (pronounced as iPhone ‘Ten’) that serves as the commemorative edition for iPhone’s 10th year anniversary this year.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Apple’s latest iteration of iPhones are powered by their new A11 chip: a six-core CPU, including two high-performance cores, which are 25 percent faster than the A10 and four high-efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the A10. Apple is also including a three-core GPU which is optimized for Apple’s Metal 2 graphics framework..
Colors and Additional Features
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will come in Silver, Space Gray and Gold colors, and sporting an all-new engineering design that enforces glass at the back, resembles the ones you found on the iPhone 4 family. 3D Touch is now enabled all throughout the display, which can further extend the functions on the device while still keeping its water resistance. They’ve also introduced Animoji that lets you send messages on iMessage that can be animated using your face using the TrueDepth Camera.
Just like the rumors said, these new-generation iPhones will be the first among Apple’s smartphones to support Qi wireless charging, which enables the phone to be supported by a lot of wireless charging docks available.
Optics and Shooters
A single 12-megapixel camera with an all-new sensor is still on the iPhone 8 while the dual cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus feature two 12-megapixel cameras with all-new sensors and apertures of f/1.8 and f/2.4.
Apple says that these cameras put in more light than ever, all while being more power-efficient and AR-friendly. Apple also showcased that the new iPhone 8 can now record Full HD clips at up to 240 frames per second. Whoa.
iPhone X (pronounced as iPhone Ten)
Rumors were right.
The third iPhone that was unveiled today was the rumored iPhone X – the commemorative iPhone. It has a bezel-less display and just like the iPhone 8, it will have a glass finish on the front and the back. It also has the 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED Display, with a resolution of 2436×1125, and bearing a small cutout for the earpiece and the camera. Powering the smartphone is an A11 bionic chip similar to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Say goodbye to TouchID
It doesn’t have a home button that normally acts as the fingerprint scanner, but they’ve now introduced a feature called Face ID (they’ve replaced TouchID) that can recognize your face, replacing the well-known biometric security. This Face ID uses TrueDepth Camera system that can’t be spoofed easily.
Optics and Shooters
The iPhone X has 12MP dual cameras similar to the iPhone 8 Plus, but you can see the difference through the photo above. Also, the front camera now also supports portrait mode and portrait lighting.
Specifications (iPhone X)
Display: 5.8-inch Super Retina HD OLED display @ 2436×1125 pixels, 458 ppi, HDR display, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical), True Tone display, Wide color display (P3), 3D Touch, 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
CPU: Apple A11 bionic chip, 6-core processor
Connectivitiy: Bluetooth 5.0, 4G, LTE-Advanced, WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac
Features: Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
Wireless Charging (Qi-compatible)
Dimensions: 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm
Color: Space Grey, Silver
Pricing and Availability
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be available in two configurations — one with 64GB of internal storage and 256GB. It will be available starting at USD $699 (~PhP35,7K) and USD $799 (~PhP40,1K), respectively.
While the iPhone X will come also in 64GB and 256GB storage and price will start at USD $999 (~PhP49,9K). It will be available starting November 3.
However, there’s no word yet about Philippine and other market availability – so we’ll update you when these Apple handsets lands on the Philippine shores.