One of the most anticipated events of the year 2017 finally arrived on September 12, when the celebrated fortune 500 American tech company, Apple, announced new golden additions to their exalted iPhone family at the company’s new headquarters in Cupertino. Apple, wanting to keep up the technological evolution with the launches by disclosing three feats in one day: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Let’s talk about the supposedly revolutionary iPhone 8. Although this new iPhone certainly lands a few steps ahead of its predecessor, the iPhone 7, it still falls short in some of the new features that Apple intended to introduce in the market when compared to its equally brand new rivals, especially the Samsung Note 8.
Design and Performance
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the logical evolutions of the iPhone 6 and 7, both in terms of design and performance. Both, in fact, share the same design and screen sizes (4.7 inches with 1,334 x 750 pixels for the iPhone 8 and 5 inches at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels for the 8 Plus) than the previous generation. Externally, the aluminum casing has been reinforced with a finish that emulates the glass and that Apple claims that it is 50% tougher than the previous generation.
Inside, both phones carry the new Apple A11 Bionic processor, a six-core chip similar to the A10X of the iPad Pro. Two of the cores are activated only for heavy tasks, while the other four are intended to streamline everyday tasks with an improvement of up to 70% on the A10. It is a 64-bit processor with half the power consumption of the A10 in the same tasks. The internal storage memory of both models starts at 64GB and goes up to 256GB.
Filling the huge internal storage will not be so difficult if we consider that the camera has improved remarkably. The iPhone 8 flaunts a 12 megapixel camera with image stabilizer. The 8 Plus remains the only one with a dual camera: f1.8 and f2.8 with 12 megapixel sensors and optical image stabilization.
Apple says the new camera is capable of capturing 83% more light. Portrait mode has also been enhanced with a number of lighting modes that can be switched before or after taking the picture. At the video level, you can record at 4K at 60 frames per second or at 1080p and 240 FPS. Phil Schiller says that both the cameras and the sensors of the phone have been optimized for use in virtual reality. The rear glass cover has another reason: wireless charging based on the Qi standard.
Price Pool and Availability
The iPhone 8 starts at $ 699 and the 8 Plus at $ 799. Both will be reserved on September 15 and will be in the hands of their owners from the 22nd. iOS 11 will reach all compatible devices on September 19.
The iPhone X
With the iPhone X, Apple does expect to leave behind any room for “incremental improvements” by incorporating everything, from wireless charging, to its large 5.8-inch OLED screen in a chassis without frames and putting an end to fingerprint unlocking by taking a bold step into the future, among other characteristics. The iPhone X is being considered “the” game changer in the smartphone market, with which Apple has given the best of everything as far as smartphones go. Welcome to the future we have all been waiting for!
Design and Performance
The iPhone X flashes a large 5.8-inch OLED screen in a fully glazed, frameless chassis. It also replaces the (now) outdated fingerprint unlocking (TouchID) and now bets on a sophisticated system of facial recognition that would work even in the dark. The equipment would arrive with one of the functions most demanded by the users: the wireless charging. But, perhaps the biggest change Apple introduced is the removal of the good old home button. The bottom additional space is dedicated to an area of contextual touch buttons that would change depending on the application being used.
Inside, the iPhone X is powered by the same A11 Bionic Chip with 6 cores (Septacore); The same one used in the iPhones 8 and 8 Plus. Also, the internal storage will start from 64 GB and go up to 256 GB.
Apple has included two front cameras with infrared sensor to recognize environment, distance and patterns based on neural networks so that they recognize the owner even in the dark. This new technology, called the ‘Face ID’ will also serve Apple’s payments and third-party applications.
Apple’s dual front camera is all set to pretty much replace the Snapchat application, with the introduction of the ‘Animojis’ (emojis that animate with the user’s own facial expressions.) Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of software, played with these new options during the release.
The 12-megapixels wide-angle and telephoto cameras will take your instagram skills to the next level, while the 7-megapixels true depth camera will make sure that your selfies are on fire. Users would also be able to record 4K videos at 24, 30 or 60 fps, as well as 1080p HD videos at 30 or 60 fps.
Price Pool and Availability
For all the amazing new features the new iPhone X has to offer, Apple has decided to keep the price from $999 to $1,149. The iPhone X won’t be available for preorder until at least by the end of October and is expected to generally release in the first week of November.
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