Apple Announces the New iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X

Tuesday, Apple held their long awaited iPhone event to debut not one, not two, but three new iPhones to the world – the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, and the much anticipated anniversary edition, the iPhone X (10). Many rumors over the last few months speculated the reveal of three new iPhones and it turns out that rumor checked out. So what new information was released?

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 Plus front and back
image via Apple

The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have taken some notes from its predecessors.  They now come in an all glass front and back design, something we haven’t seen since the iphone 4 and 4s. Although the overall design is reminiscent of the last two iPhone models, this new glass look gives the iPhone 8 a somewhat refreshing feel.

Apple’s decision to go with the all glass design helps with their long awaited feature, wireless charging.  This feature utilized the Qi wireless standard. For those that don’t know what wireless charging is, it basically means that now instead of charging your iPhone with the included charging cable, you can now simply place your phone on a qi enabled charging mat and it will charge your phone.

These iPhones will come in silver, space gray, and rose gold (which looks more like copper this time around).

Buyer’s will finally get an update to the iPhone’s Retina display with true tone technology allowing the phone’s screen to adjust to the color tone of the room you’re in. Although this isn’t the first iDevice to feature this technology (first seen on Apple’s iPad Pro) it is the first time it has been featured in an iPhone. To put it simply, it will act as a white balance compensation system of sorts to determine the right amount, intensity and temperature of white light you’ll need.

The last major update to note is the iPhone’s camera. While it still sports a 12 megapixel dual cameras, it comes with a new feature called portrait lighting that essentially gives you several option to try and replicate studio lighting when taking photos particularly portraits. The cool part is that this effect can be applied before or after the picture is taken.

Other than that, these iPhones are iterative updates over last year. Don’t let these names fool you, although Apple has skipped the “S” moniker this year, the iphone 8 and iphone 8 plus are still incremental updates to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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iPhone X

iPhone X screen and interface

The phone everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived and it has some new tricks up its sleeve.

This phone has a completely different design from the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The most notable change to this phone is the removal of Apple’s familiar bezels and home button. It’s now all screen with a notch in the top for the front facing camera.

Speaking of the screen, Apple has managed to keep a 5.8 inch diagonal screen but the phone is slightly smaller than the Plus line of phones. For those interested in specs, the phone is now using OLED technology with high dynamic range and true tone technology that packs 458 pixels per inch.

The front and back of the phone will also be made of glass, but the iPhone X will include a case made of stainless steel.

With the removal of the ever familiar home button, the iPhone X now uses gestures to maneuver around the interface. These new gestures will definitely be a learning curve for just about anyone used to the home button but it is a welcoming change. To wake up the phone, users can tap the screen. To get to the home screen from apps, users will swipe up from the bottom.

To substitute the Touch ID feature, Apple has developed a new feature called Face ID. Users will simply need to look at the phone to unlock it. Apple claims the chance of another user unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID is 1 in 1 million compared to 1 in 50,000 using Touch ID.

Like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone X comes with wireless charging as well as only two hard drive configurations: 64 and 256 gigabytes.

Starting price for the iPhone 8 is $699, the iPhone 8 Plus will start at $799, and the iPhone X will start at $999. Pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus starts Friday September 18th and will be available Sept. 22. Don’t expect to preorder the iPhone X anytime soon. Pre-orders won’t start until October 27th and will start shipping on Nov. 3.

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