Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now available officially on store or to purchase online. To ensure people do not forget about the new iPhone with so much attention lavished on the upcoming iPhone X. Apple has posted a new 45 seconds promotional video that highlights just why the iPhone 8 are so impressive.
1. An all-new, durable glass design
Though Apple’s iPhone 8 models may look similar to last year’s iPhone 7, there’s an important changes in material worth noting. As opposed to the iPhone 7 which featured an aluminum back, the iPhone 8 back is made out of glass, a design decision made to support the iPhone 8’s new wireless charging feature.
2. Portrait Lighting camera mode on iPhone 8 Plus
One of the big new features on the iPhone 8 Plus is Portrait Lighting, a new camera mode that uses the phone’s dual-camera system to adjust the lighting around your subject to add different effects.
It’s an enhancement to last year’s Portrait photo mode, which was designed to bring the iPhone’s camera closer to a high-end DSLR through software enhancements. Portrait mode’s software separates the subject from their surroundings and creates a blurred effect in the background. The new Portrait Lighting mode uses a similar tactic to adjust the lighting effects around the subject.
3. Wireless charging
As appealing as the concept of charging your phone without those annoying cables may sound, the concept’s name is misleading. You still need to plug your charger into an outlet, then make sure your phone is within range of it. It’s that wireless charging eliminates the need to actually plug anything into the phone itself. Instead, you rest the device on a compatible charging mat or pad, making it possible to heft the device when needed without worrying about unplugging first.
4. The new A11 Bionic chip, the world’s fastest
The A11 Bionic is the chip featured on the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, and we finally have some benchmark scores. Suffice it to say, the chip shows off some pretty serious performance. According to the scores on Geekbench, the iPhone 8 hits a massive 9,983 on its multi-core score and 4,198 on its single-core score, putting competitors to shame.
5. Even better cameras
The Apple iPhone 8 Plus has a main camera system truly worthy of a flagship phone. Similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, it features two cameras — a wide-angle 12MP main camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera with a slower lens for zooming in on subjects and for special effects such as Portrait mode. Comparing the camera datasheets of the older iPhone 7 Plus and the new iPhone 8 Plus make the two look almost identical; however, under-the-hood upgrades have given the 8 Plus an image quality and camera performance boost in almost every one of our tested categories.
Key camera specifications:
12MP main (wide-angle) camera with BSI sensor, f/1.8 lens
12MP telephoto camera, f/2.8 lens
Optical zoom, with digital zoom up to 10x
Portrait Lighting (beta)
Optical image stabilization (main camera only)
Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow sync
Autofocus with focus pixels
Wide-gamut color capture
Body and face detection
6. Water resistance
Apple’s iPhone X features an IP67 water resistance rating, which is identical to the water resistance rating of the iPhone 7, according to Apple’s iPhone X features page. With an IP67 water resistance rating, the iPhone X is splash, water, and dust resistant.
IP67 is two numbers, one that refers to the dust resistance rating and one that refers to water resistance. IP6x is the highest dust resistance rating, so the iPhone X is fully protected against dust.
7. New Retina HD display
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus supports Retina HD displays with True Tone feature that adjust the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light for a more natural, paper-like viewing experience. The iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.5-inch display. Both the devices also feature stereo speakers setup, which the company claims are up to 25 percent louder and deliver deeper bass and speakerphone calls.
8. Augmented reality
Apple showed off a handful of new augmented reality demos to show the efficacy of its new ARKit platform and power of the new camera and A11 Bionic chip on the just-announced iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The demos, which ranged from gaming to sports, showed off high-fidelity visuals placed dynamically in the real world, view able through the iPhone’s camera lens.
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