iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus launched with revolutionary wireless charging, updated cameras, AR features

After months of leaks and rumours, Apple has finally taken the wraps off the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus at an event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are updated versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus respectively and come with wireless charging, updated cameras and a slightly tweaked design.

The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch ‘Retina’ display. The iPhone 8 Plus on the other hand comes with a larger 5.5-inch panel. Both smartphones have a TrueTone display with cinema wide color gamut and 3D Touch. The True Tone display changes its colour temperature and hue depending on the surroundings in order to reduce eye strain.

Both smartphones look extremely similar to their predecessors with one major exception. While the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were crafted entirely out of series 7000 aluminum, the chassis of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus consists of two pieces of glass sandwiched between an aluminum mid-frame.

Apple claims that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature the same look as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but come with an all-new glass and metal design. The smartphones are made from aerospace grade aluminum with a 7-layer color process. The stereo speakers on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are 25 percent louder than the ones on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are powered by the Apple A11 Bionic chipset, which Apple claims the A11 Bionic is the smartest chip ever in a smartphone. It has two high performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. Apple says that the chipset is up to 70 percent faster than the A10. The smartphones also come with an all new Apple designed GPU that is up to 30 percent faster than the one found on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

On the imaging front, the iPhone 8 comes with an all new 12MP sensor that provides up to 80 percent more light. It has deeper pixels, an all-new colour filter, optical image stabilization and wider dynamic range of colours.

The iPhone 8 plus on the other hand comes with a dual camera setup at the rear with two 12MP sensors with apertures of f/1.8 and f/2.8. Just like the recently launched Galaxy Note 8, both sensors have optical image stabilization (OIS). Along with the Portrait Mode introduced in the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 Plus also gets a new feature called Portrait Lighting which changes the lighting effect on the photo. The smartphone also allows you to select the lighting effect by swiping through different options.

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Apple claims that the iPhone 8 offers the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone. Both smartphones come with an Apple designed video encoder for real time image and motion analysis and better and more frame rates.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also come with Augmented reality features. Apple claims that they custom tuned each iPhone for AR – the cameras are calibrated for augmented reality. Both phones come with improved gyro and accelerometer for better AR motion tracking. The A11 Bionic CPU, new ISP, and Apple’s new GPU all work together to enhance the phone’s AR capabilities.

The glass backs on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also enable support for wireless charging. Apple claims that is the primary reason for the design shift. Both smartphones support the industry wide ‘Qi’ wireless charging standard. During the launch event, the company also said that various retailers, car manufacturers and airports are starting to build Qi chargers and they will work with the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 also supports Bluetooth 5 and LTE advanced. Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in two configurations – a 64GB variant and a 256GB variant. The iPhone 8 will start at 699 dollars while the iPhone 8 Plus will start at 799 dollars.

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