iPhone 8 Gets Wireless Charging, Better Screen, Better Camera

iPhone 8 Gets Wireless Charging, Better Screen, Better Camera

Ten years after Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone, today Tim Cook revealed the latest major revision of Apple’s smartphone. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have a lot in common with the iPhone 7, but a new processor, improved camera, wireless charging, and the iPad Pros’s True Tone display might be a compelling reason to upgrade again.

A Familiar Design

There was speculation that today’s event would only yield an updated ‘s’ version of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with minimal spec and feature bumps, as Apple has done with the past versions of the iPhone.

But Cook and co. are skipping ahead to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which each feature the same 4.7-inch (1,334 x 750 pixels) and 5.5-inch (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) LCD screens as the 7 and 7 Plus, but with the iPad Pro’s True Tone feature carried over to automatically adjust the colours on the screen depending on your surrounding lighting.

The new versions of the iPhone look nearly identical to their predecessors, including the non-clickable Home button featuring Touch ID’s fingerprint sensor.

But on the back of each device you’ll now find a full glass panel, like the iPhone 4 had, which facilitates the Qi wireless charging standard. That’s right, you can finally charge your iPhone by just plopping it down on the countless Qi-compatible wireless chargers already on the market.

Optional colours include silver, space grey, and a new gold tint, so those worried about losing their bling option can breath a sigh of relief. One additional feature that’s not immediately obvious is the addition of an extra speaker near the earpiece on the top of the device giving the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus full stereo sound.

Faster Guts

Inside the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is Apple’s new A11 Bionic 64-bit processor which features a hexa-core chipset similar to the A10X Fusion processor that can be found in the recent iPad Pros.

Two of the processor’s six cores will be dedicated to handling tasks requiring extreme processing power (think games, rendering and compressing video, etc.) while the other four will be dedicated to simpler tasks to improve efficiency and battery life.

The A11 also features Apple’s first custom graphics chip, with three cores which will presumably be a big assist as new augmented reality tricks debut on the iPhone.

A Great Camera Learns Some New Tricks

The iPhone 7 had one of the best smartphone cameras available, and the 7 Plus introduced Apple’s Portrait mode which used the device’s wide and telephoto camera lenses to calculate depth and artificially defocus the background of photos.

The iPhone 8 Plus further expands that functionality with a larger 12-megapixel camera sensor and a new Portrait Lighting mode that combines the smartphone’s flash and depth map to simulate studio lighting setups that don’t actually exist.

Like the original Portrait Mode, the results aren’t perfect when scrutinised, but adjusting the lighting on someone’s face in realtime is an incredibly fun feature that the selfie-obsessed should adore.

On the video side, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus also boost high-speed video capture to 240 frames per second at 1080P HD, and a new Apple-designed hardware video encoder designed to reduce the times of renders, improve video quality, and reduce file sizes.

So what’s it going to cost you this upgrade cycle? You’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus starting this Friday, September 15 for $US699 ($871) for the 64GB base iPhone 8 (or $US849 for 256GB), and $US799 ($995) for the 64GB base iPhone 8 Plus (or $US949 for 256GB).


  • To be honest, I was expecting something big, not just a catch up to the features we’ve seen on other random Android phones.

    One article stated it has ‘deeper pixels’. I guess that’s something new.

    • Apple hasn’t really been an ‘innovator’ for some time now. It’s MO is to take features done by others and try to do them better or at least in a more stylish and attractive way. Once Apple’s stock prices rocketed up to the stratosphere, the company has no longer been free to take risks. The most risky thing its done in recent times has been the watch (which I think has been a bit of a flop compared to internal expectations).

      • I don’t have an Android watch, as I can’t really justify the price of them. I think adding cell data to them is stupid though. You are just going to be sucking more battery which is the biggest issue I see with them. I’d prefer a somewhat ‘dumb’ watch that uses my phone to be smart.

  • I like using my phone for a couple of apps, calls and texts. I’ve been using an iPhone since the the 3G, and briefly had a Galaxy S3 as a work phone for a year. Currently isuing the iPhone 6S Plus. Well I think its safe to say when it comes to getting an upgrade, I’ll probably be switching to the next Google Pixel phone. Apple just seems to play catch up, and well since buying a Google Home, I’ve enjoyed using the google assistant a lot. I also can’t justify the high price Apple provides for not a lot of new things to update

    • Apple has always targeted the hipsters and the fashion junkies. Style over substance usually. The only good thing I’ll say is that Apple has always been about ease of use, and has generally succeeded (with some exceptions).

  • iPhone 8 Gets Wireless Charging, Better Screen, Better Camera

    …and then gets rendered obsolete about 2 minutes later when they announce the X.

    I would actually have massive reservations about the X given the few differences with the premium price – not to mention with the home button removed. Given how irritated i’ve gotten with my existing iphone (6S) since they changed the ‘swipe to unlock’ to ‘press’ shenanigans as it’s just 100% more of a faff than it used to be, I would need to compare both side by side to have a proper opinion either way, but regardless, I can’t imagine the masses who will sprint out to upgrade will even countenance getting the 8 when they know that there’s a ‘better’ version available. It’s a genius marketing stroke really, people will pay the premium, and next years updates can be set at (or near) the higher price point because they know people will pay it.

    Be ‘interesting’ if this model is how consoles will eventually evolve – new version every year, you need to buy one every 3-4 to stay current etc?

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