After months of rumors and speculation, the new iPhones are finally here. In addition to the special-edition iPhone X and a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus counterpart, the iPhone 8 serves as the successor to last year’s iPhone 7 ($826.00 at Amazon Marketplace). You can pre-order the device on Friday, September 15 and it’ll be available next week on September 22. The phone comes in two memory capacities, 64GB and 256GB. In the US it starts at $699. If you live in the UK it starts at £699 and in Australia it costs AU$1,079.
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Like its predecessor, the iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and aluminum body. But it has a slightly new look, with a steel-reinforced glass back, which allows for wireless charging. The iPhone is still dust- and water-resistant (satisfying the IP67 protection standards) and comes in silver, space grey and gold.
Apple also updated the iPhone’s camera chops. Though it still has a 12-megapixel rear-shooter and optical image stabilization, it features additional color filters, a new sensor and software tweaks that make it easier to adjust lighting effects. Slow-motion video capture at 1080p gets smoother as well, at 240 frames per second (doubled from last year).
Powered by a proprietary six-core, 64-bit A11 Bionic processor, the iPhone 8 purportedly runs 30 percent faster than last year’s A10 CPU and runs more efficiently at half the power. With the A11 processor, Apple ushers its iPhone into AR-related apps and games, an industry that’s already been explored by rival companies such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft. It also features iOS 11 out of the box, which features new animated emojis, more languages with Siri’s translation services and a refreshed Control Center menu.
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