A few hours ago, we learned from Apple’s keynote about the new set of iPhones. We have seen three new devices, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the revolutionary iPhone X.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, The Base iPhones
Let us start off with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. They have the same size and design as of the last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. However, the new ones have an Aluminum enforced glass on the back, and a 7000 series aluminum on the frame of the phone. These two iPhones now come in a new color, a different shade of Gold.
In terms of hardware, all the newly launched iPhones come with the class apart Apple A11 Bionic chip, which offers better performance than last year’s already leading Apple A10 Fusion chip. The A11 Bionic chip also has great AI capabilities. Their displays are 4.7” and 5.5” for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus respectively, both of which sports 3D Touch and a True Tone display. They feature the same design as of their predecessors, only with the difference in their build material.
The new iPhones also boasts of louder stereo speakers, and new camera sensors, offering much faster autofocus while adding the capability of shooting 4K at 60 fps or 1080p at 240 fps for a Slow Motion video. The cameras also have enormous AR capabilities, enabling the user to play AR games and watch sports with better information, in turn offering them an amazing experience.
The Keynote focused a great deal on the wireless capabilities of the Apple devices. The iPhone now comes with the Bluetooth 5.0 technology, but more importantly, it is the wireless charging that makes the headlines. Now, as a car geek, what really got my attention was the ability to use Apple CarPlay through wireless charging, on partnered vehicles. It is much easier to simply get in your car, set your phone down, charge it, play some music and all of it without any hassle of cables.
iPhone X, The Flagship
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus out of the way, and in comes Apple’s meat and potatoes! The hype around today’s keynote was surrounding the 10-year anniversary iPhone.
Starting off with the most obvious of all, the display. The “ Super Retina” 5.8” OLED HDR10 display on the iPhone X flaunts a resolution of 2436 x 1125 with a pixel density of 458 ppi (pixels per inch) and is claimed to be a combination of both, the great quality and contrast ratio of a regular OLED display, and the brightness of an IPS LCD. I haven’t seen the screen with my naked eyes now, but from the looks of it, I definitely wouldn’t be disappointed. It takes up the whole display, and while most people will disagree, I think the design could have been better. Personally, I would choose a more uniform design and would go for equally sized bezels.
Nevertheless, the iPhone X’s back design is very similar to that of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The only difference would be the orientation of the camera. iPhone X features the dual cameras vertically in contrast with the horizontal orientation of the iPhone 8 Plus cameras. A minor detail which many would have missed is the placement of flash in the iPhone X. The flash now sits in between the two cameras. Along with the bezels, the home button is being replaced by gesture controls, where the different swipes perform a different action. Along with the home button, the Touch ID is ditched in favor of an all new Face ID, that works in all lighting conditions. It uses as many as 30,000 different points on a face to identify the user, offering more security than Touch ID, and faster than before.
Did you know that the probability of a Touch ID being compromised was 1 in a 50,000 while the compromising probability of a Face ID is 1 in a million, which makes Face ID 20 times more secure than the previous iPhones. The keynote highlighted many new software features that are added to the new iPhone but in my opinion the highlight of which was the Animojis. That’s right, as the name suggests, these are emojis that are animated depending on your face and can be sent along an audio note as a voice over. A hey are only available in iMessage, but it would not be a surprise if it made it into the Apple Keyboard through software updates.
The keynote showcased many new software features added to the new iPhone X, but in my opinion, the highlight of the day would be Animojis. Animojis, as given away by the name are animated emojis that recognize and mimic more than 50 facial muscles. They can be sent to a friend along with the voice overs. They will currently be available in iMessage, but it would not be a surprise if it makes its way into the Apple Keyboard through software updates.
Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the iPhone 8 will start at $699. The iPhone 8 Plus will start at $799 and the iPhone X will start at $999. All of which have a standard capacity of 64GB, upgradable only to 256GB. We still don’t know the cost of upgrading the storage as of now. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus preorders start on September 15th, and will be shipped on September 22nd. You will be able to preorder the iPhone X starting 25th of October, and shipping of the iPhone X starts from 3rd of November. The current generation iPhones will be upgradable to iOS 11 starting 19th of September.
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