The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus finally hit the stores next week. Apple announced the new features of the two phones, together with the unveiling of iPhone X, last night at the Apple Event. There’s a lot to digest, which is why we’ve broken it down for you into bite-sized information, especially for those who are looking to switch from an iPhone 7 (or iPhone 7 Plus) to one of the new phones.
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Yes, you can officially bid goodbye to rose gold. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come in three colours: space grey, silver and a new gold finish. For those who are wondering whether the 8 Plus comes in black, the answer is, no.
If you thought your iPhone 7 is sleek, wait ’till you see the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which has a glass back design. It’s reportedly made with the most durable glass ever, so we can assume it won’t break when – or if – it falls. Like their predecessors, the new iPhones are also water- and dust-ressitant, which are always plus points.
The screen sizes of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the same as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus respectively. Like their predecessors, the new iPhones also come with Retina HD® displays. What’s different about the new display is that it comes with True Tone®, which automatically adjusts the white balance to match the surrounding light.
The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are powered with the A11 Bionic, which is purportedly the “most powerful and smart chip ever in a smartphone”. So, the new iPhones are probably smarter than your current one.
There’s no doubt that the iPhone cameras are good, but the new additions to the family have an improved camera with a larger and faster sensor, a new colour filter and deeper pixels, which means you’ll be able to capture photos faster and in more vibrant colours. Taking photos in low-light conditions? The new camera reportedly has faster autofocus in such conditions. What’s more, it has a new quad LED True Tone Flash and Slow Sync, which work hand in hand to make your background and foreground look more uniformly lit.
iPhone 7 Plus may have introduced us to the world of Portrait Mode, but iPhone 8 Plus sees an upgrade with the Portrait Lighting feature, that allows you to select from five lighting styles to create portraits as if you’re in a controlled studio situation. Who knows, people might think you’re a legit portrait photographer!
While the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did away with the earphone jack and used the lightning port for both charging and audio capabilities, Apple took it a step further with iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which come with wireless charging capabilities.
Here’s the bad news: The earphone jack didn’t come back. So you can either stash your earphones away, or invest in a wireless one, like Powerbeats3 Wireless or AirPods. Or you can buy an adapter because the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus still come with a lightning port.
If you’re into 3D games and AR apps, you’ll be delighted to know that the iPhone 8 Plus will give you just the experience you want, thanks to the TrueDepth camera, A11 Bionic CPU, and graphics processing unit that works at 60 frames per second. Tl;dr: It’s built for the AR experience.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in increased 64GB and 256GB capacity models starting at S$1,148 from Apple.com/sg and Apple Stores and is also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).
Customers will be able to order iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from Friday, September 15, with availability beginning Friday, September 22, in Singapore.