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Apple unveils iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus featuring wireless charging and glass back

By Nestor Domingo Jr & James Lu - on 13 Sep 2017, 12:18pm

Apple unveils iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus featuring wireless charging and glass backs

Tech giant Apple has taken over Techiestorm by storm (literally), as they officially announced the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus; skipping the 'S' model update for the first time in eight years and adding new features such as a faster processor, wireless charging, a True Tone display, and upgraded cameras.

While the model number has gone a notch higher, the iPhone 8 still shares a lot of the same design language Apple has been using since 2014 with the iPhone 6. The biggest change between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 comes in the form of a new glass back, which we haven't seen on an iPhone since the iPhone 4s,  which enables the iPhone 8 for wireless charging through the widely-used Qi charging standard.  As with most other phones with wireless charging, you simply place the phone on the charging pad to charge it up.

Apple has also improved the display on the iPhone 8 and 8Plus by adding the same True Tone technology it offers on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to automatically adjust the screen based on the ambient light in the room to offer more accurate colors.

The processor inside the iPhone 9 and 8 Plus have been upgraded to the new A11 Bionic, a six-core chip with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster than the A10, and four performance cores that the company says are 70 percent faster than the old model. There is also a new Apple-designed GPU which boasts 30 percent faster, with the same performance as the A10, but only consumes half the power.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 has a new 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization in its rear camera, while the iPhone 8 Plus rear cameras have also been improved with wider f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures. The dual cameras on the 8 Plus also have a new Portrait Lighting feature to adjust the lighting for portrait shots. See our trial on the show floor in this video:

Augmented Reality will also play a big part of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus with its cameras calibrated for AR, along with a new gyroscope and accelerometer for better motion tracking.

Both models will be available in two storage capacities of 64GB and 256GB, and three colors of black, white, and gold, for the following prices:

  • iPhone 8 (64GB) - US$699
  • iPhone 8 (256GB)- US$849
  • iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) - US$799
  • iPhone 8 Plus (256GB) - US$949 

Pre-orders will start this Friday, September 15, 2017, with the phones set to release a week later in retail (September 22, 2017).