Apple today unveiled the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at the Steve Jobs Theater. The new devices feature glass sandwich design reinforced by a stainless steel band. The phones use the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, have True Tone Retina HD displays (LCD-based), 25 louder stereo speakers and deeper bass than iPhone 7.

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The phones are powered by a new Apple-desgined 64-bit A11 Bionic chip with six cores offering 25 faster compute performance than the A10 Fusion chip (with the two high-performance cores) while the four energy-efficient cores deliver 70 percent faster compute performance.

The new chip integrates an Apple-desgined GPU providing three cores GPU delivering thirty percent faster GPU performance. The phones, in 4.7 and 5.5-inch flavors, use the Retina HD display. They have improved 12-meagpixel dual cameras and come in Silver, Space Gray and a beautiful new gold finish.

A new image signal processor powers new Portrait lighting features that work in real time. In terms of video capture, the new devices uses Apple-designed video encoder doing real-time image analysis. While you’re shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second (another improvement) , the phone analyzes two million tiles per second to constantly optimize your video.

Slow-mo video is now available in 1080p at 240 frames per second, double the frame rate of the previous devices. Each camera is individually calibrated while sensors have been improved to deliver accurate augmented reality graphics with ARKit.

While existing phones that use either Apple’s A9 or A10 chip are able to run ARKit-powered apps, Apple says that the new sensors and the fact that the cameras are individually calibrated at factory makes for even better augmented reality experiences.

In terms of wireless, the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus support LTE Advanced, Bluetooth 5.0 and, yes, wireless charging (cue the “Android had it five years ago” comments) via the widely available Qi open wireless charging standard.

This means that Qi-certified wireless chargers will work with the new phones (Apple highlighted third-party chargers from Mophie and Belkin) and you’ll be able to charge your iPhone 8/Plus using charging maps at airports, in restaurants and more.

iPhone 8 starts at $699 and comes in 64GB and 256GB versions. As for the bigger iPhone 8 Plus, it starts at $799 and is also available in 64GB and 256GB flavors.

The phones will be available for pre-order on September 15 and are scheduled tossup on September 12. Finally, Apple says iOS 11 will release for public consumption on September 19.

We’ll have a lot more on the new iPhone 8 series so be sure to stay tuned to iDownloadBlog throughout the day. Who’s excited for these new iPhones?

  • Mike M. Powell

    Only think that caught my eye was the new portrait lighting. coming from an ip7+ with bokeh/depth effect. This’ll seem like a fun project. May just learn how to use photoshop more and skip this phone and wait for the 8s/X next year

    • Shadowelite123

      Lol i got so worried they weren’t going to announce it or that it would be announced later in the year.

  • jakeopp

    RIP people who though Apple was going to skip inductive charging

  • HamptonWalley

    Why don’t they call it 7s? Why do they call X 10? Iphone 7 is the generation 10. So stupid they are, so bad Steve Jobs is gone, pretty sure he would not proud for their naming!

    • Shadowelite123

      The X is for the 10th Anniversary of the original iPhone release, not the 10th iteration of the iPhone.

  • Juniors234

    Looking forward to seeing some really cool looking AR games.

  • Jay

    iPhones base models price just jumped up!

    • Shadowelite123

      I was honestly disappointed when I saw the base prices for the 8 and 8 Plus models because I thought that was paving anticipation for a cheaper price for the X. Its not really a deal breaker for me though as I kind of expected it at the same time.

  • M_Hawke

    “cue the ‘Android had it five years ago’ comments”

    It seems like Christian in a couple of articles about these new product releases lately tries to blunt the obvious facts by saying something similar to this. As if by saying it, he’s trying to invalidate anyone who may have that opinion.

    Well, yeah, now that you brought it up, Android did have it five years ago. So have many other manufacturers. And we’re all wondering why it took the celebrated Apple engineers so long to incorporate it. We’re also wondering why Apple’s direction in some ways is the opposite of what much of their customer base wants, instead, giving us what they think is best for us. Well, I guess as long as people buy their stuff in droves, it doesn’t matter, does it?

  • igobythisname

    iPhone 8 and X are now here! Any reasons to ditch the ‘7S’ naming tradition are showing invalid and false! Apple may have introduced the new iPhone as 8, but really what they’re giving us is a 7S! If an 8S comes out next year, well, let’s just say I hope to see more videos of folks hulk-smashing products inside Apple stores!