Apple has announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during the media event today. For the very first time, the event took place at the Steve Jobs Theather at the Apple’s new HQ.
Two Models: iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
The new generation of Apple iPhone comes in two different sizes, the iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch display and iPhone 8 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. Just that Apple has completely skipped the “7s” and go straight for “8” instead.
Glass Sandwich Design
The design is mostly identical to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but with the familiar glass back and aerospace-grade aluminium frame. The new chassis is still waterproof, probably the same IP67 rating as before.
Wireless QI Charging
The main reason why glass back for the iPhone 8 is to support QI Wireless charging. As a result, the new iPhone would work with all the current available QI wireless chargers! Apple also introduces the AirPower mat (available 2018) that is capable of charging your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods (require optional charging case).
Retina HD with True Tone
The Retina HD display comes with True Tone, wide colour gamut and 3D Touch. True Tone technology automatically adjusts the display white balance to match the ambient lighting for better viewing experience.
The iPhone 8 comes with a new 12 MP sensor. The sensor is now larger and faster than the iPhone 7.
Portrait mode on the iPhone 8 Plus gets even better with a sharper looking subject and more natural bokeh. The Portrait Lighting feature allows users to create dramatic lighting effects in Portrait mode.
Apple A11 Bionic
The new A11 Bionic Hexa Core CPU is a lot faster than the A10 Fusion while offering great power efficiency. The Apple-designed three-core GPU is 30% faster than the A10 Fusion. It also features a dedicated neural processing unit for the AI and machine learning algorithms.
Augmented Reality (AR)
The new chipset combined with the dual camera and wide array of sensors enables the iPhone 8 Plus to support a variety of Augmented Reality apps, which includes games and much more features.
And, of course, the new iOS 11 which is the most advanced, intuitive and secure mobile operating system. Getting to apps in Messages with fewer taps. Create new Live Photo effects. And discover new music with friends in Apple Music
Pricing & Availability
Both devices accept pre-order starting 15 September in selected markets and will be shipping from 22 September.
- 64 GB – $699 (~RM 2999)
- 256 GB – $849 (~RM 3749)
iPhone 8 Plus:
- 64 GB – $799 (~RM 3499)
- 256 GB – $949 (~RM 4249)
No news on the actual pricing and availability date for Malaysia market.