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iPhone 8 Arrives… But It’s Not The Future?

by John Carroll on September 15, 2017

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This week, Apple unveiled the next generation of iPhones, a new Watch, an updated Apple TV and a variety of software updates to excite and confuse you.

Before we get into details, let’s takes a quick look at the announcements, release dates and prices.

Apple Special Event - iPhone X

What’s Coming

iPhone X – 64GB $999 ($49.91 per month). 256GB $1,149 ($56.16 per month). Pre Order Friday 10/27 at 12:01 a.m. Available 11/03.

iPhone 8 Plus – 64GB $799 ($39.50 per month). 256GB $949 ($45.75 per month). Pre Order Friday 09/15 at 12:01 a.m. That’s late Thursday evening! Available 09/22. 

iPhone 8 – 64GB $699 ($34.50 per month). 256GB $849 ($40.75 per month). Pre Order Friday 09/15 at 12:01 a.m. That’s late Thursday evening! Available 09/22.

Watch – Series 3 – Watch – Aluminum – Starts $329. Stainless Steel – Starts $599. Nike+ – Starts $329. Hermes – Starts $1,149. Edition – $1,299. Pre Order 09/15. Available 09/22. GPS only models are not available in all categories. Cellular + GPS models are generally $70 more than standard GPS models. Series 1 will now be priced at $249.

Apple TV 4K – 32GB $179. 64GB $199. Older model still available – 32GB $149. Pre Order 09/15. Available 09/22.

macOS High Sierra – Free download for the Apple Mac. Available 09/25.

iOS 11 – Free download for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Available 09/19.

Watch OS4 – Free download for Apple Watch. Available 09/19.

Give Me The Details

Here I listed only the new or notable features of each product. You’ll find a full feature breakdown on Apple’s website.

iPhone X OLED Display

iPhone X

It’s been ten years since Steve Jobs stood onstage and held up the first iPhone. iPhone X celebrates that anniversary with a unique design, advanced technology and a steep price. It’s completely different from the iPhone 8 and a good indication of what future iPhones will look like.

iPhone X New Screen Super Retina HDR

  • 5.8″ Edge to Edge OLED display – True blacks, high brightness, and 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.
  • Super Retina display. 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi.
  • Display has High Dynamic Range and wide color gamut for accurate, stunning colors. Supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10.
  • True Tone display – Adapts to ambient light conditions.
  • Face ID – Facial recognition system for security.

iPhone X Face ID

  • A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture.
  • Neural engine.
  • Embedded M11 motion coprocessor.
  • Hardware and software optimized for Augmented Reality.
  • Animoji – Animated emojis that copy your facial expressions.

iPhone X Animojis

  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras. New design for wider deeper color range and low light capability.
  • Dual optical image stabilization.
  • Portrait Lighting (beta). Light your subject like a professional as you shoot.
  • 7MP front ‘true depth’ camera.
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers).

iPhone X Airpower Charging Mat

  • New speakers – 25% louder with deeper bass.
  • Battery lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

iPhone 8 Plus

  • New design with glass front and back – Most durable glass ever in a smartphone.
  • 5.5″ retina HD widescreen LCD Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and wide color gamut.
  • 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi.
  • True Tone display – Adapts to ambient light conditions.
  • A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture.
  • Neural engine.
  • Embedded M11 motion coprocessor.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Water Resistant

  • Touch ID system for security.
  • Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers).
  • 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras. New design for wider deeper color range and low light capability.
  • Single lens optical image stabilization.
  • Portrait Lighting (beta). Light your subject like a professional as you shoot.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus New Screen Wide Color Gamut HDR

  • 7MP FaceTime HD camera.
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • New speakers – 25% louder with deeper bass.
  • Battery lasts about the same as iPhone 7 Plus.

iPhone 8 New HD Retina Display

iPhone 8

  • New design with glass front and back – Most durable glass ever in a smartphone.
  • 4.7″ retina HD widescreen LCD Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and wide color gamut.
  • 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi.
  • True Tone display – Adapts to ambient light conditions.
  • A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture.
  • Neural engine.
  • Embedded M11 motion coprocessor.
  • Hardware and software optimized for Augmented Reality.
  • Touch ID system for security.
  • Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers).

iPhone 8 Airpower Charging Mat

  • 12MP camera. New design for wider deeper color range and low light capability.
  • Optical image stabilization.
  • 7MP FaceTime HD camera.
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • New speakers – 25% louder with deeper bass.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Louder Speakers

  • Battery lasts about the same as iPhone 7.

And the rest…

Watch Series 3

Watch – Series 3

Comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular, and one with just GPS.

  • With cellular make calls, receive texts and more… totally untethered from your phone.
  • Features a full LTE and UMTS cellular radio that switches seamlessly to cellular when it is away from iPhone.
  • Participating carriers are also offering special introductory cellular plans at launch. Customers will be able to make calls directly from their Watch.
  • Built-in eSIM that is over one-hundredth the size of a traditional SIM card.

Watch Series 3 All Categories Cellular

  • 70% faster S3 dual-core processor.
  • New w2 wireless chip – 85 percent faster. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 50 percent more power efficient.
  • For the first time,  Siri speaks using the built-in speaker.
  • Apple Radio is coming to the Watch. Stream 40 million songs right from your wrist.
  • New barometric altimeter that measures relative elevation.
  • Amazing health and fitness companion with intelligent coaching features.
  • Swim proof -Water proof to 50 meters.
  • All day battery.

4K Apple TV with HDR

Apple TV 4K

  • 4K resolution – 3840 X 2160.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) – Sharp, crisp images, richer, more true-to-life colors, and far greater detail in both dark and bright scenes. Supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10.
  • A10X Fusion chip – 2 X faster than current Apple TV with 4 X faster graphics rendering.
  • Built-in high-performance 4K video scaler makes standard HD content look better on a 4K TV.
  • 4K titles same price as HD.
  • Growing selection of 4K HDR movies on iTunes. iTunes users get automatic upgrades of HD titles in their existing iTunes library to 4K HDR versions when they become available.

4K Apple TV - HDR Example

  • Apple TV 4K will also offer 4K HDR content from popular video services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coming soon. 4K content will have the same price as HD.
  • Live sports and live news coming later this year.
  • Remastered 4K HDR screen savers.

macOS High Sierra – Check out what’s coming – Looking For A New Mac Or iPad… Or Just A Peek At The Future?

iOS 11 – Check out what’s coming – Looking For A New Mac Or iPad… Or Just A Peek At The Future?

Watch OS4 – Take a look all the new Watch OS4 features at Apple.

See What You Missed

Click to watch Apple’s Special Event at the new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino.

That’s all.

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iPhone 8 Arrives… But It’s Not The Future? was last modified: September 15th, 2017 by John Carroll
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