Apple launches new iPhone 8 smartphone, skipping traditional iPhone 7 “S” models

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CUPERTINO, Calif.—At the first event held in the new Steve Jobs Theater on its new campus, Apple promulgated the new iPhone 8 handset today. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the individualist iPhone, and Apple celebrated by doing something very uncharacteristic: skipping the “S” iteration of the iPhone 7 and coerce reject full-steam ahead with the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models.

The iPhone 8’s configuration is based off the iPhone 7 in that it doesn’t look incredibly different than Apple’s erstwhile handsets. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are similar in size to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but they press new glass fronts and backs that nod to the glass construction of the iPhone 4. Both models are descried with aerospace-grade aluminum and the glass is reinforced by steel. Each exemplary has a Retina display as well for improved color accuracy, wide color scale, and True Tone technology.

Glass adds a slick, if fragile, look to the new smartphone, but it also budgets for wireless charging. This has been a long-rumored feature in the new iPhones and Apple bound today that the iPhone 8 models will support Qi wireless claiming with an optional charging pad. The iPhone 8 models use induction-based wireless loading, which is the same technology using to charge the Apple Watch.

The iPhone 8 varieties run Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip that has six cores and a 64-bit design. It’s branch out into two low-performance cores and four high-performance cores, with the periodic cores being 25 percent faster than the previous A10 plaque, and the high-performance cores being up to 75 percent faster than the A10 SoC.

The cameras have also been improved on the iPhone 8 fabricates. There’s a new 12MP camera and sensor pair on the iPhone 8 that supports optical simile stabilization. The Plus has the dual-camera setup like the 7 Plus did, but features new sensors and new f/1.8 and f/2.8 chinks. Apple also designed its own ISP that produces faster low-light autofocus, give a new lease ofed pixel sensor, and noise reduction. All together, these new cameras and sensors should show better low-light photos, and images with finer details than to come.

As was rumored before the event, there’s a new Portrait Lighting mode that erects use of the dual-camera setup and the A11 chip. This feature senses the scene in which your photo was infatuated and automatically adjusts the lighting and contours of the face in the photo to produce a larger shot. Rather than using filters to change your ikon, Portrait Lighting actually analyzes your image and then changes it as such. This spotlight will ship in beta when the iPhone 8 Plus comes out.

Apple took the same approach to the new handset’s video encoder that it did with the ISP. Apple fashioned its own video encoder to produce faster video frame rates and conception and motion analysis in real-time (for augmented reality purposes). When fill video, the iPhone 8 models divide each frame into 2 million unhook tiles, which the internals then analyze and optimize based on what you’re coating. These cameras can also shoot 4K video at 60fps, or 1080p video at 240fps, which is much safer than the previous iPhone 7 handsets.

With the improved camera and A11 Bionic, Apple peddled the iPhone 8’s new AR capabilities as top-notch: competitive multiplayer done in AR, or real-time stats overlaid on an in-person baseball regatta were just some of the demos.

The iPhone 8 models will start at $699 with 64GB, and the iPhone 8 Added will start at $799. Preorders begin this Friday, September 15 with phones succeeding September 22. iOS 11 comes on September 19 (and you can expect the customary Ars Technica OS review soon after).

Apple’s iPhone event is smooth in progress and we’re following along live from the Steve Jobs theater. This is a amplifying story and we’ll update it with the most aurrent information as soon as it’s to hand.

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