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 preceded the new iPhone 8 handset today. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the primary iPhone, and Apple celebrated by doing something very uncharacteristic: jumping the “S” iteration of the iPhone 7 and pushing full-steam ahead with the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Profit models.

The iPhone 8’s design is based off the iPhone 7 in that it doesn’t look incredibly exceptional than Apple’s previous handsets. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are similar in evaluate to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but they have new glass fronts and backs that nod to the spyglass construction of the iPhone 4. Both models are made with aerospace-grade aluminum and the goggles is reinforced by steel. Each model has a Retina display as well for recovered color accuracy, wide color gamut, and True Tone technology.

Lens adds a slick, if fragile, look to the new smartphone, but it also allows for wireless taxing. This has been a long-rumored feature in the new iPhones and Apple confirmed today that the iPhone 8 shapes will support Qi wireless charging with an optional charging pad. The iPhone 8 facsimiles use induction-based wireless charging, which is the same technology using to custody the Apple Watch.

The iPhone 8 models run Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip that has six gists and a 64-bit design. It’s divided into two low-performance cores and four high-performance substances, with the regular cores being 25 percent faster than the aforesaid A10 chip, 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 marks. There’s a new 12MP camera and sensor pair on the iPhone 8 that supports optical dead ringer 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 crevices. Apple also designed its own ISP that produces faster low-light autofocus, developed pixel sensor, and noise reduction. All together, these new cameras and sensors should generate better low-light photos, and images with finer details than in advance.

As was rumored before the event, there’s a new Portrait Lighting mode that make a run for its use of the dual-camera setup and the A11 chip. This feature senses the scene in which your photo was captivated and automatically adjusts the lighting and contours of the face in the photo to produce a sick shot. Rather than using filters to change your personification, Portrait Lighting actually analyzes your image and then swops it as such. This feature will ship in beta when the iPhone 8 Bonus comes out.

Apple consumed the same approach to the new handset’s video encoder that it did with the ISP. Apple set up its own video encoder to produce faster video frame rates and notion and motion analysis in real-time (for augmented reality purposes). When burgeon video, the iPhone 8 models divide each frame into 2 million shut tiles, which the internals then analyze and optimize based on what you’re vapouring. These cameras can also shoot 4K video at 60fps, or 1080p video at 240fps, which is much healthier 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 ready were just some of the demos.

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

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

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