In addition to the anniversary edition iPhone X, Apple also introduced the new iPhone 8 during its Keynote event on Tuesday (Sept. 12).
As previously leaked, the next generation iPhone features the same 4.7-inch display as the iPhone 7, alongside with 2GB of RAM and start at 32GB of internal storage, while the 8 Plus boasts a 5.5-inch display. They sport a glass chassis and aluminum metal frames that match the finish, with its reinforced screen being made with steel, making it the strongest screen on a smartphone.
The iPhone 8 features a 12-megapixel camera with the long-awaited optical image stabilization, while the 8 Plus featuring a 24-megapixel, with new sensors and f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures. This allows the camera to take brighter, sharper pictures, especially in low light. The 8 Plus also has a Portrait Lighting feature in beta that creates a depth map to separate the subject from the background as the shot is composed for professional portrait shots.
And Apple says that the improvements apply to video, too. Apple executive Phil Schiller said that the new devices have the “highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone,” with support for 4K/60fps video. Slow motion videos now support up to 1080p resolution at 240fps, doubling the the iPhone 7’s 120fps option.
Inside the iPhone 8 is Apple’s new A11 processor and GPU, which has increased from four cores to six, making it much faster than previous models. Both have a rear-facing Touch ID sensor along with two vertical cameras, face-scanning technology, a louder speaker, sTrueTone technology and supports wireless charging via an inductive Qi charging pad.
The iPhone 8 will start at $699 for a 64GB model, with the 8 Plus starting at $799 for 64GB of storage. Both models will also have larger 256GB models, though pricing has not been announced. Pre-orders start September 15, with a release date a week later on September 22.