iPhone 8 & iPhone X

Ap­ple’s lat­est smart­phones were short on sur­prises, but does that mat­ter? Not even a lit­tle bit

Mac Format - - AP­PLE CORE -

In the brand-new Steve Jobs The­ater at Ap­ple Park, some of the most pow­er­ful men in the world were as giddy as fresh-faced school­child­ren. Why? They were un­veil­ing their lat­est play­things: the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Let’s start with the iPhone 8. Vis­ually, it looks fairly sim­i­lar to the iPhone 7, but with an im­por­tant dif­fer­ence. That’s its all­glass back, which en­ables wire­less Qi charg­ing for the first time in an iPhone. The cam­eras on both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have been im­proved, with 12MP rear cam­eras with new sen­sors, bet­ter dy­namic range, and op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion for both cam­eras on the Plus model. There’s also a new Por­trait Light­ing mode with pow­er­ful light­ing ad­just­ment op­tions.

But of course, ev­ery­one was wait­ing for the iPhone X, and it didn’t dis­ap­point. With an all-glass front and back, and a full edge-to-edge dis­play, it’s the first proper re­design since the iPhone 6. It has the same fea­tures of the iPhone 8 and then some, in­clud­ing a new Su­per Retina Dis­play. With a 2436x1125 res­o­lu­tion, this packs in 458 pix­els per inch, and its OLED dis­play tech­nol­ogy al­lows for the best, most vi­brant screen in an iPhone. That high qual­ity screen – and new front cam­era sys­tem – al­lows for Face ID, let­ting you un­lock your phone and pay for stuff us­ing your face. And with longer bat­tery life, pow­er­ful in­ter­nals and AR mas­tery, it’s a big step from Ap­ple.

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