iphone 8 and iphone 8 Plus
What, more iphones?
As if to cushion the blow of the iphone X’s high price, Apple has released a more typical upgrade to the iphone 7 and iphone 7 Plus. This means it has skipped the expected 7S range – although, given that iphone X is pronounced “ten” (what happened to 9?), it seems that logical ordering is out the window.
Why are they interesting?
These are the phones most Apple users are likely to buy and they benefit from a new design that uses durable, wipe-clean, waterand dust-proof glass and aluminium. They stop short of having an edge-to-edge display, which means they retain the Touch ID Home button.
How do they differ to the iphone X?
Both the 8 and 8 Plus use the X’s powerful A11 Bionic chip. They also have augmented-reality capabilities, wireless charging and an improved 12-megapixel rear camera. You don’t get the X’s OLED screen, enhanced front-facing camera or face recognition, though.
When are they out and how much will they cost?
You can buy one in store or online today. The 4.7in iphone 8 costs from £699, while the 5.5in 8 Plus starts at £799. Both are available in space grey, silver and gold. Of course, as with the iphone X, you’ll be able to get them on a monthly payment plan to help spread the pain.