iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

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It looks like Ap­ple may be drop­ping the ‘S' from its nam­ing con­ven­tion. The tech gi­ant re­leased a more it­er­a­tive up­date to its 7 line, but in­stead of nam­ing it the ex­pected iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, it skipped straight to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. While a sim­pli­fied nam­ing con­ven­tion sounds nice, Ap­ple set it­self up for an awk­ward prod­uct launch next year after skip­ping over the iPhone 9 this year.

The iPhone 8 mod­els have re­freshed in­ter­nals in­clud­ing the same A11 bionic pro­ces­sor as in the X, HDR video, and True Tone dis­play. They also have a new look, sport­ing an all-glass back, an alu­minum side band, and a warm gold color op­tion that re­places last year's Rose Gold. The most stand­out fea­ture of the 8 is wire­less charg­ing, which uses the same sys­tem as the iPhone X. Ap­ple said the pro­ces­sors present in all the new iPhones sup­port ARKit, Ap­ple's soft­ware plat­form for aug­mented re­al­ity. Dur­ing the fall event, Ap­ple showed some fun AR app de­moes, in­clud­ing one with Sky Guide, an app that su­per­im­poses the con­stel­la­tions on a live cam­era view of the sky. Aug­mented re­al­ity looks fun, al­though it'll prob­a­bly be some time be­fore we see truly use­ful ap­pli­ca­tions for it.

Wire­less charg­ing is cool, but it does mean you're go­ing to have a more frag­ile phone thanks to the glass de­sign. While case man­u­fac­tur­ers are likely re­joic­ing, you're still stuck with a pretty phone that's also a li­a­bil­ity un­less you in­vest in good gear. It is a much bet­ter phone than the 7 though, and even comes with a base­line 64 GB of stor­age, in­stead of the 32 GB you get with the iPhone 7. While the cheap­est iPhones once came with only 16 GB of stor­age, all three iPhones this year in­clude 64 GB, which is a much more re­al­is­tic al­lot­ment even for power users.

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