iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
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.