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Apple: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus can be wirelessly charged

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 | Gadgets

Apple has introduced the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. Unlike the previous years, the manufacturer did not present an S-model after the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus last year, but the next number given to the new devices.

From the general design, the two new iPhones largely correspond to their direct predecessors, but the back is now covered with glass, which should be particularly break-proof. The housing itself is made of aluminum.
Display with 3D touch and True Tone
The display of the iPhone 8 is like the predecessor 4.7 inches large, the iPhone 8 Plus 5.5 inches. Both displays offer 3D touch and True Tone, thus an automatic adjustment of the color reproduction to the temperature of the ambient light. Like their predecessors, they have a fingerprint sensor in the home button below the display. The frame around the screen is quite large above and below the display, which makes the devices larger than other smartphones with the same size displays.

    Apple iPhone 8 (Image: Apple / Screenshot: Golem.de)
Inside the two iPhones works Apple's new A11-Bionic-SoC, which has six cores. Two cores are faster than the other four. The processor should be 70 percent faster than the A10. The self-developed GPU has three cores.
iPhone 8 Plus comes with a new portrait mode
In the iPhone 8 is a camera built, the iPhone 8 Plus has again a dual camera with two lenses. The sensors of the cameras has newly developed Apple, with both smartphones each have 12 megapixels. The camera of the iPhone 8 is to capture 80 percent more light than the iPhone 7. The saturation should be better, and there should be less noise.

The dual camera of the iPhone 8 Plus has again a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. The wide-angle lens has an initial aperture of f / 1.8, the telephoto f / 2.8. This makes it possible to make recordings with artificially generated background blur.
New portrait mode with artificial lighting
For portraits, Apple has also implemented the new Portrait Lightning mode in the iPhone 8 Plus. As with Huawei P10, the iPhone calculates with the ambient light a light processing of the picture. Unlike Huawei's smartphone, the iPhone 8 Plus user can edit the parameters of the resulting light. Various rating options are available, as well as allowing users to customize the options after shooting.
Videos can capture the new iPhones in 4K at a frame rate of 60 fps. Slow motion recording can be done in 1080p with up to 240 fps.
Wireless charging with Qi standard
The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are the first smartphones from Apple that can be charged wirelessly. This is the reason Apple has installed a glass back. The Ladestandard is the already several years old Qi standard, which many other manufacturers already use longer.
According to Apple, the two new iPhones are protected from water and dust, but the details do not tell the manufacturer. The iPhone 8 will be available in memory configurations 64 and 256 GB and costs 800 and 970 euros respectively. The iPhone 8 Plus comes in the same memory size and costs 910 and 1,080 euros respectively. The two units can be ordered in advance from 15 September, they will be delivered from 22 September.


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