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iPhone 8 Specification, Design, Release Date, Price and Availability

Apple’s very first iPhone launched way back in 2007, re-shaping the landscape of mobile phones forever more. Now we’re 10 years on and Apple has massively revamped the iPhone line-up with the new iPhone 8.iPhone 8 Specification

Now that Apple has made the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus official, there’s only two question everyone’s asking: when does the handset go on sale and how much will it cost? Well, we answer these questions for you.

iPhone 8 Specification and Design – What’s new?

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus both feature a raft of new specs – and a slightly tweaked look.

Both now feature a glass back and front, with Apple saying the devices use “the most durable glass” in the smartphone world, though they haven’t revealed quite what this means. More interestingly, perhaps, the glass back paves the way for the pair of support Qi wireless charging, which represents a major step forward for the iPhone. As you’d expect, the iPhone 8 Plus is the larger of the two devices, with a 4.7-inch Retina screen, while the iPhone 8 Plus measures a larger 5.5 inches.

However, they stop short of featuring an OLED screen, as some had predicted, and instead retain the same IPS screen found on older iPhones. The 3.5mm headphone jack is still gone, though, which may continue to irk audio buffs.

Under the hood, there’s Apple’s new A11 Bionic processor, which the company says comes with a host of performance benefits. And in terms of camera specs, the iPhone 8 features a 12-megapixel primary camera, while the iPhone 8 Plus features a more impressive dual-lens setup that pairs a 12-megapixel rear ƒ/1.8 lens with a telephoto ƒ/2.8 lens.

iPhone 8 Price – How much will the new iPhone cost?

Apple continues to offer the unlocked base iPhone 8 model for $699, with the iPhone 8 Plus costing an additional $100 for $799. The prices of the unlocked variant of the two handsets remain the same as their predecessor from last year. Both handsets will only be available in 64GB and 256GB storage variants.

Under Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, you will have to pay $34.50/month for 24 months for the iPhone 8, with the iPhone 8 Plus coming in at $39.50/month. The new iPhones will also be available as an eligible upgrade for all customers of the iPhone Upgrade Program. The iPhone Upgrade Program is available in the US, the UK, and China. Apple has also tweaked the program’s policy and one can now mail-in their existing iPhone to the company instead of having to queue up outside of its retail store.

iPhone 8 Software – Will it run on iOS 11?

Way back at its annual WWDC conference in June, Apple showcased the latest version of its mobile and tablet operating system: iOS 11.

iOS 11 is set to launch on September 19 this year, meaning that both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will ship with Apple’s latest software.

So what’s new? Well there are plenty of upgrades coming with iOS 11, including an update to Messages. In iOS 11, there will be a bigger focus on apps and stickers, featuring a redesigned app picker. There’s also cloud syncing so your messages carry (or delete) across from an old phone to a new phone.

Siri is getting a new voice that makes her much more lifelike too. It’s a clear bid to tackle growing competition from rivals like Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant. She’ll also be able to translate your voice and speak out the response.

Other changes include updates to the the camera and photos, a redesigned control centre, and modifications to Maps, Apple Music, and the App Store.

iPhone 8 Software – Will it run on iOS 11?

Way back at its annual WWDC conference in June, Apple showcased the latest version of its mobile and tablet operating system: iOS 11.

iOS 11 is set to launch on September 19 this year, meaning that both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will ship with Apple’s latest software.

So what’s new? Well there are plenty of upgrades coming with iOS 11, including an update to Messages. In iOS 11, there will be a bigger focus on apps and stickers, featuring a redesigned app picker. There’s also cloud syncing so your messages carry (or delete) across from an old phone to a new phone.

Siri is getting a new voice that makes her much more lifelike too. It’s a clear bid to tackle growing competition from rivals like Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant. She’ll also be able to translate your voice and speak out the response.

Other changes include updates to the the camera and photos, a redesigned control centre, and modifications to Maps, Apple Music, and the App Store.

iPhone 8 Release Date and Availability

This is always the million-dollar question after an Apple launch event: when does the next iPhone come out?

The good news is, we now know when we’ll be able to get our paws on one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated new smartphones. As ever with a new Apple handset, demand is expected to exceed supply, so if you’ve got your heart set on either the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, we’d recommend registering your interest right away.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will go live in the following markets on September 15 followed by retail availability from September 22. The handsets will hit the retail markets in these markets on September first:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US and US Virgin Islands.

From September 29, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in these markets:

Andorra, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Phone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available at all major retailers, carriers, and Apple stores in the above countries on the day of its retail availability. If you are keen on getting your hands on the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 8 Plus as soon as possible, I’d recommend pre-ordering one as soon as the pre-orders go live.

Which new iPhone are you planning on buying this year? Drop a comment and let us know!

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