What’s New in the iPhone 8

Posted August 22, 2017
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This fall it is expected that Apple will release its newest version of the iPhone. This model is expected to be a big one as this year marks the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone's first introduction.

In the last decade Apple has sold over 1.2 billion phones and have changed the mobile technology industry. They have done this not by being the first to new features, but making their features the best -- something Apple has always prided itself on doing (although the Apple Watch may be a counter-example).

In that time, the iPhone has not only changed the cell phone industry, but also had a drastic effect on video and the Internet. The iPhone, and other smartphones that followed, put a broadcast quality camera in the pockets of millions of people around the world. They not only gave people the power to shoot great video, but also gave them the tools to edit and publish video to the Internet with just a few taps.

This has had drastic effects on the video industry as now the barrier to entry to become a professional video producer is just having a phone. It used to be that you had to work for one of the big television companies, or spend thousands of dollars on your own equipment, but now you can just take the phone out of your pocket and start producing professional video. 

With the new phone coming out in the fall there is no doubt that millions will buy the new model, but what people want to know is what are they going to be buying? The new phone is going to sport a whole list of new features including a larger screen, better processing power and new camera specs. Both the outer camera and front facing camera are set to get a major upgrade with the dual lens being expanded for the new plus version.

Mark Gurman from Bloomberg reports on the new features:

(photo credit: Bloomberg)

As previously reported by Bloomberg, Apple plans to release three new phones: successors to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as well as a new, revamped model that sits at the high-end. All will have the usual upgrades like faster processors, but the revamped model is where Apple will flex its best, not first, muscles, as well as some features that haven’t been tried before.

The two most noticeable involve the screen. The display will use a technology called OLED, which makes for better color reproduction and deeper blacks and whites. The screen will also take up nearly the entire front of the phone, save for thinner bezels and a notch at the top of the front to fit in the camera and new sensors. OLED screens have been the core of Samsung’s devices for the past few years, while the nearly all-screen front with no home button design was popularized by Samsung’s S8 and also appears in the Essential Phone Android co-founder Andy Rubin debuted last week.

Read the full report here.


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