Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are official – Here’s what you need to know

Apple today officially announced the all-new iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch display and iPhone 8 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. Sound familiar? Both of these are obviously very similar to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but there are some notable differences.

For one thing, both iPhones have a glass rear panel which combines with an aluminum frame design. Apple says this is the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, and adding glass to the design also allowed Apple to add QI wireless charging support to both devices. Like last year’s model, both iPhones are water and dust resistant to IP67 standards. and both come in three colors: Silver, Space Gray, and a new Gold finish. (Still don’t know how I feel about the new gold).

During the keynote, Apple noted that both handsets are powered by their new A11 Bionic Chip. Also noteworthy are the upgraded cameras on both new models which include a more advanced 12-megapixel rear camera, with a faster and larger sensor, new color filter, and deeper pixels. Both iPhones also include Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, which introduces studio lighting effects that allow users to change the depth-of-field effect with five different lighting styles.

The iPhone 8 will be available in 64GB for $699 and 256GB for $849. The iPhone 8 Plus will be available in 64GB for $799 and 256GB for $949. Each model will be available for preorder starting this Friday, September 15 and then launching the following week on September 22nd. Will you be upgrading to an 8? Comment below and be sure to stay tuned to YourTechExplained for our full review of the iPhone 8!