About a month ago, the iPhone 8‘s design leaked following a HomePod update, with two developers who worked with early HomePod kits, Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo, having shown the removal of the Home button and much more to come for the forthcoming piece of hardware. Now, Apple acolytes have finally gotten the official word about the device during today’s Apple Event in California, as the technology company has confirmed the release date and prices for the gadget.
According to Apple, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – both of which can be found side-by-side in the image below – will launch in the United States on September 22, 2017, with pre-orders starting a week earlier on September 15, 2017. Prices for the iPhone 8 will start at $699 for the 64GB model and $849 for the 256GB model, while the larger iPhone 8 Plus will cost $799 for 64GB and $949 for the 256GB version.
As explained by Apple, the new pieces of technology will include a fresh and faster chip, in addition to 12 MP dual rear cameras, with the company stating that they have been designed with 3D apps and games in mind. Additionally, other features for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus include augmented reality functionality and wireless charging, with the latter feature requiring users to place them on top of a charging device as opposed to plugging them in an outlet.
Furthermore, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are to ship with a new “Retina HD” display, as well as new speakers that are supposedly 25% louder than before. During the keynote address, Apple paid particular attention to the cameras, as they will purportedly capture the highest quality video ever available for a smartphone, including 4K video. When it comes to the actual sizes of the displays, iPhone 8 will feature a 4.7″ display, while iPhone 8 Plus will have its set at 5.5″.
About a year ago, Apple released a report revealing that iPhone sales had dropped dramatically during the second quarter of that fiscal year, with it having been the first time in the product’s history that consumer purchases of the device had declined. Bearing this in mind, the tech firm is undoubtedly hoping that the impending release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will give its iPhone sector a major shot in the arm as far as profits are concerned.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will release on September 22, 2017.