The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus specs, features, release date and more - these are the new 'everyday iPhones'

The new iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 come in space grey, silver and a new gold finish

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The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been unveiled.

We've also seen a top-of-the-range iPhone X, which has stolen the iPhone 8's thunder, just a tad. But for now, let's focus on the iPhone 8 and super-sized 8 Plus. 

Over the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 has a slightly improved design, better camera, and a new, faster chipset.There's also a new screen, although sizes and resolution have been carried across from the iPhone 7. 

It does feature improved colour accuracy and a 'cinema wide' colour gamut.

iPhone 8 camera

There's a new 12MP camera - the lens promises '83% more light', 'better colour saturation/wide colour gamut', faster focusing and there is 'multi-band noise reduction'. 

The 'killer' feature in the iPhone 8 Plus camera setup is Portrait Lighting, a step on from the iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode. 

It uses machine learning to separate the subject from the background  then apply lighting 'effects' to the person's face. And it can also be applied retrospectively.

iPhone 8 wireless charging and performance

There's again water and dust resistance and a refreshed  design that enables wireless charging in both models using the Qi standard.

The speaker is louder and bassier, while the new Apple A11 Bionic processor has cores that are 70% faster than those in the A10 with 3x faster graphics now made by Apple itself. 

iPhone 8 release date and price

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in space grey, silver and a refreshed gold finish in increased 64GB and 256GB capacity models starting at £699/$699. Yes, rose gold is no more. 

iPhone 8 preorders will start on September 15, and the iPhone 8 release date is September 22.

What else did Apple do? 

Apple also released plenty of other new software and hardware. There will be iOS 11 soon of course, which will be in all the new iPhones including the all new iPhone X. There is a new Apple Watch 3, in addition to watch OS 4. There's also been an Apple TV 4K

There are no more details on an Apple HomePod release date as yet, or the new iMac Pro coming this year and Mac Pro that's slated for 2018. The macOS High Sierra release date is 25 September. 

Here's our old iPhone 8 rumor roundup

Welcome to our complete guide to the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus - or should that be the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus? Right now there's a bit of confusion about what Apple has planned - and what the new iPhones might be called, but it looks like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be replaced by the 8 and 8 Plus as it stands. 

Apple head honcho Tim Cook is taking to the stage TODAY to introduce the year's new iPhones - the 2017 iPhone launch date is near. 

We've already heard plenty of rumour from the secretive Apple supply chain, suggesting that this year's annual iPhone event - ten years after the first iPhone launched - is going to be special in more ways than one

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Will there really be three new iPhones?

Firstly, we should be getting an iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. We were totally confident about the name of these two devices until early September, but the latest rumors are definitely pointing towards these handsets being still based on the iPhone 7 but instead called the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. That's after 9to5Mac talked to case manufacturers out at IFA 2017

But as well as the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus (or iPhone 8 and 8 Plus) it looks like, we'll also get a special edition iPhone to commemorate a decade of the iPhone

That sort of makes sense if you think about it - if Apple wants to celebrate ten years since the first iPhone with a humdinger of a device, it's likely to cost a lot of money, and it won't want to leave the mainsteam iPhone user out in the cold - especially if they're expecting an 'S' handset to replace their iPhone 6S after a 24-month contract. 

The completely new handset will have a different name and will probably be called the iPhone X or iPhone Edition.

If you want to read more about this other new handset then check out everything you need to know about iPhone X.

In this feature though, we're going to be looking at the forthcoming 7S iPhone or iPhone 8. 

Recap: last year's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Hey remember September 2016? Crazy times, right? The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus were launched after months of build-up, and the general consensus was that Apple had another hit on its hands, even if most of the upgrades were minor ones.

A lot of the discussion at the time focused around what Apple had taken away - namely that 3.5mm audio jack - but a year on the move doesn't seem quite as controversial as it did originally, even if very few phones have followed that lead. 

Compared with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus had similar designs but extra dust and water resistance, better displays, and faster internal components. The iPhone 7 Plus also introduced a dual-lens camera to an iPhone for the first time.

iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S upgrades and enhanced specs

Firstly, you can pretty much guarantee the usual improvements in phone speed and graphics performance.

We'd expect the iPhone 7S to have Apple's new A11 chip with the M11 co-processor as well as potentially more memory - maybe 4GB as opposed to the 2GB in the iPhone 7 and 3GB in the iPhone 7 Plus. 

We'd have said it was unlikely the iPhone 7S will have different memory sizes than the 32GB, 128GB and 256GB available with the current flagship iPhone. 

However, expect a bit of movement with older handsets. Maybe the iPhone 6S to get a smaller option than 32GB - 16GB - and for the iPhone 6 to be discontinued. 

We may not get a camera upgrade - the camera inside the iPhone 7 is 12MP. A lot of flagship devices have 12 megapixel cameras, so Apple may not feel it needs to bring this up a notch. However, there are bound to be some - even if minor - camera tweaks. In Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, both cameras have optical image stabilisation (OIS). In the iPhone 7 Plus, only the wide-angle lens has it, not the telephoto. So surely that's one upgrade that we'll see come to the 7S Plus.  

Some rumours have said the display technology will switch to OLED from LCD, and that the resolution of both the iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus will get a bump (they're certainly due one). Take the former rumor with a pinch of salt, but it is possible the resolution might change. To be fair, the former rumour is probably about the iPhone 8 - as is the rumour that Apple is preparing to shrink down the iPhone bezels, following the path set by LG and Samsung. Again, expect pretty much the same shell as the older iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, maybe with a millimetre or two shaved off. 

We've also heard talk of True Tone displays, so the colours change depending on the ambient conditions, and we can certainly believe that's on the way - especially as it's already built into the iPad Pro line-up.

Some rumours suggest that the the Touch ID button will be moved to the back. This is highly unlikely and expect the iPhone 7S to retain the same design as the iPhone 7. 

So you might want to start saving - it sounds like there are going to be some very impressive iPhones on sale later this months, taking Apple's iconic handset line-up to even greater heights.

It's been a year since the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus appeared on the scene, which means it's time for another new handset. Apple has of course remained tight-lipped about what's coming up, but thanks to the rumour mill, we've got a good idea about what to expect.

The good news is, it sounds like we're in line for a lot of substantial improvements this year, at least with one of the handsets; the bad news is, the top model is probably going to get a hefty markup in price. Let's get down to the details of the hardware we're expecting.

It's been a year since the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus appeared on the scene, which means it's time for another new handset. Apple has of course remained tight-lipped about what's coming up, but thanks to the rumour mill, we've got a good idea about what to expect.

The good news is, it sounds like we're in line for a lot of substantial improvements this year, at least with one of the handsets; the bad news is, the top model is probably going to get a hefty markup in price. Let's get down to the details of the hardware we're expecting.

It's been a year since the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus appeared on the scene, which means it's time for another new handset. Apple has of course remained tight-lipped about what's coming up, but thanks to the rumour mill, we've got a good idea about what to expect.

The good news is, it sounds like we're in line for a lot of substantial improvements this year, at least with one of the handsets; the bad news is, the top model is probably going to get a hefty markup in price. Let's get down to the details of the hardware we're expecting.