Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus launch overshadowed by iPhone X

Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus launch overshadowed by iPhone X

The latest technological breakthrough on A11 Bionic gives the iPhone X longer battery life compared to iPhone 7. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus' batteries are actually smaller than their predecessors' batteries.

Release datePre-orders for the iPhone 8 will begin on Friday 15 September, with shipping to begin on 22 September. Improved motion sensing, made possible in part by the M11 motion co-processor built into the A11, also helps.

This is not the first time that Apple has offered machine learning capabilities in the iPhone.

O2 will be ranging both the iPhone 8 when pre-orders begin on 15 September. If you're after more data, Sky has 1GB, 5GB and 10GB plans priced at £37, £42 and £47 per month, respectively. On the other hand, the iPhone X stats at $999 for 64GB and will cost you a whopping $1,149 if you want 256GB of storage.

United Kingdom operator Three has been quick to announced that it will offer the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus new iPhones but has yet to cough on pricing details.

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As you can see, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus aren't slouches with regards to performance, and they have numerous same features that are found on the iPhone X. So why would you opt for the iPhone X over its cheaper siblings?

Virgin Mobile has also confirmed to INQ that it'll be offering both Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus handsets.

And while the iPhone 8 and X aren't the only Apple products to support the company's ARKit augmented reality platform - it's supported by any iDevice with an A9 or faster processor - Apple stressed that its newest iPhones will do a better job of running ARKit apps.

The duo of smartphones feature a new aluminium-reinforced all-glass design, reminiscent of that seen on the iPhone 4. The A11 Bionic processor features 6-cores; two performance cores which are 25 percent faster than the A10, and four high-efficiency cores which are 70 percent faster than the A10, according to TechCrunch.

The new chip, along with a new TrueDepth camera that includes a dot projector and an infrared sensor, allow Apple to utilize facial recognition technology in a whole new way. For starters, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus use the same A11 Bionic processor that powers the iPhone X (along with its Apple-designed, tri-core GPU). As before, the Plus model features a dual-lens camera system and supports iOS Portrait mode for shooting images.