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Apple iPhone 8 Cool Features and Tech Specs

No More Home Button in the iPhone 8

Come fall, the new Apple iPhone 8 will be available with some cool new features.

  • Pay your friends in Messenger. Apple is enabling person-to-person payments inside the Messages app via Apple Pay and with an assist from Siri.
  • More useful maps. Apple is adding detailed floor plan maps at a variety of shopping malls and major airports.
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving. When you turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving, iOS 11 will silence alert and notifications while keeping the screen dark. iOS 11 will use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to measure that you’re moving in a car and, if so, to suggest activating the feature. If it is activated, anyone sending you a message will get an automated response telling them that you’ll see their message when you get where you’re going. If the message is truly urgent, the sender can reply urgent in the message to permit it to get through to you.
  • A smarter Siri? Apple insists that through machine learning and artificial intelligence, Siri will indeed get smarter in iOS 11 and learn more about how to please you by learning what you’re doing inside the Safari, News, Mail and Messages apps. Your Siri interactions are synced across devices (and encrypted.) International travelers will likely appreciate the fact that Siri will be able to translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German and Spanish.
  • Enhancements to photos. Features include the ability to shoot Portrait Mode (currently a feature on the iPhone 7 Plus only) with optical image stabilization. iOS 11 also lets you add effects and trim the short video snippets inside Live Photos images. And a new format called High Efficiency Image File Format can reduce the file size of pics you take on an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
  • New design for Control Center. Changes to the Control Center, where you can control audio, turn on Airplane mode, adjust the audio and more, looks to be a positive step. Control Center packs such tools now in a single view, which you can get to with an upward swipe gesture. A new lock screen also brings notifications into a unified view.
  • New design for App Store. Highlights include a new Today view with featured app content as well as a dedicated Games section.
  • One-handed keyboard. Apple promises easier one-handed typing, with easy access to numbers, symbols, punctuation. No home button too.
  • A richer music experience. Apple Music subscribers will be able to follow, contribute and listen to shared playlists with friends and create profiles so they in turn can follow you. What’s more, Apple has opened up Apple Music to developers, giving them full access to the 40 million songs in Apple’s cloud catalog. Apple noted that Nike can add exercise playlists through the catalog, or Shazam can automatically add the songs it identifies to your music collection. The new AirPlay 2 feature in iOS 11 will let you control Apple TV and third-party speakers in multiple rooms around the house.
  • iPad only benefits. Apple says iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for the iPad. Two benefits worth mentioning: drag and drop support and a new Files app, both of which would make a tablet such as the iPad Pro that much more like a Mac.

Specs we might see on the iPhone 8

  • Three new models including two incremental “S” upgrades plus an all-new iPhone 8
  • Home button/Touch ID embedded in the display or located on back
  • New Touch ID featuring face or iris scanning
  • Curved, edge-to-edge OLED display with True Tone technology, possibly with Ion-X glass
  • Facial recognition via LG’s new 3D sensor technology
  • AirPods come included
  • Wireless charging
  • Dual-lens camera, possibly in a vertical configuration and/or with AR capabilities
  • Support for the Apple Pencil
  • USB-C replacing Apple’s Lightning connector
  • Enhanced water resistance
  • Higher quality earpiece for louder, clearer audio
  • Apple’s next-generation processor (the A10X or A11)
  • Stainless steel and glass body
  • Upgraded storage starting at 64GB and 3GB of RAM
  • Intel or Qualcomm modem
  • Priced between $850 and $1,099 (roughly £660 to £855 or AU$1,140 to AU$1,476)



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