The official announcement of iPhone 8 is about a week away (watch live). What I am most interested are, of course, the cameras, and it seems there could be some intriguing features for the photographer in the latest model of iPhone. The latest edition marks the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone and it is expected to be the company’s biggest launch in years. Rumoured by some, the latest model will be named the “iPhone X” (with X pronounced “10”) or “iPhone Edition” after the Apple Watch Edition.

The Apple Special Event will be held on September 12 at 10 a.m. PDT the first-ever event at the Steve Jobs Theater. Watch live online here.

Apple Park, the company’s new headquarters. Photograph: Foster + Partners

Apple Park, the company’s new headquarters. Photograph: Foster + Partners

Here’s how Apple describes its latest mobile OS:

iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. It makes iPhone better than before. It makes iPad more capable than ever. And now it opens up both to amazing possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps. With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the most powerful, personal, and intelligent devices they’ve ever been.

The iOS 11 camera app debuts new modes that further chip away at the need to always bring a high-end DSLR with you. It’s that advanced.

iPhone 8 Structure

The iPhone 8 is likely to incorporate an edge-to-edge display. The top and bottom bezels will not appear in the new edition to make way for the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera.

iPhone 8 Camera

Philip-James Jacobowitz, a product manager for Qualcomm, a chipmaker that provides components to smartphone makers stated that

“2018 will be the year where the smartphone camera takes a quantum leap in technology.”

One of the most significant updates from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be the camera design. The 7 series have a 12MP dual camera, which has 2x optical zoom and lets photographers create depth effects.

Apple iPhone 8 would have a 16 MP primary camera with upgraded ISOCELL sensors for better images even in low lightsand will have a 8 MP front facing camera which is specially made for taking selfies.

There will a improved telephoto lens which will further improve the blurriness of photo shot with shaky hands.

iPhone 8 4k Video Recording

The latest iPhone might be able to shoot 4K video on both rear and front camera. It is rumoured that both cameras will shoot 4K at 60 frames per second. The current iPhones (7 and 7 Plus) capture 4K video at 30fps using the rear camera. This improved frame rate is expected to be very useful in the iOS 11 augmented applications.

iPhone 8 Vertical Rear Camera


Rumours have been swirling that the new iPhone will feature a vertical rear camera with the dual cameras stacked on top of each other instead of side by side. Apple appears to be committed to making us all high-quality photographers.

iPhone 8 Smart Camera

iPhone 8 will feature the world’s first “smart” camera. According to the code present in HomePod firmware, the camera will have an “intelligent” recognition system that will be able to detect the scene you are capturing and adjust the settings accordingly. Guilherme Rambo shared a part of the code on Twitter, showing the feature we can likely expect in iPhone 8:

The code contains references to presets for the sky, sunrise, sunset, snow, fireworks, starry, pets, baby, beach, children, foliage, and other conditions. There have also been rumours about a feature called “Free Motion”, which will enable the iPhone 8 to capture a photo at an ideal moment by recognizing a fast moving target automatically.

iPhone 8 Live Photos

I’ve never been a fan of Apple’s Live Photos feature because of the space that the tiny video clips take up compared to individual photos, and as a result, decreasing the number of photos that you can save to your phone. I am, however, hopeful about Live Photos with iOS 11.

Apple is likely to add three new settings for the feature: Bounce (play your video forward then backwards), Loop (repeats a clip over and over) and Long Exposure.  Although Bounce and Loop aren’t unique because social media sites like Instagram and Snapchat already let you to create similar effects. What I find impressive is that you can make your live photos into GIFs and you can choose which still frame – the perfect moment – of the Live Photo is the main image.

iPhone 8 Camera Photos: Use 50% Less Storage

Users of previous versions of the iPhone expressed increasing concern about storage space. It is rumoured that photos and videos will use 50% less in the iPhone 8. The company is changing the compression formats in iOS 11, changing from the h.264 video compression and JPEG photograph formats to HEVC and HEIF. Apple says you’ll be able to save twice as many photos and videos on your device than in iOS 10.

iPhone 8 users can also choose to manage their photos, by use of third party apps such as the iMyFone Umate Pro or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac which enables smart space releasing. iMyFone is able to effectively erase data and do in-depth photo management on the iPhone 8.

Release date

The iPhone 8 will be officially unveiled on September 12, 2017. Apple has sent out invites to a launch event in its newly-built Steve Jobs Theater on its new campus. 

Price

Some analysts claim that the highest-spec model will be the first iPhone to cost more than $1,000.o afford .

CountryiPhone 8 Price
iPhone8 Price in USA1100 USD
iPhone8 Price in India70000 INR
Price in United Kingdom770 Pounds
Price in Canada1590 CAD

 

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