Apple has launched two new smartphones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, at a major event in California, which also saw the release of the premium iPhone X handset.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are upgrades to Apple’s current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus range, updating some of the main features found on Apple’s current products.
Initially, most pundits thought the iPhone 8 would be Apple’s main new phone – however it instead released three smartphones as part of the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone.
“Our intention has always to create something so magical, powerful, that the hardware virtually disappears,” said Tim Cook at the launch.
He added it was a “new step forward for iPhone” that will “set the path for technology for the next decade”.
Introducing the iPhone 8, Apple executive Phil Schiller said the device “improves on everything we love about the iPhone”.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are similar in appearance to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
The smaller version has a 4.7-inch screen, while the larger phone has a 5.5-inch screen and a dual camera lens on the back.
The processor is the A11 Bionic, “the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone,” Apple says.
There will be glass on the front and the back of the device, “reinforced by a laser welded steel and copper”. It will be water and dust resistant sealed.
“The new iPhone will have the most durable glass ever in a smartphone,” says Schiller.
Both models will have a HD retina display and feature a 12MP camera.