Following pre-orders on Friday, customers who purchased either an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or Apple Watch Series 3 for delivery on September 22nd are now starting to see their order statuses change to ‘Preparing for Shipment’.
As shown in the picture above from Mac Rumors, lucky customers are now one step closer to getting their hands upon one of Apple’s latest iPhone releases, with the devices set to launch in-store and at carriers later this week.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus closely mimic the design of the previous generation iPhone 7, with Apple introducing a new back glass design, with a polished aluminium band and new silver, space gray, and a “beautiful new gold finish”. Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature a Retina HD display and improved water resistance, with True Tone displays previously only seen on the iPad Pro. As expected we did see a new processor, although Apple did change up the name scheme a little.
Inside the iPhone 8 series we’ll find an A11 Bionic chip. The devices feature a new 12MP camera sensor that is expected produce less noise. While on the subject of cameras, the iPhone 8 Plus has two new sensors and a new feature called Portrait Lighting. Portrait Lighting will ship in beta and create professional lighting effects in portrait shots using depth and machine learning. Last, but certainly not least Apple has finally brought us the gift of wireless charging. Both iPhone 8 models will support the open wireless standard, Qi, allowing users to buy third-party accessories to charge their device.
The iPhone 8 will come in 64GB and 256GB capacities and will start at $699 ($50 over usual starting price), while the 8 Plus starts at $799 also coming in 64GB and 256GB capacities.