Apple announced three new handsets during its media briefing on Tuesday 12 September, with the closest to release being the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. They are effectively replacements for the existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, with pre-orders starting tomorrow, Friday 15 September and shipping to start on 22 September.
Although they look similar to the current iPhones, more so than the flagship iPhone X anyway, they do have many key improvements - wireless charging being one of them. However, it has been revealed that there's actually one area that the two new handsets are actually found wanting, in comparison to their predecessors: battery capacity.
Apple rarely releases battery capacity details alongside other specifications, but a couple of TENAA reports from China's official communications certification board claim that the iPhone 8 has a 1,821mAh battery, with the iPhone 7 sporting a 1,960mAh equivalent. The iPhone 8 Plus' battery is 2,675mAh in comparison to the iPhone 7 Plus' 2,900mAh cell.
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That doesn't mean they will run out of charge any quicker though. Apple claims its new A11 Bionic is less power-hungry than previous chipsets. for starters. And this time you will get both wireless Qi charging and new fast charge capabilities, both of which are welcome in these quarters.
It is said the latter will through USB-C only, so you will need to connect the new iPhones by cable to make use of speedy charging. We're also still finding out if that means you can only use an Apple charger for fast charging (with Lightning to USB Type-C connectivity), maybe even a MacBook charger too, but it should ensure you can zap charge into your new phone quicker than ever before.
Sadly, fast charging won't be possible when using a Qi charging mat, even Apple's own AirPower mat, but that's more for overnight charging or when you are in a car with a Qi charging pad.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available from 22 September, priced from £699 and £799 respectively.