Now that Samsung has released the
Galaxy S8 and Note 8, all eyes are turned to Apple as the iPhone 8 is expected to be released in September. Earlier reports suggest that for this edition, Apple has decided to remove the 32GB model and will be launching only two variants of the upcoming iPhone 8 – 64GB and 256GB with 3GB RAM. However, a new rumour is suggesting there will be a third variant: 512GB.
Wait, what?! 512GB on an iPhone 8? No, you did not read it wrongly nor did I make a typo error. Chinese tipster GeekBar posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo claiming that the iPhone 8 will come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options. While the former two have been tipped before, the latter 512GB storage is fresh information. Question is, do we really need the 512GB variant?
Chinese tipster GeekBar posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo claiming that the iPhone 8 will come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options. Is 512GB Internal Storage on an iPhone Relevant?
At first glance, 512GB worth of storage capacity on a smartphone seems to be an overkill for a phone. Unlike a Mac or an iPad, we are less likely to store space-consuming files such as lots of downloaded movies and TV shows for viewing while travelling. Even if you do have these files, there is always cloud storage – a technology that Apple has always been promoting which reduces the need to consume large chunks of iPhone’s internal storage unnecessarily.
Here are a few reasons to justify why a 512GB iPhone might not be as absurd as it sounds. Considering that the iPhone 8 will support AR and 3D sensing features that demand more storage, the bump in storage capacity seems to be a welcome change. Moreover, there might be another reason why a 512GB iPhone 8 is very plausible is that 4K content is becoming increasingly popular which also makes the increase in storage quite relevant. There will be times when you find yourself being unable to connect to
iCloud which prevents you from storing files on it.
Finally, we all know less-techy people around whose lives are essentially stored on their phones. They could not be bothered about
iCloud which means that everything stays on their phone. For them, instant access to all their important media and content is key. For these people, the 512GB version is a godsend. Hence, based on these reasons above, owning a 512GB iPhone is not as preposterous as initially thought. Other iPhone 8 Rumours
Besides the rumour discussed above, there have been many other leaks and claims regarding the 10
th-anniversary iPhone. Straight from Apple’s own early HomePod firmware, iOS app developers have uncovered an icon suggesting an all-screen display at the front of the phone. Yes, that means a possible goodbye to the ol’ home button. This means a possible 5.8-inch screen that stretches from edge-to-edge, both vertically and horizontally.
Furthermore, well-known analyst Kuo Ming-Chi also claims that the iPhone 8 might sport a richer AMOLED display compared to the LCD screens that on the existing iPhones. The new display delivers better contrast, more vibrant colours, and a battery-saving always-on display. It is also better suited for VR and AR.
The new display delivers better contrast, more vibrant colours, and a battery-saving always-on display.
Besides that, the same Apple source code also revealed something called ‘Face ID’ which could replace (or be an addition to) the fingerprint sensor. It provides a new way for you to unlock your phone – via facial recognition. The 3D sensor is also expected to be more secure than Samsung’s Face Unlock.
If these rumours are proven to be true, the iPhone 8, especially the 512GB variant might take the coveted “Top Smartphone” recognition. It might also be a catalyst to start a new smartphone revolution – phones with a half-terabyte worth of internal storage. In the meantime, you can check out these iPhone accessories to complement the upcoming iPhone 8.
Apple iPhone X
From HK$ 8,459.00 Design and DisplayHow do you create a deeply intelligent device where the enclosure and display are a single, uninterrupted element? That’s the goal we first set for ourselves with the original iPhone. With iPhone X, we’ve achieved it. The purest expression of iPhone.To create a continuous surface, with nothing to get in the way of your experience, we replaced the Home button with new yet familiar ways to navigate. So much technology. In so little space.The TrueDepth camera system allows you to take amazing photos and enables Face ID. It’s housed in a tiny space at the top of the display, yet within this miniaturised module are some of the most advanced technologies we’ve ever developed. Introducing Super Retina. Beauty through engineering.The Oled panel in the Super Retina display isn’t just any Oled. It’s custom-built to our exacting standards, allowing for an HDR display with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio; high resolution and brightness; wide colour support; and the best colour accuracy in the industry. Brilliance to the edges.Using innovative folding and circuit-stacking technology, the Oled panel follows the curves of the device into the furthest reaches of the corners. Then it uses a process called subpixel anti-aliasing to tune individual pixels for smooth, distortion-free edges. True Tone.For a more comfortable viewing experience.True Tone technology uses an advanced six-channel ambient light sensor to subtly adjust the onscreen white balance to match the colour temperature of the light around you. So images on the display look as natural as on a printed page, reducing eyestrain. HDR.Now playing for the first time on iPhone.iPhone X is a true High Dynamic Range (Hdr) display. You can watch movies and shows in Dolby Vision and Hdr10. Your HDR photos will look even more amazing. And you’ll be able to watch HDR titles from iTunes, Netflix and more. The most durable glass ever in a smartphone.The front and back are all glass — the most durable we’ve ever made, with a strengthening layer that’s 50 per cent deeper. A seven-layer ink process allows for precise hues and opacity, and a reflective optical layer enhances the colours. And an oleophobic coating lets you easily wipe off smudges and fingerprints. Wireless charging for a wireless world.We’ve always intended iPhone to be a truly wireless device, free from charging cables and headphone cords. With a glass back and an embedded wireless charging system, iPhone X is designed for a wireless future. Surgical‑grade stainless steel.The stainless steel band that wraps around and reinforces iPhone X is a special Apple-designed alloy that’s both durable and more pure, and it polishes beautifully. For the space grey finish, we use a process called physical vapour deposition to precisely match the colour of the stainless steel band to that of the glass. Resists water, splashes and dust.iPhone X is precision-engineered at the microscopic level to protect against water, splashes and dust. Face IDWhat could be more natural than a touch? A look. That was the insight behind Face ID, a powerful and secure authentication system that’s even more convenient than Touch ID. It makes unlocking and paying fast, easy and intuitive. The incredible technology behind incredible simplicity.The TrueDepth camera system is composed of multiple innovative technologies. Working together in real time, they use a detailed depth map of your face to recognise you in an instant. Your face is your secure password.With Face ID, iPhone X only unlocks when you’re looking at it. It’s also designed to protect against tricking by photos or masks. Your Face ID information is encrypted and protected by the Secure Enclave. And it’s private — your data doesn’t leave your device and is never backed up to iCloud or anywhere else. Once it knows you, it knows you.Face ID uses advanced machine learning to recognise changes in your appearance. Wear a hat. Grow a beard. Put on glasses. You can even use Face ID with many types of sunglasses. So even if your friends don’t recognise you, Face ID will. So smart it only works when you want it to.For additional security, Face ID is attention-aware, meaning it only unlocks your iPhone X when you look towards the device with your eyes open. That means Face ID can also reveal notifications and messages, keep the screen lit when you’re reading
Apple iPhone 8 64GB Silver
From HK$ 5,980.00 A beautiful mind.iPhone 8 introduces an all‑new glass design. The world’s most popular camera, now even better. The smartest, most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. Wireless charging that’s truly effortless.1 And augmented reality experiences never before possible. iPhone 8. A new generation of iPhone. DesignAn iPhone formed from glass.How do you build an iPhone out of durable glass that also allows for wireless charging? By formulating a new kind of glass. Reinforcing it with a laser‑welded steel foundation and an aerospace‑grade aluminium band. And engineering it down to the micron for water resistance. The most durable glass ever in a smartphone.The front and back feature custom-engineered glass with a 50 per cent deeper strengthening layer. A new steel substructure and a stronger, aerospace‑grade 7000 Series aluminium band provide additional reinforcement. And an oleophobic coating lets you easily wipe off smudges and fingerprints. Three new finishes.iPhone 8 comes in three new glass finishes: space grey, silver and gold. A six‑layer ink process allows for precise hues, opacity and rich depth of colour. And the colour‑matched aluminium band complements the glass beautifully. Resists water, splashes and dust.iPhone 8 is precision-engineered at the microscopic level to protect against water, splashes and dust. Wireless charging for a wireless world.We’ve always intended iPhone to be a truly wireless device, free from charging cables and headphone cords. With a glass back and an embedded wireless charging system, iPhone 8 is designed for a wireless future. Louder, more dynamic stereo speakers.iPhone 8 features redesigned stereo speakers that are up to 25 per cent louder and deliver deeper bass. Crank up the volume and enjoy richer‑sounding music, videos and speakerphone calls. Advanced security at your fingertip.With Touch ID, your fingerprint is your secure password. Use it to instantly unlock your phone and sign in to many of your favourite apps. Touch ID also enables Apple Pay, which lets you pay in stores, within selected apps and on participating websites. Retina HD DisplayHow do you make a display that’s more aware of the environment around you? By using light‑sensing technology and an expansive colour spectrum to make everything on the screen look and feel more natural. True Tone.For a more comfortable viewing experience.True Tone technology uses an advanced four‑channel ambient light sensor to subtly adjust the onscreen white balance to match the colour temperature of the light around you. So images on the display look as natural as on a printed page, reducing eyestrain. The best colour accuracy in the industry.Lifelike colours and high contrast make everything you look at — photos, movies, games, news — crisp and captivating. With a wide colour gamut and the best colour accuracy in the industry, your photos will look as vibrant as real life. CamerasHow do you improve on the world’s most popular camera? By introducing a new sensor and powering it with A11 Bionic. It makes advanced photographic techniques easy and automatic — so everyone can shoot unbelievable photos and movies. iPhone 8 cameras are also designed for the most immersive and incredible augmented reality experiences. iPhone 8 CameraThe wide‑angle camera on iPhone 8 is the same one found in iPhone 8 Plus — featuring an ƒ/1.8 six‑element lens; optical image stabilisation; and a larger, faster 12‑megapixel sensor. New advanced Isp. Photo ops, optimised.The intelligent, Apple‑designed image signal processor detects elements in the scene — like people, motion and lighting conditions — to optimise your photos even before you take them. It also delivers advanced pixel processing, wide colour capture, faster autofocus and better HDR photos. Portrait mode.For a more beautiful depth‑of‑field effect.Portrait mode gets even better, with sharper detail, more natural background blurring, improved performance in low light and access to flash when you need it. Portrait Lighting.Real-time studio lighting effects.The product of extensive research into the art and science of portraiture, Portrait Lighting brings a new dimension to Portrait mode. Powered by A11 Bionic and the new Isp, Portrait Lighting uses facial detection and depth maps to capture portraits with striking shadows, spotlight effects and more. Front‑facing camera.Focus on yourself
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB Jet Black
From HK$ 8,088.00 iPhone 7 Plus dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems. The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colourful iPhone display. Splash and water resistance.1 And it looks every bit as powerful as it is. This is iPhone 7 Plus. DesigniPhone 7 Plus reaches a new level of innovation and precision. The jet black finish is like nothing we’ve ever made. The enclosure is splash- and water-resistant.1 The Home button is completely re-engineered. And with a new unibody design that’s seamless to the touch, iPhone 7 Plus feels as amazing as it looks. An entirely new camera enters the picture.iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. Now we’ve re-engineered that beloved camera, adding optical image stabilisation, an ƒ/1.8 aperture and a six-element lens to make it even better for shooting photos and videos in low light. And with advanced new features like wide colour capture, your photos and Live Photos will look even more vibrant. Retina HD DisplayThe brightest, most colourful iPhone display yet.Almost everything you experience with your iPhone comes to life on its display. It’s where you look at the photos, messages, news and countless other things that make up your day. The iPhone 7 Plus display uses the same colour space as the digital cinema industry, so what you see will be noticeably more brilliant and vibrant. Because we all deserve a bit more brightness in our day. More colours. More true to life.With a new, wide colour gamut, the Retina HD display is able to deliver cinema-standard colours — and the best colour management in the smartphone industry. More shades of the colour spectrum can be used to create an image, meaning that what you see on the screen is a truer representation of the world. So whether you’re checking out photos of that perfect dress or the Live Photos you took on holiday, the colours will be so accurate it will look like you’re there. A10 Fusion ChipThe most powerful chip ever in a smartphone.iPhone 7 Plus is supercharged by the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. It’s not just faster than any previous iPhone — it’s also more efficient. That’s because the A10 Fusion chip uses an all-new architecture that enables faster processing when you need it, and the ability to use even less power when you don’t. And with the longest battery life ever in an iPhone, you can work at twice the speed of iPhone 6 and still enjoy more time between charges. AudioiPhone. Now in stereo.For the first time, iPhone comes with stereo speakers, delivering twice the audio output of iPhone 6s and increased dynamic range. So whether you’re listening to music, watching videos or making speakerphone calls, iPhone 7 Plus lets you crank it up. Way, way up. Wi-Fi and Mobile DataFaster 4G LTE with the best worldwide roaming.iPhone 7 Plus features 4G LTE Advanced, with speeds up to 450 Mbps for data downloads — over 50 per cent faster than iPhone 6s and three times faster than iPhone 6.6 And thanks to even more LTE bands, you’ll have the best worldwide roaming available in a smartphone. Happy travels. The world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iOS brings iPhone and iPad to life in incredibly personal and powerful ways. The interface is beautiful and easy to use. Intelligent suggestions appear exactly when you need them. And advanced technologies protect your privacy and security. Once you’ve experienced iOS, you’ll understand why so many people love using iPhone and iPad. Tap. Swipe. Scroll.See, you already know how to use it. From the moment you pick up your iOS device, you’re up and running. Tap your favourite app and get straight to work — or play. Swipe from the right side of the Lock screen to quickly pull up your camera. Scroll through thousands of photos in seconds. Everything about iOS is designed to look beautiful and work beautifully. So smooth and responsive you won’t even notice it. And that’s the point.Because iOS is engineered specifically for iPhone and iPad, everything looks and feels incredibly fluid. iOS uses a framework called Metal to maximise graphics performance. Whether you’re surfing the web, moving from app to app or playing the most complex 3D video game, the graphics and responsiveness are amazingly smooth.