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Editor's note: The iPhone 8 is currently being announced on stage at Apple's campus in California, so we're currently filling this article with the latest information. For all the information from today's event, follow our iPhone 8 live blog.

Apple's new iPhone 8 is official, but it's not the most high-end phone from Apple as there's also the new iPhone X.

Below you'll find everything you need to know about the iPhone 8 including the latest details on its design, spec, features, price and the release date for the new phone too.

We originally thought this phone would be called the iPhone 7S, but instead Apple dropped the S name from this version of the phone and called it the iPhone 8.

Cut to the chase

  • What is the iPhone 8? The next iterative Phone from Apple
  • When is the iPhone 8? Launched today, hopefully released end of month
  • What will iPhone 8 cost? At least as much as the iPhone 7

iPhone 8 release date

  • iPhone 8 pre-orders: September 15
  • iPhone 8 release date: September 22

The iPhone 8 release date is September 22. You'll be able to pre-order the iPhone 8 from September 15.

iPhone 8 price

  • Starts at $699
  • Available in 64GB and 256GB variants

The iPhone 8 price starts at $699 for the 64GB variant, and we're still waiting to find out how much the larger, 256GB version will be.

iPhone 8 design

  • Glass rear, aluminum frame, water and dust resistant
  • Similar look to the iPhone 7, with bezels and home button

Apple says the iPhone 8 has an all new design, with a full glass rear and comes in three colors: Silver, space grey and a new gold finish.

There's also an aerospace-grade aluminum frame, plus Apple claims the iPhone 8 boasts the most durable glass ever on an iPhone – and it's also water and dust resistance.

iPhone 8 display

  • 4.7-inch Retina HD display

Like the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 also has a 4.7-inch display – which should keep the handset at a manageable size for one-handed use.

It's not the same display however, with Apple upgrading the Retina HD display, which comes with improved color accuracy and a wider color gamut.

iPhone 8 power

  • Brand new A11 Bionic chipset
  • GPU provides 70% faster graphics over iPhone 7

Under the hood the iPhone 8 packs in a new A11 Bionic processor, with a 64-bit architecture and increased performance over the A10 chip found in the iPhone 7.

In fact, depending on the cores it's using, it's between 20% and 70% faster than its predecessor, while the all new GPU is also 70% faster than the iPhone 7.

That means faster load times, improved gaming experience and hopefully better battery life too.

Apple doesn't ever reveal the amount of RAM it puts in its iPhones, you'll have to wait a week or two for this particular stat to be outed.

iPhone 8 camera

  • 12MP rear facing camera
  • 4K video at 60fps, 1080p slo-mo video at 240fps

Apple has upgraded the video recording capabilities on the iPhone 8, with the ability to capture 4K footage at 60fps (frames per second) and slow motion footage at 240fps – which is double the framerate on the iPhone 7.

iPhone 8 battery

  • Wireless charging support
  • You'll have to buy charging pad separately

Thanks to the glass back of the iPhone 8, the phone can now offer wireless charging – making it easier to top up your phone without having to fumble around for a cable.

It uses the Qi wireless charging standard, which is already supported by a number of cars, stores, restaurants and work places.

It looks like you'll have to pay for a wireless charging pad separately though, with a standard cable in the box.

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