If you haven’t been living under a rock, you most likely will have heard that Apple announced 3 new phones releasing this fall, one of which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Apple iPhone. But, what are the differences? What are the upgrades? And, most importantly, which one should you buy if any at all?
On September 12th, Tim Cook announced 3 new phones: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten). We go in depth about the new changes that you may have missed.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus look very similar to the iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus before them, begging the question of what is really different about these 2 devices.
- Reduced Colour Selection – say goodbye to Jet Black and Rose Gold chassis options. The iPhone 8 is available in the original Silver and Space Black hues, in addition to a new Gold option.
- Glass Back – The iPhone returns to a glass back (last seen in iPhone 4/4S) to allow the next new feature.
- Qi Wireless Charging – Yes. The iPhone has finally adopted wireless charging, and Apple has used an open standard: Qi, which means that you will have many wireless charging options.
- Faster Processor – Both the iPhone 8 & 8 Plus house the brand new A11 Bionic Chip (upgraded from the A10 Fusion Chip in the iPhone 7/7 Plus). With the terminology aside, expect your phone to get a speed boost, which will be most noticeable for games and augmented reality apps.
- Better Camera – The camera remains at 12MP, but the camera sensor is now larger and faster. Optical Image Stabilization for photos & videos is now available on both iPhone 8 models, but the iPhone 8 Plus will also feature a portrait mode that can blur out the background for better lighted images.
- Better Screen – The screen on both iPhone 8 models feature a new True Tone display. This will match the color and intensity of the screen to the phone’s surroundings for better viewing. The resolution & pixel density remain the same (in laymen terms, the screen isn’t more clear or detailed)
- Price – The iPhone 8 is priced at $929 (64GB) and $1139 (256GB), and the iPhone 8 Plus is priced at $1059 (64GB) and $1269 (256GB) off contract.
Our verdict. If you have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus and don’t have a used for wireless charging, we would recommend either waiting for the iPhone X, or for the next phone in 2018. If you have an older model, then this is a reasonable upgrade.
The iPhone X was the real star of the Apple Keynote touted as Apple’s 10th Anniversary innovation project. With a visually captivating screen, the notably missing home button, and a jaw-dropping price to match, this is the phone that everyone is buzzing about. So, what is so innovative and different about the iPhone X?
- All Screen - The elephant in the room is the screen. It is advertised as a 5.8” (diagonal) OLED screen with a 2436 x 1125- pixel count with a resolution of 458 ppi. The use of a OLED screen means much better contrast and truer blacks on the screen. Bare in mind that this measurement is including the notch in the screen, so actual active viewing size of the screen will be a little smaller.
- Face ID - With the Touch ID button gone, the iPhone X replaces it with Face ID. The iPhone X has a dot projector (sends 30,000 invisible dots to map out your face), infrared camera (to read the dots projected on your face and process your unique facial image), and a flood illuminator (to read your face even in the dark). Theoretically, you just glance at your phone and it will unlock. We will have to wait to get hands on the phone to see the real life ease-of-use.
- Better Cameras (front and back) – On the back, the telephoto lens has a different aperture than the iPhone 8 Plus for better low-light photography, matched with Optical Image stabilizing for both camera lenses on the back. For the front camera, with the assistance of the Face ID technology, even selfie shots can benefit from sharper foregrounds, and blurred backgrounds.
- Bigger Screen, Smaller Size – Due to the all-screen design, the iPhone X is significantly smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus, but with a bigger screen. The size fits better in the palm of the hand.
- Animoji – More of a fun gimmick, Apple has introduced animated emojis that borrow the facial recognition technology for you to send emojis that follow your facial expressions. Expect this to be an iPhone-user only feature.
- Price – The iPhone X is priced at an astounding $1319 (64GB) and $1529 (256GB). You’ll have to drop a pretty penny if you want all the bells and whistles Apple has to offer.
Our verdict: With the steep price-point that ventures into mobile computer pricing, you will need to be an Apple enthusiast or a person that gets everything done on your phone to legitimize the asking price. With new features that are by no means revolutionary, and the Galaxy Note 8 with similar technology at a cheaper price of $1299.99 (64GB), we would recommend testing out an iPhone X model before dropping the big bucks to make sure this is an investment you are willing to make.