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The Latest iPhones: 8 & X, What’s the big deal?

October 01st, 2017

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The news is out: The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are released, with the iPhone X right behind them. Not only are these the most expensive iPhones ever, but they are among the most innovative.

So what’s the big deal?

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: What’s changed?

The iPhone 8 (and the iPhone 8 Plus) are more than simply a minor upgrade to the iPhone 7. They are a revolution in many ways. All of the changes are oriented to improving the UX (user experience) including a better feel, better screen and better operating system.

  • Aluminum and Glass - Like a skyscraper, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are made of aluminum and glass. This gives the phone a solid feel and durable design.
  • Weight - The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are both a bit heavier than the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus respectively. This might seem odd, but it adds to the feeling of solidity.
  • Display - The displays on the 8’s are the same as the 7’s in terms of size, resolution, and contrast ratio. The biggest difference is the True Tone display that migrated from the iPad. This will give these phones more clarity and better sunlight legibility.
  • TouchID Scanner - The iPhone8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are the last model that will include the TouchID scanner. As the X goes to facial recognition, the reliable Touch ID scanner is still on the 8.
  • Colors - The iPhone 8 is available in Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.
  • iOS 11 - The new iOS 11 upgrade was released early this year and it gave the iPhone 6 and some iPhone 7 users fits. The new operating system slowed down their phones and drained their batteries. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been designed to handle the change. They come with a 6 core A11 Bionic Processor, 4 for efficiency and 2 for performance. These new processors make the 8 a powerful gaming and utility platform, very little slows them down.
  • Battery - The battery in the iPhone 8 lasts about 24 hours and the iPhone 8 Plus lasts a bit longer than that. That’s about the same as the 7, but with improved performance.
  • Cameras - The cameras on the 8s are custom tuned, individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers. This provides crystal clear tracking. Combine that with a CPU and a GPU that are more powerful than ever and you get outstanding image performance.

The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are a leap forward in pocket-sized technology. With processing power that will make more laptops envious and features on features, these might be the best phones Apple has ever made… until the iPhone X arrives.

The iPhone X has a bunch of innovations that change the game for iPhone users.

  • 5.8” Super Retina Screen - This is the first iPhone with this large of a screen. It has ultra slim bezels.
  • OLED Screen - All of this highlights the OLED screen, a change from the LCD technology that Apple has used up to now. The colors are more vibrant and diverse. These screens offer much truer color and a 1 million to 1 contrast ratio.
  • Style – The iPhones have always been at the leading edge of style, but the iPhone X goes much further. Rounded corners and great lines make this the sleekest design yet.
  • Face ID - Infamously not working at the announcement party, the Face ID will give you an easy way to unlock your phone. The camera can see who you are at all time.
  • Portrait Mode - The X is the first phone to deliver portrait mode on its front-facing cameras. Although there is only one lens, using some software workarounds, it’s able to deliver outstanding performance. The forward-facing camera is designed specifically with the world’s selfie obsession in mind. The foreground is crystal clear and the background is naturally blurred.
  • Portrait Lighting – With a number of different lighting modes, the iPhone X allows you to change the images easily and quickly show the best you.
  • Colors – The X comes in Space Gray and Silver. The aluminum case, that the 8s also have are excellent.
  • True Depth Camera – The camera technology is light-years ahead of other mobile phones. Using software and hardware, the iPhone X is able to deliver images that are much less flat than any other mobile device. The 12 megapixels, color filters, and a new telephoto camera, this is the best photo camera Apple has ever made.
  • Wireless Charging – No more cords with built-in wireless charging. This makes these even easier to charge.
  • Surgical-grade Stainless Steel – The power of stainless steel to protect your phone from dust and water.
  • Intuitive – Perhaps the most important part of the iPhone X is that it’s designed to be intuitive throughout. Intuitive designs, intuitive gestures, and intuitive layouts are all created to make this a phone the most user-friendly iPhone ever. 

What else do we know about the iPhone X? It will retail for $1000, much higher than other phones, but Apple is already confident that the money is worth it.