So, the new iPhone 8 is available from tomorrow. Followed shortly by the iPhone X in November, what’s the difference? And what should you go for?
Well let’s start with the iPhone 8:
Apple has kept the same exterior on the iPhone 8 as they had with previous generations (iPhone 7, 6S & 6). There are some minor modifications including a new glass back. This will give the phone the ability to accept a wireless charge from Apple’s upcoming AirPower mat charging pad and many other compatible Qi charging pads already available on the market. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will now only be available in Space Grey, Silver and a new Gold. The gold design appears to be a middle ground between the previous Gold and Rose Gold colours.
The new iPhone 8 comes with Apples new A11 Bionic (6 core) processor. Combined with a low powered M11 co-processor for motion, altitude and barometer metrics along with an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, Hey-Siri (sleep) and ability to lift to wake.
Storage – 64GB or 256GB
Cameras – Rear Camera – a 12Mp, f/1.8, 5x digital zoom, quad-LED flash. Front Camera is a 7Mp FaceTime HD, f/2.2, 1080p video and the ability to now record 4K at a smooth 60fps.
Screen sizes are identical to the previous iPhone 7 at 4.7 inches diagonally or 5.5 inches diagonally.
The display has taken the ‘true-tone’ feature from the iPad Pro to auto adjust the white balance of your display determined by your surroundings to create less strain on your eyes.
The new camera’s on the iPhone 8 Plus gives an all-new Portrait mode experience. With new professional filters which automatically add lighting effects and removal of backgrounds to create instant professional portraits or headshots within seconds.
iPhone 8 is designed with AR in mind, the A11 processor gives the device enough power to allow for AR applications and games to dominate the future of gaming on iOS.
On the surface, the iPhone X looks remarkably different on the exterior. With a new design that incorporates a 5.8 inch near bezel-free display whilst maintaining virtually the same size as the standard iPhone 8. The new display has meant a removal of almost all unnecessary features. This includes the Home Button/TouchID, which in turn means after 10 years of being used to phones with a Home Button, a new generation will have to learn how to use their devices gesture-based-based unlocking systems. Will it work?
Specs: The specs of the iPhone X are exactly the same as the iPhone 8, the same A11 and M11 chips.
Storage: 64GB or 256GB
The rear cameras on the iPhone X are identical to the iPhone 8. As for the front cameras, here is where the iPhone X takes a stance against Touch ID and removes the feature entirely. In replacement Apple has designed it’s new ‘FaceID’ system. iPhone X will scan your face with over 30,000 IR dots in daylight or in the dark with it’s 6 camera and sensor system to create a depth map of your face. FaceID uses machine learning to know if you are looking at the screen or not. This can be configured to only unlock if you are looking at their device. Apple’s new FaceID takes centre stage as the future replacement for TouchID.
The advanced front camera system on the iPhone X does open up some potential for future applications. Apple’s introduction on this is to take it’s new AR Kit platform and combine it with emoji to create Animoji. Animoji allows you to record a video to a friend and you are instantly converted as an animated emoji.
Speaking in terms of hardware and software the two phones are near identical for performance. There are major speed improvements over the previous iPhone 7 and an increase in storage options. These versions of the iPhone give some additional power for adopting AR.
Between the two devices, FaceID and the new bezeless display are the two features that will define the iPhone X from the iPhone 8. These features will probably define future iPhones going forward. If you are keen on keeping your Home Button, I suggest buying an 8 or 8 Plus now.
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