The hype and rumours for the new iPhone, which was to mark the 10th anniversary of the device, began about a week after the 7 range was released last year. So when Apple confirmed 12th September for the launch expectation reached fever pitch, but did the new offerings deliver as we were treated to not one, but three new handsets?
Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus
Usually, Apple release a new model number one year and then upgrade it to an ‘S’ version the following year. This time around they jumped from the 7 to the 8, but with such slight differences, I’m not sure why they did!
There is nothing big enough to make 7/7 Plus owners make the upgrade, and even 6s/6s Plus owners will question the additional expense, but maybe this is an intentional ploy by Apple, with the iPhone X announced soon after!
With the exception of the additional fraction of a millimeter in height, width and depth, the exterior is nearly identical to its predecessor. The display is the same in both models but the 8 series now brings True Tone technology from the iPad Pros into the iPhone. True Tone uses sensors to measure the light around you and adjust the white point and screen illumination delivering the best possible picture.
The two, only real changes, both relate to power. Firstly the 8/8 Plus come with Apples newest A11 Bionic chip, replacing the A10 fusion chip in the 7. This will deliver a better experience with the new iOS11, which was made public on 20th September. Then there is the one feature many iPhone users have longed for – Wireless charging!
With a new glass back, making up an all glass casing, the 8 series can finally offer wireless charging, which has been an option with other handsets for a couple of years! This is an option though! The handsets will not ship with a Qi wireless charger, you will need to purchase one, and these can start from around £54! For most who travel on a regular basis this will not be an issue as the standard lightening charge is all you will need.
Battery life remains the same, despite the additional power, up to 21 hours of talk time; or, should see you through the day. The cameras also lack any upgrades, but do now offer 60fps video recording at 4k, where previously this was only achievable at 1080p.
Those who like a bit of colour on their devices will also be disappointed. The selection of five different finishes on the 7 is back to three on the 8; Silver, Space Grey, Gold.
Prices begin at £699 for 64GB (entry-level) iPhone 8 and rise to £949 for the 256GB top end 8 Plus. Both devices and all storage/colour options are open for Preorder from Apple now, with shipping & deliveries due to start from 28th September.