In September 2017, Apple updated its flagship phone of the last year, as always, but instead of issuing a usual model with an ‘S’ annex, we received a smartphone with an ‘8’ annex.
The minimum configuration of the novelty is more expensive than the previous model. Should the iPhone 8 be considered a budget purchase this year? Or would it make more sense to spend this money on the iPhone 7 and AirPods?
Old Design, New Materials
Differentiating the iPhone 8 from last year’s model by its appearance in a case is nearly impossible. However, everything changes once you take the case off the smartphone. It features new case colors that are pleasant to the eye and that have a back surface made of glass.
The first reviews by the journalists who got to hold the novelty in their hands agree on one thing: The iPhone 8 rests better in the hand because its back panel is less slippery than previous versions. This is good news for those who don’t like extra cases.
The Fastest CPU on the Market
The chip was named A11 Bionic and features 6 cores and 4.3 billion transistors. Its 4 cores (responsible for performance) function up to 70% faster than the A10 Fusion CPU. Meanwhile, it’s way more energy efficient due to the smart distribution of power among the cores. The iPhone 8 will manage new applications and games with augmented reality in no time.
The performance of the new flagship is more than sufficient. Undoubtedly, the iPhone 7 will also effortlessly cope with the usual day-to-day tasks of life, but the A11 Bionic is specifically developed to use the opportunities of the augmented reality.
True Tone Display
The screen of the iPhone 8 was supplemented with an iPad Pro feature, True Tone. This is a unique adjustment of the screen’s color reproduction depending on the environment. A four-channel ambient light sensor is used for this technology.
Many users have been looking forward to this technology appearing in the iPhone because with it the image on the screen looks extremely natural and comfortable to the eye.
In terms of the technical characteristics of the cameras in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, the changes are minimal. There is a new flash function, Slow Sync, and improved video recording. It is now possible to record videos with the new frequencies of 30 or 60 frames per second, and a slow-motion 240-frames-per-second video can be recorded in 1080P.
Nevertheless, when comparing the Plus versions of the iPhone, the situation is rather promising. Due to the dual camera in the iPhone 8 Plus, the ‘Portrait Light’ function appeared, which was promoted at the presentation. The True Tone Quad‑LED was updated with the Slow Sync function, and the capabilities in terms of recording videos were improved.
New Version of Bluetooth
The presenters didn’t have time to talk about this, which is a pity. The 5.0 version of Bluetooth has been installed on the iPhone 8. A smartphone featuring this module can support a 100-meter connection.
In other words, now there will be no interference when playing music, nor will there be unexpected breaks in communication. The data transfer speed is 4 times higher than in the 4.2 version, which is used in the ‘old’ iPhone 7.
Fast Wireless Charging
Qi standard charging devices are supported, and the phone can charge quickly (up to 50% of a full charge in 30 minutes). Now the iPhone features technology that appeared in competitors’ models a couple of years ago.
It would be interesting to find the price for the AirPower wireless charging device, which will allow for the charging of several devices at the same time. More information about the iPhone 8 at http://iphone8userguides.com/.