September 12 was a historic day for Apple. Not only did they go beyond his numerical tradition of naming his phones, skipping the iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus, but they also announced a third phone that completely overshadowed his normal flagship models. Let’s see what are the things that these new phones can do and the iPhone 7 does not.
Is it worth changing an iPhone 7 or 7 plus to an iPhone 8 or 8 plus?
A couple of days ago, Apple introduced three new phones in the Apple Park, specifically the iPhone X (most advanced and expensive model), iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. And even though all the attention was on the iPhone X, Apple boasted the improvements of its new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Let’s see below how they differ from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus features an A 11 Bionic processor, while the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus features an A 10 Fusion processor.
The Bionic A11 processor has been designed for the three new iPhone, and offers performance improvements, since 6 cores are now included instead of 4. Of these cores, 4 are intended for high performance tasks, while the remaining will do for those of low performance.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus has an internal storage of 64 and 256 GB, while the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has the options of 32, 128 and 256 GB
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are slightly taller, wider and thicker than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, for a couple of millimeters.
- Dimensions of the iPhone 8: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm
- Dimensions of the iPhone 8 Plus: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
- Dimensions of the iPhone 7: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
- Dimensions of the iPhone 7 Plus: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
Material they are made of
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be built with aluminum and glass back sides while the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have metal bodies.
The camera is another section that receives improvements, but only software, because technically we have the same photographic system on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as the one found on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. However, Apple assumed that thanks to the A11 Bionic chip, they could use machine learning to enhance “portrait mode” photography, as well as the new “Portrait Lighting Mode”, where users can play with light in the picture to give a unique result to their images.
Strictly talking, the improvements you will find between the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, compared to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will only be in the processor and implementation of wireless charging, but otherwise we have the classic design of the company, which if well makes them look “outdated” in front of the iPhone X, continue to hold the Home button and the Touch ID.
As we can see, the most outstanding feature of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is its wireless charging, which is why the back cover is glass and not metal, however the battery life and charging times do not appear to be different from those of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus or iPhone X?
The iPhone X is imposed on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It has a modified design, new screen and improvements in specifications. These additions make the iPhone X capable of things that iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cannot do.
OLED display with HDR
Although the three new iPhone models are compatible with HDR1o and Dolby Vision, only the iPhone X comes with a true HDR display. This is achieved by using OLED technology instead of the IPS LCD screens found on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The OLED display on the iPhone X has a significantly higher contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1, compared to the iPhone 8 Plus’s 1.300: 1 and iPhone’s 1,400: 1 ratio.
This OLED screen, which Apple calls Super Retina HD, can produce much deeper blacks. This is achieved by turning off the pixels that are black, while on an LCD screen these pixels are still on. Thanks to this, the OLED display offers another advantage: better battery life.
A more durable battery
Despite all the new technology of the iPhone X, this one has a battery that lasts longer than the iPhone 8.
Apple, as usual, does not reveal the capacity ratings of the batteries of their phones, but says that the iPhone 8 can last as long as the iPhone 7. Similarly, the iPhone 8 Plus should last the same as the iPhone 7 Plus. But the company stresses that the iPhone X can last up to 2 hours longer than the iPhone 7.
Optical Image Stabilization
Although the three new iPhone models come with two 12-megapixel cameras on the back and 7-megapixel cameras on the front, both the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus have an additional rear camera sensor. These double cameras have two different lenses: one wide-angle and one telephoto. But Apple added two more things to the iPhone X camera.
First, the iPhone X has optical image stabilization (OIS) in both cameras. The iPhone 8 Plus has OIS only on the wide-angle camera, leaving the telephoto camera more susceptible to quaking.
Second, the iPhone 8 Plus telephoto lens has a f / 2.8 aperture, while the iPhone X has a telephoto lens with an f / 2.4 aperture, giving it a small edge in depth of field in low light conditions. Photos that capture the telephoto lens of the iPhone X.
With the iPhone X, you will have to use Face ID to unlock the phone. It uses an infrared camera, light sensor and a point projector with more than 30,000 invisible points to arm and read your facial map. And, because Touch ID is gone, you’ll have to use Face ID to authenticate purchases using Apple Pay.
Face ID is aware of the attention you lend, too, which means you will not unlock the cell phone if you do not want it to do, for example, when you are reading notifications.
Because Face ID requires these three pieces of technology, you cannot use it on iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, which still retain Touch ID.
Portrait mode on the front camera
The front camera of the iPhone X comes with a couple of tricks the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cameras are not capable of.
To begin, portrait mode, which was previously possible only in the rear chambers of the iPhone 7 Plus, is found in both the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. However, thanks to the help of additional sensors that are in front of the iPhone X, its TrueDepth front camera can also take selfies with portrait mode.
Portrait Lighting with Front Camera
Portrait Lighting – the new feature that scans your face and calculates how your facial features interact with light to create lighting effects – is also possible with the TrueDepth camera on the front.
This camera function takes portrait mode to the next level by not only differentiating the foreground from the background, but also simulating different light conditions: natural, studio, outline and stage light. Stage lighting, for example, keeps your face illuminated to simulate professional portraits made in a studio.
Finally, animoji. This function is specific to iPhone X that uses the TrueDepth camera to read and analyze “more than 50 different muscular movements” to reflect the movements and expressions of 12 different animojis (or animated emojis).
The animojis are created within Messages and your voice is recorded. They are played continuously in the message display, and when you tap to open an animoji, the voice recording will be played.