As we say goodbye to the summer, the breeze turns cold, the winter says I’m coming, and Apple says don’t go without the new iPhone. We at Unlockboot don’t watch seasons too much, but we do have a keen interest in iPhones. Apple yesterday introduced iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8. We’re not going to repeat the summary of the keynote. What we want to help you explore is whether you should upgrade.
What Do iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Offer
Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are iterative upgrades to their predecessors but do feature wireless charging and new design. 4.7 inches is the display size of iPhone 8, while 5.5 inches is what iPhone 8 Plus stocks. Both come with the quicker A11 bionic chip, 12 megapixel camera sensor and True Tone screen. The Plus has the new Portrait Light mode and the two-camera setup; the Portrait mode is pretty sleek and is adored by photographers.
The main highlight is the new design. The front and back feature a steel reinforced glass, and the sides are made of aluminum, so it should really feel like the iPhone 4 to you.
We’re also intrigued by the introduction of wireless charging. Apple went with the open QI standard, so expect both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to work with the wireless charges provided by other companies.
Apple is also making strides with augmented reality, which is why plenty of new features were demoed. While expecting the 8 to run more smoothly when it comes to these features, they’ll also be available on older iPhone models.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will arrive in 64 and 256 GB variants, with $699 as starting price.
Why iPhone X Is the Hype?
As we were expecting, a new high-end iPhone was announced by Apple yesterday. It comes with 5.8 inch Super Retina, OLED edge to edge display (True Tone), HDR, glass back and front, and stainless steel sides. Also, there’s no Touch ID, neither a Home button. The Home screen can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom.
The display looks like it’s going to be something really pleasing to the eye. 2436*1125 pixels is the resolution, and when it’s combined with other features, we think it’s safe to say that it is going to have one of the best smartphone displays to this date.
With no Touch ID, how do you unlock the thing? Well, you do it by gazing it at and swiping the screen from bottom to up. What you get is Face ID. Apple says it offers better security than Touch ID, and functions 24/7, regardless of what attire you’re wearing. Apple has worked on it really well, so it won’t be a victim of pictures of a person, and adjusts to glasses, hairstyles, etc. At the live event, the Face ID failed, but we’re not sure if the phone required another activation with a PIN after it was restarted or if there is a flaw.
Also introduced was a new feature in Messages to complement the facial tracking features. It’s called Animojis; the animated emojis can be controlled by the user with his/her facial expressions.
The iPhone X will come in 2 variants – 64 GB and 256 GB, with a beginning price of $999. It’s not that affordable, but if you can get it, it’s the most powerful iPhone out there.
iPhone X vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus Specs
Upgrading to iPhone 8, a good idea?
Whether you should be upgrading depends on your existing phone. Here’s our opinion:
Got iPhone 7?
As we said earlier, the iPhone 8 is at most an iterative betterment of the iPhone 7. It has a dope new design and a quicker processor, but we tell you that you’re going to have some what the same user experience. If you’re on a contract that enables you an annual upgrade, it can make sense to go for it. But for most individuals, an upgrade isn’t worth it, get the iPhone X instead – it’s the best ever.
Got an iPhone 6S?
If you currently own iPhone 6s, it’s a big challenge to desire. You still one of the best phones in the world, but you’re going to face battery life issues, and expect the phone to slow down in the next year. The iPhone 8 is a good upgrade to iPhone 6s, especially if you’ve already been planning to buy a new device.
Got an iPhone 6 or Earlier Model?
Well, you know what to do for this one. While iOS 11 is arriving to iPhone 6 Pus, 6, SE and 5, it’s going to be running at a slower pace than it does on the latest handsets. App developers will also utilize the extra power of the newest gadgets, so your older iPhones may deliver an even slower experience.
While the older iPhones won’t be obsolete, they won’t be delivering the sharp iOS performance that so many people are used to. If an on-contract upgrade is available to you, it’s worth upgrading to iPhone 8. A tough situation lies with you if an outright purchase is lingering in your mind (it’s worth consideration in our opinion).
Got an Android handset?
The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 are the second best iPhones around. If you’re considering a move to iOS, there won’t be a good time than now. Not only you can buy an entirely new iPhone 8, but since a lot of individuals will be offering new iPhone to upgrade, you’ll be able to pick a second hand but still dope new iPhone 7 at a discount. But if you haven’t considered a move to iOS, iPhone 8 isn’t going to change your mind.
Is iPhone X worth the Upgrade?
Listen, the iPhone X is awesome, sleek, shiny, but quite costly. This is not the handset that everyone needs to have. At the same time, it is the handset that many will be desiring to have. If the $1000 asking price is affordable to you, then go ahead, you know what this means better than anyone. But if you can better spend the amount elsewhere, do that, such as paying your rent. A lot of us will buy it, but we won’t be judging anyone for not doing so.