The iPhone 8 – don’t name it the 7S! – seems virtually precisely just like the iPhone 7. It feels virtually precisely just like the iPhone 7. And it really works and prices virtually precisely what the iPhone 7 did. Nevertheless it’s what you may’t see that basically counts.
Following the launch occasion within the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s spaceship-ish new Apple Park campus, I had a couple of minutes to mess around with the brand new iPhone 8 – the bigger Plus model, to be particular. I introduced an iPhone 7 alongside for comparability functions, and whereas the Apple people manning the show station wouldn’t let me take side-by-side pictures (noting that my telephone has extra scars and cuts than Nick Nolte), it was readily obvious they’re primarily the identical.
The iPhone 7 clone
The iPhone 8 has the identical bezels above and beneath display screen, the identical dwelling button, and largely the identical screens, though the 8 now helps True Tone for adjusting the distinction of the display screen dynamically in response to lighting. Was it simply me or did the display screen look somewhat too heat? We’ll clearly want to check this function out somewhat extra.
The foremost design change is the change to an all-glass design, back and front, which facilitates the mixing of wi-fi charging. If you happen to’ve been utilizing a case together with your iPhone – and also you HAVE been utilizing a case, proper? – you’ll by no means discover that this newer telephone is barely much less slippery.
Wi-fi charging and Portrait Lighting
The addition of wireless charging is one of some key new “ultimately!” options Apple has dropped at the iPhone 8 that’s helpful sufficient to make anybody contemplate upgrading. Wi-fi charging is fabulous when it really works. The Qi protocol has one limitation, nevertheless: It doesn’t transmit successfully by means of thicker instances (and also you ARE using a case , proper?). We didn’t get an opportunity to strive Apple’s new charging mat, which purports to juice up a number of totally different units at totally different speeds concurrently, however we stay up for testing this out.
The iPhone 7 launched Portrait Mode , and iPhone 8 enhances it with Portrait Lighting, which helps you to change the lighting scheme for a portrait among the many varied kinds professionals would possibly use of their studio. It wasn’t clear how one can discover Portrait Lighting, so I dug into the Images app and clicked edit on what appeared like an acceptable shot. A brand new wheel pops up on the backside of the display screen that merely and intuitively let me shuttle between the totally different modes, from Stage Mild to Studio Mild to Portrait Mild. Straightforward to find and galvanizing, that is precisely the type of factor that prompts individuals to improve.
Certainly, Apple has made regular, sensible enhancements to the cameras in its telephones for years, and the iPhone 8 is not any exception. Sure, it seems lots just like the 7. However the brand new cameras are extra highly effective, there’s optical picture stabilization in each the 8 and the 8 Plus, and the autofocus is improved, in response to Apple. Certainly, there are numerous below the hood enhancements to battery life and processing energy, and the bottom mannequin jumps up a bit when it comes to storage too.
The opposite huge function addition is AR, or augmented actuality. I examined this out briefly with a recreation. After just a few seconds initializing the sport and getting it to acknowledge the tabletop floor, giant robots clashed earlier than my eyes. How was nobody else noticing these items? AR takes strong processing energy, however the iPhone 8 had no issues rendering, although the app was somewhat gradual to load the primary time.
With numerous below the hood enhancements — resembling a brand new A11 Bionic processor — and few superficial tweaks, it’s onerous to separate first impressions of the iPhone 8 from months spent rising acquainted with the 7. They simply really feel the identical within the hand. However shoppers pondering of upgrading or contemplating an iPhone for the primary time will see a way more compelling product after they take a look at the 8. And in that sense, seems do matter.
The iPhone 8 will begin at $700 for the 64GB model, and the iPhone 8 Plus is available in at $800 for a similar quantity of storage.