The Apple showdown
Apple announced iPhone 8 in September at the brand new Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino - one year after iPhone 7 was revealed to the world. The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that Apple has bucked its own trend of an interim ‘S’ device, going straight from 7 to 8. So, what does that mean - is it a good thing, or a bad thing? Let’s find out…
The Apple smartphone range has always been hailed for its striking design, and iPhone 8 is no different. The 7000-series aluminium that featured on the back of iPhone 7 has been replaced by glass, which not only looks amazing, but lets you wirelessly charge iPhone 8 by placing it on a powermat. The curved corners and edges are still there, and the 3.5mm headphone port is definitely gone for good, with no return on the 2017 iPhones.
The 4.7-inch screen on iPhone 8 is equally as impressive as iPhone 7’s with one important improvement - True Tone tech. The technology automatically adjusts the white balance in your photos, delivering bright, accurate colours full of vibrance. And you get 3D Touch with that too, which adds a whole new level of interaction with your smartphone.
The display is pressure-sensitive, so if for example you’re playing a racing game, you’ll be able to choose just how quick or slow your car moves, using the on-screen accelerator or brake. You can also get different shortcut options from the homescreen, depending on how hard you press on different apps.
The 12MP camera that appeared on iPhone 7 makes a celebratory return on iPhone 8, but with a better sensor and optical image stabilisation (OIS). The improved sensor lets you take photos quicker and suck more light into the lens for more accurate photos. And the OIS is a great tool for avoiding blur in your shots, leveling out any shake you might have when capturing the moment.
The front-facing camera has remained unchanged at 8MP, and still delivers top quality selfies for all your Snapchat or Instagram needs.
Under the hood
On the inside of iPhone 8 you’ll find one of the biggest improvements - the A11 Bionic chip. Apple says that the hexa-core A11 chip has four efficiency cores that are up to 70% faster than its predecessor’s, and the other two are 25% quicker.
The A11 is pretty much the brains of iPhone 8, responsible for all sorts of stuff - not just speed. It also allows impressive AR to play through the smartphone, which is set to be everyone’s favourite new feature very shortly.
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