Getting to know the iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 is an incremental update over the iPhone 7. Whilst not as groundbreaking as the soon-to-be released iPhone X, it still has some improvements that iPhone fans are likely to be impressed by.
- Improved performance and speed thanks to the new A11 Bionic chip
- Upgraded camera that takes beautiful shots
- Capability for augmented reality
- Wireless charging
- Design is too similar to the iPhone 7
- Feels outmoded by the iPhone X
The Apple iPhone 8: in more detail
The iPhone 8 doesn’t break the mould, but it’s a solid device with improvements over the 7, with TechRadar stating ‘there’s enough here to warrant an upgrade if it’s time’. Many reviewers pointed out that it will be quickly overshadowed by its flashier cousin the iPhone X, but whilst it may not innovate, the 8 is the best iteration yet of the tried-and-true basic iPhone. PhoneArena called it ‘a fantastic, compact, powerful smartphone’. For Apple devotees who aren’t prepared to fork out the eye-watering price of the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 is a great choice.
Performance and battery
The iPhone 8 is equipped with the new super-fast A11 Bionic chip, a six-core CPU that improves on the iPhone 7’s superb performance and efficiency across the board.
All that extra power really comes into its own when gaming or exploring the iPhone 8’s advanced AR capabilities, and whilst it’s probably overkill for most everyday apps, it results in an incredibly slick user experience.
Apple claims the battery should last about the same amount of time as the iPhone 7’s. If this is true, it may leave something to be desired - many reviewers found the 7 ran out of juice before the end of the day.
The design of the iPhone 8 is largely similar to the 7, its most notable difference being an all-new glass back replacing the traditional aluminium.
The glass panel looks premium and makes the phone feel lighter (despite a 10g increase in weight), although some reviewers were concerned that it would make the phone more breakable.
The switch to glass isn’t just aesthetic: it enables wireless charging, meaning all you have to do is stick the phone on a charging pad when it’s running low.
The iPhone 8’s 4.7-inch display has the same screen size and resolution as the last few iPhones, but has been slightly upgraded from the 7.
The improvement comes in the form of Apple’s True Tone technology, which uses the phone’s sensors to match screen colour temperature to ambient lighting conditions. The display is bright and sharp, with great colour reproduction, and is easily viewable outdoors.
Like the iPhone 7, the 8 features a 12MP sensor and an f/1.8 aperture. However, this time around the sensor is larger, resulting in bigger, more light-sensitive pixels.
It’s a great camera that takes excellent shots, even in low light. PhoneArena called it ‘impressively powerful’, and TechRadar said ‘the overall quality of the pictures is still superb’.
Other upgrades include new data-processing systems intended to improve auto-focus speed and HDR performance, as well as improved video capabilities.
iOS 11 adds lots of new features to the familiar iOS landscape, so you’ll get plenty of fresh functionality without getting lost.
Apple has focused on machine learning this time around, improving Siri’s artificial intelligence. No longer just a voice assistant, Siri now controls the software too, and is able to recommend music and news stories it thinks you’ll be interested in.
Other new features include a redesigned control centre that lets you access a host of handy options by swiping up from the screen, a file system, screenshot editing functions and new note-taking tools.