By now, you would have read dozens of articles on the latest iPhones–iPhone 8 and iPhone X. No prizes for guessing here, the leaks were once again spot on, taking out all elements of surprise. And as with previous iPhone launches, Apple has created high spec smartphones capable of making into review charts and roundups in 2017 as ‘best smartphones of the year’. But is Apple hitting a wall in terms of innovation?
At one glance, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus looks identical to iPhone 7 line, spotting the same rounded edges, button positions and protruding camera design. For iPhone 7 users, the switch will be intuitive as the design uses the same capacitive home button and of course, the lack of the headphone jacks. In fact, it really should be called the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. They did however bumped up the hardware to include a ultra high performing A11 Bionic chipset, 12-megapixel rear camera and 7-megapixel front-facing camera and wireless charging capabilities on both models.
The iPhone 8 with the new iOS 11 seems like a “transitional model” to the future of iPhones, starting from the iPhone X. The new gestures, user interface and experience are making it easier for the home button to disappear and for users of iPhone to evolve their habitual use of a physical home button to one that is without. The iPhone 8 could also jolly well be used as a marketing decoy, deflecting users to the iPhone X.
Release date and pricing
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus starts shipping on 22 September 2017 and are both available now at the Apple Store with a choice of 64GB or 256GB storage. The iPhone 8 is priced at S$1,148 (64GB) and S$1,388 (256GB) while the iPhone 8 Plus is priced at S$1,308 (64GB) and S$1,548 (256GB).
Apple’s real deal in the recent keynote event is definitely the iPhone X. Priced starting at S$1,648 for the 64GB model, the high-end version comes with more the bells and whistle like facial-recognition security that Apple calls FaceID and a higher resolution ‘Super Retina Display’ that wraps the entire front of the phone.
With the iPhone X (it’s pronounced ‘ten’ and not ‘Ex’), Apple might be moving back to a single size iPhone. The phone is only slightly bigger than the iPhone 8 but has a screen size that is even larger than the iPhone 8 Plus at 5.8 inches. And unlike the iPhone Plus models where Apple has tried to provide a single-handed use with ‘Reachability’, the size for the new iPhone X feels right. And that’s a big deal. And oh, in case you haven’t noticed, there’s no home button anymore. A long overdue design update, iPhone X is all screen, giving users an immersive experience.
The iPhone X cameras is also Apple’s most advanced. Even though there are a lot of better spec phone cameras in the market, Apple’s colour saturation and gradation for the shots seems so natural, almost film like. With the upgrade to dual OIS (optical image stabilisation) on both rear lenses, you now have the ability to shoot better low light images and less shaky videos. Previous iPhones I’ve used is helpless when faced with poor lighting conditions. The front facing camera now has the capability to capture bokeh-like selfies with a new technology called TrueDepth.
Watch the other features in this video from Apple:
Release date and pricing
According to Apple, pre-orders for the iPhone X will begin on 27 October 2017 and starts shipping 3 November 2017. The iPhone X comes in 2 colours, black and white and is priced at S$1,648 for the 64GB and S$1,888 for 256GB worth of storage.
So, will iPhone 8 get lost in the shadow of the anniversary iPhone X? Only time will tell. But if I have to upgrade my iPhone, it will have to be the iPhone X and not the already-obsolete-at-launch iPhone 8. And judging from the (lack of) queue in shops and launch events here in Singapore, I believe iPhone users feel the same.