iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Prepares For The Future
Better cameras, a faster processor and inductive charging.
After a week of testing, it’s clear the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus offer solid if moderate improvements, including better cameras, a faster processor and inductive charging.
Charging made easy:
The biggest iPhone 8 change is the addition of “wireless” charging, which lets you rest an iPhone on a special surface to recharge it. You can still charge the iPhone 8 the old fashioned way — by sticking an Apple Lightning connector into the port at the base of the device.
In a refreshing change for Apple, it didn’t add yet another proprietary technology. The iPhone 8 uses the existing Qi standard, which means it can work with third-party devices
The inductive charging surfaces mostly look like coasters and plug into a wall.
One of the iPhone 7’s most vexing problems, caused by the removal of the headphone jack. Since the Lightning port is now free, you can listen to music and charge your phone at the same time again.
Better camera sensor and new filters:
The new camera sensors are still 12 megapixels, but the sensors are larger and have “deeper” pixels, meaning the pixel-well on the sensor is physically thicker. The resulting pixels are supposed to be better at isolation and have a higher dynamic range.
In our tests, the iPhone 8 photos showed noticeably different colors from the iPhone 7. The images had better color saturation and more depth. Low light images had a bit less noise as well.
The biggest change to the camera is a new photo setting that is still in beta. Only available on the iPhone 8 Plus, it’s an extension of the successful Portrait Mode, which used the two lenses to create a shallow depth-of-field effect. Apple has added five new settings that take advantage of the features ability to separate the subject from the background.
The most durable glass ever in a smartphone, front and back:
The iPhone 8 is sandwiched between two pieces of glass with an aluminum band circling around the edges. The iPhone 8 is made of glass so that it can be used with Qi chargers, and Apple claims it’s much less likely to crack this time.
The result is a slightly heavier device that doesn’t look much different from the 7. From the front its almost indistinguishable from the iPhone 7, though the back is clearly a different finish.
It comes in three color options, gold, silver and space gray. They all have the same water and dust resistance rating as the iPhone 7.
Processors and screen tricks:
Inside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is the same powerful A11 Bionic processor as in the iPhone X. It is built to handle the heavy demands of new machine learning and augmented reality features.
The screen can now adjust its tone and white balance to match your environment. The feature, called True Tone, was first included on the iPad Pro and works well enough.
One of the most entertaining new additions to the iPhone 8 isn’t even exclusive to the device: augmented reality. It’s part of iOS 11, Apple’s latest mobile operating system, which is available for older phones as well. iOS 11 also has a different look, a vastly improved Control Center, and a number of pleasing changes.
Everything works great. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are virtually perfect phones. For $699 (the iPhone 8) or $799 (the Plus), you get a device that makes calls, plays games, takes pictures, shows movies, gets you everywhere, and does everything better than ever before.