Google will launch their new Pixel and Pixel XL flagships this year with better designs and new hardware, all set to compete with the iPhone 7 lineup. Apple is quiet about their flagship launches, but iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is gearing up with all the latest and greatest tech. As per new leaks and to everybody’s surprise, Apple will follow the footstep of Samsung to skip the “iPhone 7S and 7S Plus” versions for an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. This kind of makes sense since the “S” variants of their flagships are basically hardware and software increments with not much change in the overall design.
The last design change we saw in an iPhone was in 2014, when iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched. We have got two new version of iPhones ever since, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7, and Apple only cared about adding new features and removing some, the headphone jack for example. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is an innovation to be fair, the addition of a dual camera to increase the focal length and get better shots is out of the box thinking. The removal of the clicky home button to a taptic engine enabled button is just so amazing, no more damaged home buttons. And finally we bid goodbye to the aging 3.5mm jack, which is a good thing, Apple is keen at observing.
The real question what’s in-store for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, a new design, new and better hardware, more features, read on to find out.
Apple iPhone 8 Design and Display : What’s hot, where does it suck?
The most debated argument is will iPhone 8 see any design changes, we’ve been seeing the same revision for almost 2 years and nothing has changed. The good news is that an Apple spokesperson confirmed that, yes, there will be a design change in the iPhone 8, the bad news, what kind of a design change, a curved screen, shape with less rounding? That’s something we will have to wait and see.
The design doesn’t cover the whole story, surely the display only got a boost in colors in the iPhone 7, increasing the brightness of the screen. It still remains the same 4.7 inch package with that weird 1334×750 resolution. Leaks from Apple points to a bigger display, 4.9 to 5.1 inches size and better resolution. We all can agree that Apple is not going to sacrifice size for handling and even at that resolution an iPhone 7 still ticks all the boxes for display, it’s enough for a screen this big. AMOLED displays on Samsung phones and various other manufacturers can be whole new level of comparison since they all come in Quad HD resolution. Apple may scale the iPhone 8 to 4.9 inches for the display, probably, 1920×1080 for the resolution, iPhone 8 Plus with a bigger, 5.7 inch display and QHD (2560×1440) for the resolution. Keeping up with the competition, this will be a big step for Apple and a necessary one.
Apple iPhone 8 Camera : A new revision?
It’s like we are walking in circles. The race to better pixels is still on, with only Android counterparts bringing a new contender every time, sure Apple starts the race first. iPhone 7 comes with a 12 Megapixel optically stabilized camera but it falls short in competition. The iPhone 7’s camera is the best iPhone camera, but Samsung’s S7 Edge and HTC 10 is leading the pack with their 12 Megapixel camera and other manufacturers like Motorola and Sony following up, Apple need to do something here. iPhone 8 will come with a better camera revision, a new 16 Megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and quad LED flash to go along. A wide angle 8 Megapixel front camera will be the perfect companion for selfies. The iPhone 8 Plus will come with the same dual lens setup, both of them 16 Megapixels following Apple’s recent innovation, with optical image stabilization and quad LED flash for better shots.
Apple iPhone 8 Performance : Setting standards?
Apple’s iPhone might not see big changes, but compare it to any high end Android phone, the iPhone 7 handily beats in terms of pure performance. It’s not the spec that matters, which has become a fallacy, it’s the ecosystem. Hardware to hardware, an Android phone might have speedier chips and better RAM but Android can’t seem to match up with the buttery smooth iOS framerate. Apple iPhone 8 will come with a new A11 or A11 fusion processor, quad core with 3GB of RAM, scaling the performance to new levels. Daily tasks to multimedia and multitasking, iPhone 8 will take care of it without any hiccup, promising better battery life with a new 2100mAh unit. iPhone 8 Plus will be specced similarly with more RAM, 4GB to be precise to keep things flowing. And a bigger 3000mAh battery will give it the juice it needs.
Apple iPhone 8 Price : Premium warning!
With everything revised, it’s safe to say that an iPhone 8 will come with a premium price tag, Apple doesn’t change much in this regard. We’ll witness the usual launch presentation, the pricing for the older iPhones reduced to their previous counterparts and so on. Some leaks also point to Apple killing the 32GB variant and keeping the 128GB and 256GB variants, in that case, we can expect a price of $749 for the iPhone 8 and $869 for the iPhone 8 Plus. That’s a premium price compared to Android offerings, but there is an iPhone upgrade program to get a new iPhone at cheap rates, that’s one more option.
Apple iPhone 8 Release Date : Launch it already!
Apple fans will be Apple fans and no matter what they will stick to an iPhone even if the design is same and the camera is mediocre. But this is iPhone 8 we are talking about, a major milestone for Apple. It’s the most anticipated iPhone version, with leaks, reports, all confirming a better design, new hardware and better camera, not to mention water resistance too. Apple will stick with September dates to launch the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, it could also happen earlier, with some reports suggesting as early as April, we will just have to wait to confirm.