I think now you got it, I’m a huge Apple fan. I have a MacBook Pro, an iPhone, an AppleTV. And almost every year I buy the new iPhone. But this year the new iPhones didn’t seduce me!
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus design is the same than the iPhone 6/6Plus. It’s a 4years design. The only change is the back is now in glass…wait is this was already done with iPhone 4/4S… Come on Apple!
Even the specs are not really new! There is a new A11 Bionic chip, faster than ever before, every year we have a faster SoC (System on a Chip), and let’s be honest most of the people don’t need a Formula 1 in his pocket to read mail, iMessages and to do duck faces on Snapchat. The A10 is already fast enough even if you’re playing on your iPhone. And if you want great graphics just buy an Xbox One X, it might even be cheaper!
The Touch ID is still in V2, the screen is still a Retina HD, it’s still splash, water and Dust Resistant (IP67), the cameras are the same.
The only changes are:
- The SoC
- The Wireless charging
- The capacity going from 32GB to 64GB
- The True Tone Display (useful?)
- The size and weight the iPhone 8 Plus is larger and heavier than its predecessor.
- Neural engine is present on iPhone 8 Plus (useful?)
- Portrait Lighting ( I don’t really do a lot of portrait photos)
- 4K video at 24 and 60 fps (I don’t have a 4K screen at home)
The more I look at the specs sheet on Apple.com the more I think it’s an iPhone 7S and I don’t really need a new iPhone 7S. My iPhone 7 Plus is still working great, its battery still holds the charge and it’s still covered by AppleCare+ for one year in case something happen I’ll Have a brand new iPhone 7 Plus. In the next screenshots, you’ll be able to see those differences.
iPhone X might be the real update of the iPhone but I really don’t like the screen with its little horns on top of the screen! Also, the screen ratio is different and when you’re watching a movie on it there will be black strips on each side, ugly isn’t it? You can zoom the video but you’ll have to deal with this ugly island of sensors on top of the screen.
(Thanks Mac4Ever for the photos)
The other negative point is there is no home button, that means you’ll have to learn new gestures and deal with FaceID. I’m already complaining about TouchID not working well when I have moisture on my finger and don’t want to experience the same thing with this super expensive iPhone that won’t work smoothly if there is a light reflexion on my face or if I wear sun glasses. I’m not saying this technology is not amazing because I think it’s a great progress but since 1 or 2 years every new technology Apple implements is kinda a beta version when it’s first released and it’s not working very well. Look at Portrait Mode, MacBook Pro Late 2016 keyboard, etc… I don’t want to be a beta tester with a 999$ (1.159€) iPhone.
Also, I think the iPhone X design will become the design of the next iPhone generation and for a cheaper price. So it might be relevant to wait one more year.
Finally, iPhone X also has a smaller battery than iPhone 7 Plus and than iPhone 8Plus. As you can see in the previous screenshots, 12 hours of internet browsing for iPhone X against 13 hours for the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus and it goes the same for Video playback (wireless) iPhone X looses 1 hour.
So this year I won’t buy an iPhone but I will buy an Apple Watch Series 3, now Apple gave enough horsepower to its watch to run apps smoothly. I will also renew my Apple TV to future proof my home-cinema for the day I’ll get a 4K screen but also for its gigabyte ethernet port that will provide more speed to Infuse and other app using my local network.
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