In this Apple Iphone 8 review or rather an overview we cover everything we know about the iPhone 8 released just recently – Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Apple iPhone. You can also read this iPhone 8 plus review.
Review – Everything we know
Over the past few months, rumor mills have been working overtime – finding the tiniest bit of information about iPhone 8, and stitching designs and concepts together. However, as the expected launch date nears we are starting to get a clearer picture, literally in most cases.
Let’s check out the different rumors and ‘confirmations’ surrounding this amazing phone.
Released in 2017
If rumors and past release dates are any indicators at all, Apple’s latest iPhone (reportedly called the iPhone 8 released within this year) will be arriving in the second week of September.
Update: Mac4Ever has reported a September 12 launch. Nevertheless, since the source is unverified, we will be on the lookout for more concrete information.
Although September is the date of the unveiling, the actual release might be delayed – or some reports say, at least. However, conflicting reports are making things even hazier.
Business Insider reported a disappointing Early-2018 release, based on a Deutsche Bank research text that cited certain “technical challenges” in the production stages.
On the other hand, DigiTimes reports that iPhone 8’s mass production is well underway and this new phone should be hitting the shelves as early as October 2017.
Now this one is a doozy, if true.
Multiple leaks pointing toward the same price certainly inspires confidence in the accuracy of the news. However, the news itself isn’t very pleasant for potential buyers.
If reports and rumors are to be believed, this newest phone will start at a whopping $999 for the base model. Hence, the highest capacity model will cost well over $1200.
New York Times journalist, Brian X. Chen, first broke this story, citing “people briefed on the product” as his sources.
Another report on 9to5Mac had a similar narrative. In fact, seeing as this particular report was published over a month before Chen’s article, it solidifies the statements being made and the data being presented. The 9to5Mac report cites a J.P. Morgan analysis by Rod Hall as its source.
Yet another source, this time from Korea – Taipei-based KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo said, ““Apple may unveil it’s iPhone 8 in September, but it is predicted to go on sale in October or November.” Kuo is famous for his iPhone-related predictions, which have been fairly accurate in the past.
Using data from multiple sources, I have compiled the reported specs of this newest phone.
- 5.8in 2.5D OLED display (edge to edge most probably)
- Brand-new design
- 71x143x7.4mm dimensions
- Wireless charging support
- Apple A11 chip
- iOS 11 with improvements to Siri
- P2P payments
- Face-scanning technology (FaceID?)
- Dual rear cameras (Vertically aligned)
- LTE speeds of up to 450Mbps supported
Face ID: Is it the end of the Touch ID era?
This is among the most exciting leaks for potential buyers and Apple fans. However, it has also been the subject of a raging debate as well – especially from Touch ID fans.
Face ID is, reportedly, Apple’s advanced facial recognition feature, which can identify the iPhone owner instantly and unlock their device for them. Now, this news has met with several concerns regarding the viability of this technology in low lighting, especially at night.
Some even raised the subject of identical twins being able to unlock each other’s device. However, if Microsoft managed to create a face recognition technology that could tell twins apart (Windows Hello), then Apple could do it as well.
How Apple implements this technology, and how well it works, will decide the success or failure of Apple’s newest flagship phone.
Considering Apple’s track record of always polishing the technology before releasing it to the market (other than, ahem, Apple Maps), I am pretty confident that Apple would have considered all the potential problems that come with facial recognition.
A recent leak on 9to5Mac claimed that the iPhone 8 released this year could use Face ID to unlock even when the device is flat, or when the head is turned away. However, potential problems like someone (sibling, parent, etc.) simply pointing it at your face to unlock, might rile people who value their privacy. I hope Apple will address all these concerns and set a new standard of security, like it did with Touch ID.
This feature was certainly overdue. Although some people wouldn’t care about Wirless Charging much, there are many out there who appreciate the convenience of just plonking your phone down and seeing it start to charge.
Numerous leaks, including shots of its internal parts, have almost confirmed the existence of wireless charging technology in this phone – and will be a welcome addition to its feature set.
Images of the Screen
Apple fans have been clamoring for an edge-to-edge OLED display and all evidence suggests that Apple is, in fact, delivering. A leaked image on SlashLeaks shows a beautiful, bezel-less screen for the iPhone.
Although Apple’s decision to go edge-to-edge on the top, while leaving an island of sorts for the camera, proximity sensor, and speaker has been met with criticism, the design does look elegant – especially if the top right and left spaces are used for essential display elements like the battery level and cellular signal.
[Source – SlashLeaks]
Earlier rumors had pointed toward the iPhone sporting an edge-to-edge, curved display like the Samsung S8. However, A Forbes release from July has confirmed, citing an unnamed source, that the edges will feature a slim bezel, while the top and bottom will remain bezel-less.
If a video of scores of Chinese workers supposedly waxing hundreds of iPhones doesn’t convince you of the design of the iPhone 8’s reverse, nothing will.
In a couple of leaked videos of a Foxconn facility iPhones are seen receiving their finishing touches. In fact, the video quality of this source is so bad, that it virtually confirms it being true. Frankly, no one would go through the trouble of hiring so many workers to make a fake video. I hope.
The dual camera-lenses are vertically aligned, dismissing earlier reports of a horizontal alignment like the iPhone 7. However, the absence of the rumored rear Touch ID button is noticeable – trashing earlier rumors of a Touch ID sensor on the back of this new phone.
A Forbes release from July, citing an iPhone case manufacturer (Nodus) as its source, released a similar render of this new phone’s design. The leaked videos now confirm the accuracy of the renders that cropped up in July.
[Source – Forbes]
This phone’s flagship is set to release alongside the iPhone 7s and an iPhone 7s Plus. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities predicted that these two iPhone models would release with the flagship iPhone 8.
If history is any indicator at all, the 7s and 7s Plus should feature identical designs to last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. On the hardware side of things, they should be equipped with a better camera and the latest A11 chip.
[Source – Forbes]
Overall, this new phone seems to be heading toward an exciting release – generating hype, expectations, and debate among the smartphone crowd. Barring the massive pricing let down, all the other rumors and leaks appear to be in line with everyone’s expectations.
We await the impending release anxiously to see which leaks were reliable and which proved to be duds! Thanks for reading our Iphone 8 Review.