The hype is real; pretty much all media outlets that were covering the latest addition to the iPhone line up have sung in unison about how the 10 year anniversary (does that make you feel old too?) of the iPhone was going to be a huge deal. It also happens to apparently coincide with a wave of current owners looking to upgrade from much older handsets as opposed to the normal technophile that might update every year or so. So with these 2 factors coming into play, it was a fairly safe call that Apple was going to try and pull something big out of its hat.
Now the curtain has been ripped away to reveal not 2 but 3 new hand sets coming to Australia early in November and we can now see if Apple can live up to the hype. So what is there to be excited about?
- The major selling point is the new screen design which has basically no bezel. This means you get more screen in less space and it looks amazing as well. The screen is using OLED technology with a massive 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Which more or less means you get much darker blacks and better colour representation.
- The 'home' button has been removed completely. So now to unlock your phone you just have to look at it, which isn't exactly new but this looks like it's going to be the best implementation of it in current handsets. It uses dot mapping technology so that it can't be fooled by a picture and is apparently less prone to being tricked than the fingerprint sensor.
- Tougher glass body - will this finally mean the end to screen repairs? Nope, but it might mean you get a few less dings on your phone.
- It should be super powerful with the new A11, 6 core processor which they say is 70% faster than the A10 and 3 core GPU for 30% better graphics performance.
- It packs an amazing camera into a very small space with a 7MP front facing camera and a 12MP rear facing camera.
- Wireless changing
- Waterproof IP67 rating
Cost will be $1829 for 256GB or $1579 for 64GB
iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
So why is there also an iPhone 8 being released? Why not iPhone X and X Plus? Or iPhone 7S and 7S Plus?
Well it mainly comes down to marketing. Can you imagine people choosing an updated iPhone 7 over the iPhone X - not really. At best it would be a hard sell, which makes it a waste of time. It would also mean quite a few people would have to jump ship because of the fairly big price tag hanging off the iPhone X.
So they needed to release a cheaper alternative but still get sales and hence, the iPhone 8 is born.
Now the biggest difference is probably the screen. In a nutshell, the iPhone 8 still has all the processing power of the X but has a (now) 'last generation' screen with a lower resolution. So even though the iPhone 8 Plus is much bigger than the iPhone X, the screen is actually smaller. That also means it has a home button and normal screen bezel.
iPhone 8: $1079/$1329 64GB/256GB
iPhone 8 Plus: $1229/$1479 64GB/256GB
While parts aren't available yet, we will endeavour to get hold of them as soon as possible. Hopefully, no one busts their brand new, almost $2000 dollar, phone for a little while yet anyway! If you're thinking of selling your old iPhone remember to book in now to get some of the cheapest iPhone screen repair prices we have ever offered!