Technology iPhone 8 or iPhone X: Which is better for you?

07:26  14 september  2017
07:26  14 september  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

The New Apple iPhone 8 Is Built for Photography and Augmented Reality

  The New Apple iPhone 8 Is Built for Photography and Augmented Reality Apple on Tuesday introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, mostly incremental upgrades to the existing iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, made of aluminum and glass, come in silver, space gray and gold colors. They’re water- and dust-resistant with upgraded displays and studio speakers. They’re powered by an all-new, six-core processor, which Apple calls the A11 Bionic. They will be available in 64GB and 256GB configurations starting at $699 for the iPhone 8 and $799 for the iPhone 8 Plus. They will start shipping on September 22.

For advice on the current iPhone range, read our iPhone buying guide and best cheap iPhone deals UK. Or, if you 'd like to look even further into the future, read iPhone 9 and beyond. Release date.

There's now a good chance the iPhone 8 release date may slip into October due to production delays, and the late September release date will be left to the 7S phones. But you 'll definitely have it by before Black Friday and Cyber Monday – if you can find it in stock before 2018.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing talks about pricing for the new iPhone 8 Plus. © Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing talks about pricing for the new iPhone 8 Plus. On Tuesday, Apple unveiled not one, but three smartphones during an event held at the Steve Jobs Theater on its new campus in Cupertino, Calif.

All three phones — iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X — will run iOS 11, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system.

But which to choose? It comes down to price, size and whether you really, really need to communicate in animated emojis.

Price

iPhone 8. The 64GB model starts at $699, while the 256GB model is $849.

Apple introduces ‘Face ID’ for iPhone X

  Apple introduces ‘Face ID’ for iPhone X Apple today confirmed the iPhone X will feature facial recognition technology dependent upon a new “true depth camera system” including an infrared camera, flood illuminator, dot projector, and proximity sensor. The Face ID feature will work in low light situations and, according to Apple, there’s only a one in a million chance another face (unless you have an evil twin) can unlock your device.Every time you look at your iPhone X it detects your face. The feature will allow users to unlock devices simply by looking at them, essentially letting iPhone owners to use their face as a password.

Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcement went about exactly as the rumors predicted. Really, there was only one surprise — the fact that all of the new models will support the Qi wireless charging standard.

The iPhone X is slightly better here as well , featuring what Apple calls a "TrueDepth" camera. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, which are similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in terms of design, retain Touch ID.

iPhone 8 Plus. The 64GB model starts at $799, and the 256GB model is $949.

iPhone X. The 64GB model starts at $999, and the 256GB model is $1,149.

Screen size

iPhone 8. 4.7-inch retina display.

iPhone 8 Plus. 5.5-inch retina display.

iPhone X. 5.8-inch 'super retina' display.

Key features

iPhone 8. It boasts an all-glass design, support for wireless charging (available through a charging mat purchased separately), the A11 Bionic chip that's about 25% faster than the iPhone 7.

iPhone 8 Plus. The big step up here is the larger screen with sharper resolution as well as the dual cameras. There's also Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting to enhance portrait style photos.

iPhone X. The screen is larger than the 8 Plus, yet the overall body of the phone is about the same as the 8. The Touch ID is replaced with a Face ID security feature. The resolution is even sharper than the 8 Plus. The front-facing camera will also support Portrait Mode and Lighting (it's only on the back for 8 Plus). Users can also activate animated emojis, which move with your face.

Availability

iPhone 8. Preorders start September 15, and launches September 22.

iPhone 8 Plus. Preorders start September 15, and launches September 22.

iPhone X. Preorders start October 27, and launches November 3.

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The iPhone 8 back glass is more expensive to fix than the screen .
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus' most obvious design change is the switch to a glossy, glass back. There was a chance this glass would be priced at or around the same price as a cracked screen under AppleCare+, but that's apparently not the case: AppleInsider confirmed today that a broken back won't qualify for a $29 screen replacement. It'll instead be subject to an "other damage" fee of $99 (plus tax). Apple gives users two screen replacements and two miscellaneous damage incidents at the $29 and $99 price respectively.

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