Apple’s annual iPhone product announcements are the most highly-anticipated tech events of the year. This year’s presentation of iPhone X may have been the finale of the presentation, but it could be the iPhone 8 that’s the best choice.
Happy Tenth Anniversary, iPhone
With this year’s tenth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ introduction of the iPhone, the excitement was at a fever pitch. Fans were looking forward to the next innovation from the world’s richest company. There were also rumors of a super-premium anniversary phone.
Apple has rolled out two new iPhones, the 8 and the X. The 8 is the latest iteration of the iPhone that we’ve known and loved from the beginning. It features an all-glass design, and significant upgrades to both the camera and processor chip. Normally, the 8 would have gotten the lion’s share of press attention after the event, but not this year.
All Hail The X
Among Steve Jobs many innovations that left dents in the universe, the tech product keynotes may be his least appreciated. Jobs’ ability to present a new product and immediately build anticipation for it has been copied by every presenter since. As part of his intense preparation for each presentation, was “one more thing…” That famous phrase, casually dropped after a moment of faux forgetfulness, told the world that what was coming next was a really big deal.
At the Apple presentation, the “one more thing…” moment was the iPhone X. For the first time, a major iPhone announcement played second fiddle to, well, another iPhone announcement. After lauding all of the wonderful features of the evolutionary 8, Tim Cook’s “one more thing” was the revolutionary full-screen experience and new Face ID technology. The 8 was turned into the “last thing” mere minutes after its introduction.
But Wait, Look At iPhone 8
In any other year, the iPhone 8 would be the worthy successor to the world’s most important tech device. Perfected over several generations, the iPhone 8 is the pinnacle of Apple’s design aesthetic, beautiful, pure and elegant. Inside, it hosts a 12MP camera that should offer better color quality and shooting modes than ever before. It’s no wonder that the iPhone has become the world’s most popular camera.
The tech specs are equally as impressive. The A11 Bionic chip should produce a fast user experience, and be able to handle the new augmented reality that Apple clearly feels will drive the next generation of game and app development.
Charge Me Up
Apple is even trying to address charging and battery issues. The one downside to all of these added features and processing power is that it can drain battery life. In iPhone 8, Apple has improved its performance controller, which should help maintain battery life.
With the addition of wireless charging, it will be easier to keep your phone at full power. Over time, most public places will have tables that will be able to recharge your phone automatically. Just like wi-fi is almost a requirement for any public space, wireless charging will come along as well.
Lots of Curves, One Bleeding Edge
This isn’t to dismiss the iPhone X at all. But, at a starting price of $999, many Apple fans might not want to be part of what could be a very expensive experiment. Even at the Apple presentation, the first attempt to use Face ID failed. While the tech is certainly innovative, there are lots of security and usability concerns. We can’t possibly know how well it will work and what other issues may arise, until million of these get into wider use.
There are also rumors of production problems surrounding the X that may delay its release. It’s possible that the issues surrounding the front-facing TrueDepth camera that’s required for Face ID won’t be fully resolved until early 2018. As with any new and innovative technology, especially one being rolled out on such a large scale, there will be unexpected bugs in early releases that will take time to fix.
Making Your Choice
Early reports are that the iPhone 8 is selling better than projected. With the iPhone X being priced at a level that many consumers won’t accept, coupled with production delays and unproven technology, the 8 may be the better choice. It’s a solid, proven phone, that offers most of the latest features any user could want. It’s shipping now, at a good price.
The iPhone X is probably going to mark a change in direction for Apple’s phone design, but it may be too early for most consumers. If you’re ready for a new phone, strongly consider the iPhone 8 as a good choice for today. Then see where things go for the new generation of iPhone in the next couple of years.