Despite a lukewarm reception for Apple’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the tech giant is captivating the world yet again with its recent announcement of iPhone X—a brand-new device with features unlike any of its predecessors. Here’s what you need to know about the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone Ten”) comes hot on the heels of the release of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which received less-than-enthusiastic turnouts. Many are speculating that crowds are waiting for the X, which has more standout features and upgrades. In Sydney, one of the first cities where the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were made available, the Apple store saw less than 30 people in line on launch day.
Although the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come with the same processor and software as the iPhone X, the devices’ traditional design make them seem similar to the iPhone 7 models aesthetically. Still, the glass finish and wireless charging support are nothing short of impressive. The iPhone 8 Plus also boasts a Portrait Lighting feature that lets you preset effects like Natural Light, Studio Light, Contour Light and Stage Light. Check out Apple’s latest ad, which puts a spotlight on this new feature as it tries to push consumers to purchase the iPhone 8 Plus.
The iPhone X
Why is the iPhone X attracting more attention? Because of its surgical-grade stainless steel and glass design, a screen that takes up the whole of the phone's front panel, and a new Face ID feature for verifying purchases and scanning faces. Another buzzed-about feature is the upgraded camera: the 7-megapixel front camera supports Portrait Mode, auto image stabilisation and exposure control. To satisfy an increasingly media-hungry world, the device also comes equipped with Dolby Vision and HDR10 for unparalleled video playback, and TrueTone white-balance adjustment. Apple says issues with brightness and colour accuracy go out the window with the iPhone X.
And then there’s the glaring omission from the iPhone X’s long list of features: the home button, which is now replaced with swipes, taps and other gestures. The absence of the home button is likely one big reason why Apple CEO Tim Cook called the iPhone X “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.”
The iPhone X is alleged to cost $1,000 USD. Although it may be available for preorder in some markets as early as Oct. 27 (with deliveries starting Nov. 3), the dates aren't set in stone due to an extended timeline on the facial recognition tech, which is reportedly causing shipping delays.
Still, many Apple diehards and tech reviewers alike say that the iPhone X is worth holding out for—despite the recent release of the still-solid iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.