Earlier today, Apple took to the Steve Jobs Theater to announce their latest slew of products that are about to have most of the world fucking up some commas at their nearest Apple
store Town Square. At first, heads were excited to hear about Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 8, which starts at $699 ($799 for the 8 Plus). Sadly, once the talk of new cameras and Augmented Reality were done, Tim Cook announced the $999 iPhone X, which ditched the Home button, added Face ID, and has a high-power camera (as well as a bigger battery).
At that point, it was quiet for the iPhone 8. If you were watching on the event on your Twitter timelines, you would've noticed that heads were quick to perfectly describe how this went down.
iphone X to the iphone 8 pic.twitter.com/B9XvDuA20M— Christian (@chrisitbetter) September 12, 2017
Resisting the urge to make the best dad joke of the day, one has to ask: is the iPhone 8 really the T-800 to the iPhone X's T-1000? And, more importantly, is the iPhone X really worth the extra three bills?
First, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are virtually identical. They both are made of glass with an aluminum accents, and are water and dust-resistant. The 8 Plus is bigger, boasting a 5.5" size compared to the 8's 4.7" size. That allows for a resolution of 1080 x 1920 versus the 8's 750 x 1335, which is a dope bump up (especially if you dig watching videos on your phone). Both the 8 and the 8 Plus have 12 megapixel cameras with Quad LED flash, although the 8 Plus has a F1.8 aperture. The 8 Plus also has a dual camera function, which the 8 doesn't contain. When it comes to the processor, they are identical, although the 8 Plus is running at 64-bit; it also has 3GB of RAM compared to the 8's 2GB. Other than that? The 8 and the 8 Plus are practically the same.
Enter the iPhone X, which is being touted as "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone." That isn't a lie; gone is the Home button, which allows for more screen space (and the ability to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to return Home, across all apps). The iPhone X is bigger than both the 8 and the 8 Plus, clocking in at 5.8" in size, with a resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels. It's an OLED screen, with an 80.94 percent screen-to-body ratio, which is madness when you think about it. The camera is identical to the 8 Plus (including the F1.8 aperture), but the front-facing camera clocks in at 7 megapixels. It's processor is similar (although it's running at 2500 MHz), and also comes in at 3GB of RAM. It also boasts Face ID, which replaces Touch ID, which means that the phone will be constantly scanning your face so that all you need to do to unlock your phone is to look at the screen. In-sane.
So, on paper, the iPhone X ups the game in terms of size and ability (and the new wireless charging capabilities), but for those of you who are trying to cop one of these, you might not find that much of a difference between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X, especially when it comes to the power underneath the hood. It might just come down to one thing: you trying to be on the true cutting edge of smartphone technology (the iPhone X), or do you just want to upgrade your life while not dealing with cords to charge (the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus)? The $200-$300 price difference probably isn't enough to make many jump fully on board to an iPhone X, no matter how sexy that screen is.
More importantly is this fact: none of these new iPhones appear to have an aux cord!