iPhone 8 Underwhelms, While iPhone X Exceeds Expectations

Junior Kayla Ross is unimpressed by the new iPhone 8. Photo: Eden Kerker

Apple unveiled the new glass iPhone 8 on Sept. 12 with hopes to further their dominance of the smartphone market. With a new glass appearance, this smartphone has a 50% deeper strengthening layer and curved corners, making it the most durable iPhone yet. Due to a new ink process, the available colors, “space grey,” silver, and gold, have rich and precise hues. The iPhone 8 also has a color-matched aluminum band providing additional protection along the sides and a beautiful finish. It comes in two sizes, with either a 5.5 inch or 4.7 inch Retina HD display. The screen is also finished with a new olephobic coating, allowing for easy removal of smudges and fingerprints.

The new iPhone is both water and dust resistant and has more dynamic and louder speakers. The speakers introduce a deeper bass, making it 25% louder. The iPhone 8 is available for $699 for the 4.7 inch display and $799 for the 5.5 inch display.

Although Apple consumers anticipated the iPhone 8 for the fall, the iPhone X was a surprise to many. With richer colors, faster performance, longer battery life, and many new additions, it is considered to be the future of the iPhone.

Similar to the iPhone 8, it has a new glass appearance, but the glass for the iPhone X stretches around the whole phone. There will no longer be a home button, but simple simple gentures to mimic the same funcions like you simply swiping up from the bottom. To reveal all your open apps, you swipe up and pause your finger. To reach the new responsive Siri, you hold down the new side button and for Apple Pay, you double-click this side button. To get to the improved Control Center, you swipe down. With iOS 11, you can now also customize your control center to your needs. You can take away functions, add functions and rearrange it to your preference.

Enabled by the True Depth camera, passwords and touch ID are no longer necessary with the new Face ID. It will not only unlock the iPhone X, but will also help with Apple Pay. This adaptive recognition analyzes the face by projecting 30,000 invisible dots to achieve accurate facial mapping. Facial mapping is also useful for the new animated emojis called Animoji. Animoji makes emojis come to life as it analyzes muscles and mirrors expressions. The user actually becomes the emojis.

With the iPhone X, Portrait Mode now expands not only to the rear camera, but for front camera as well. More studio-quality effects will be possible with the new Portrait Lighting. It seems like it will just be a new filter, allowing users to adjust the lighting wherever they are, and to whatever setting they want.

Optical Zoom is now enabled on the iPhone X as well as digital zoom up to 10x for photos and 6x for videos. The new OLED screen is extremely accurate with stunning colors, true blacks, high brightness, and a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio. Also, the True Tone technology uses an advanced light sensor to match the color temperature of the light around you, reducing eye strain.

Wireless charging is an option for the new Apple Products in 2018. The new glass allows easy charging as customers simply lay their compatible iPhone product on new AirPower Mat.  In contrast to the iPhone 8, however, there is a new and improved power efficiency with a custom battery design that lasts up to two hours longer than the iPhone 7. The iPhone X costs $999, and will be released on Nov. 3.