iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Hello friends, I’m writing to you now because you’re all exhausting me with the same question: “Is it really worth upgrading to the iPhone 8?” You’re all asking me because we’re soon going to be offering iPhone 8 repair in Schaumburg and Des Plaines and we see tons of iPhones that come in for repair on a daily basis so here is the scoop.
The iPhone 8 back is made of glass
This is something we haven’t seen from Apple since they released the iPhone 4 (which was one of the best looking iPhone’s if you ask me). A lot of the design focus with Apple comes down to symmetry and frankly I don’t understand using a glass back because it shatters and we found ourselves replacing these glass backs on the iPhone 4 all of the time. Believe me when I say that I’d love to replace your back glass and get paid for it but my personal recommendation if you don’t want to see me ever couple weeks is to get a custom case for your iPhone 8. You can buy them in our store or at any major retailer that carries the iPhone 8 and you can also order online. I recommend you get a shock proof case like Otterbox because it will prevent a lot of drama in your life. To be fair, the makers of Gorilla glass are making the glass material for the iPhone 8 and every year they seem to be coming up with strong designs. Even so, iPhone cracked glass replacement is our number one repair for iPhones across the spectrum. We order like 30-40 replacement screens every week.
If you’re like me, you have had a chance to try out every color of the iPhone and black or gold tend to be the best looking colors. The iPhone 8 is releasing a new gold colored iPhone that looks very sleek and appealing but has a soft shine that looks like butter scotch as opposed to what you might find with a nice watch on your wrist. I think the term I’ve heard most used around the internet is a “caramel” look. That said the phone does change colors slightly depending on the lighting which makes it shiny and oh so cool. If you have a case over it though, nobody will see it anyways.
A11 Bionic Processor
If you’re not in the loop on the iPhone 8 upgrade speed and performance, then you’re really missing out. The A11 processor is seriously powerful and it’s a 6-core unit that’s more powerful than Macbooks from 2008-2010 when you first started getting into Apple products and Steve Jobs was alive. The cool thing about the processor is that it has a built in performance controller that allows it to use all 6 cores simultaneously which makes it freakishly powerful, and I really mean that. By the way, it’s miles ahead of the Galaxy Note 8 an the Galaxy S8+ phones which say they have amazing processors. They’re not lying, but the new A11 processor completely waxes them. If you’re a silly goose and you need to see numbers, feast your eyes on this:
Built-in Apple Designed GPU
GPU stands for Graphics processing unit for those who don’t know.It’s primarily used for rendering images and videos, specifically where 3-D is concerned. In a nutshell, it’s a single-chip processor that creates lighting effects and transforms objects every time a 3D scene is redrawn. The work involved is super complicated from a mathematics and algebra standpoint but this is a technology that we all enjoy when we’re watching Netflix or playing video games. GPU’s are basically essential these days for anything that’s related to video imaging otherwise your CPU (central processor) has to do all the rendering work. If you relied on your CPU your machines would overheat, your graphics would be poor quality, your batteries would run out quickly, and you would basically not your life. Apple knows this and so they’ve ditched the London based company called “Imagination” which you can read about here and they’ve developed their own GPU to launch with the iPhone 8. So far reports are calling it a massive success. The main reason it’s so successful is that iOS 11 is design in such a way that it almost directly takes advantage of the GPU power. This is kind of the moment in history when motorcycles switched from carburetors to direct injectors, only for iPhone concerning image rendering.
Louder Built-in Speakers
Apple says their new iPhone 8 stereo speakers are also 25% louder and deliver deeper bass. You still can’t use the iPhone 8 to throw rave parties in your basement, but you’re a few steps closer. See: strobe light app for iPhone
True Tone Display
Remember Night Shift on the last iOS? It was a feature that deletes the blue lighting that comes from the pixels on your smartphone screen because those blue lights actually screw up your brain and prevent you from sleeping. Business Insider did an article about this confirming that blue light from smartphone screens also destroys your retina and messes around with your brains production of melatonin. Apple is a good company that cares, so they came up with Night Shift to help your poor brains at night. Now with True Tone Display, night shift actually works fully the way it’s supposed to and it also adjusts the colors on your screen to react to the ambient lighting in the room. So if you’re pumping tunes off your iPhone 8 at a basement rave party, at least you won’t fully damage your eyesight and melatonin production due to bright blue pixels on the screen.
Reduced Shutter Lag
This is probably something that many people haven’t paid much attention to in the past because the iPhone 7 was legitimately good for taking photos. However, photos taken during low lighting were often subject to lots of distortion and also delays with the shutter snap which caused additional blurriness in the photos and poor picture quality. If the shutter takes a long time to snap while it’s in your hands, the micromovements you make while holding it will cause pixels to basically blend together and smudge your duck-face bathroom selfie.
4K and 60 frames per second.
Some of the other “cool features” seem more like cool non-sense sometimes but they are legitimate improvements and demonstrate awesome miniaturization of technology. Most of you probably won’t care however until you read what’s next. The iPhone screens for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus now have 4k displays which means jaw dropping, slow motion recording and play-back while keeping UHD 4k resolution. 60 Frames per second basically looks more like-life because it refreshes 60 frames at second. If you’re reading this article right now from a phone or laptop that has a 60 fps screen you can check the video below to get an idea of what I’m talking about. It’s a massive step-up from traditional monitors that don’t have support for 60fps. Included with the enhance slow motion capture, you’ll be able to scale up to 240 fps on you new iPhone 8 which is double the frame rate of slow motion on the iPhone 7.
For the first time ever, Apple is joining the wireless charging club. Some newer cars have this technology built in and the iPhone 8 will be fully compatible with it. This is one of the reasons that Apple has returned to using glass backs on their iPhones but Apple will not ship with a wireless charging pad to help you out with your wireless charging aspirations. But Apple is a good company that cares and so they’ve recommended two wireless charging bases for the iPhone 8: Belkin’s Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad $59.99 , and Mophie’s Wireless Charging Base (not available yet).
Straight out of the box, Apple is going to give you their standard 5-watt charging block for both versions of the new iPhone 8. You may find yourself dissatisfied with the charging capabilities of this device but if fast charging is important to you, you can use Apple’s 12-watt iPad charging block which cut charging time from 0%-100% by almost half. The company also makes a 29-watt adapter that’s used for Macbooks which you can also use with the iPhone 8 and it’s fully supported. You could charge up your phone from 0 to full in about 14-15 minutes with the high-end Macbook charger and a normal lightning cable (beware cheap knock-offs). As a side-note, if you do need chargers and cables, both of our smartphone repair stores in Schaumburg and Des Plaines carry all original types of charges for everything described above.
Things we don’t like about the iPhone 8.
At the top of the list of things we don’t like about the iPhone 8, is the 5-watt charging block they give you. It’s a tiny little thing that’s fairly reliable but leaves a lot to be desired in terms of how long your iPhone has to sit on the charger to get a full charge. One of the main things my customers complain about when it comes to iPhones is the fact that their iPhones don’t last even a full day on a single charge and have to be recharged constantly throughout the day. Most users notice that after 6 months, their battery capacity also becomes “poor” compared to what it was when they first started using the phone. Not to veer off on a tangent, but there is a LOT that you can do in order to maximize the battery efficiency of your phone. We wrote an article with lots of tips about maximizing the iPhone battery.
Another thing we don’t like about the iPhone 8 is that wireless charging is slow. It’s really slow. Apple says that they’re going to release an update down the line that would allow the iPhone 8 to get 7.5-watt charging for wireless phones which isn’t exactly high-speed but it’s about 7%-8% faster than charging it on the 5-watt charging block that you’ll get with the iPhone 8 out of the box. Sadly, without that technology released yet, you’ll be lucky to charge up to 11% battery life within 15 minutes on the Belkin wireless charger we named above.
The last main grief that we have about the iPhone 8 is that Apple is about to release an iPhone X this year. This is kind of like how Apple released their last generation of iPads, immediately followed by the release of an iPad PRO which has way more power and much larger screen. This is a very big deal when it comes to iPhone’s because they are by far Apple’s most popular product. Users and fanboys alike literally die in anticipation of more powerful Apple iPhones entering the market. Securities expert Ming Kuo said a few weeks ago that Apple is producing iPhone 8 at a rate of about 10,000 units a day and insisted that the demand for these phones is so high that you’ll still find them hard to get even by Christmas time. That means As of the time this article is being written, Christmas is 90 days away. If you assume that they’re going to make 900,000 phones by Christmas for a market of about 120 million users (about half of the population of United States), the iPhone 8 is going to be extremely in demand, even before they start production and shipments of the iPhone X. So just imagine what a riot the iPhone X is going to cause when it enters the market and people realize they won’t be able to get one until like Summer of next year due to laggish production. Why is the iPhone X such a big deal? We’re soon going to write a detailed article once we have the full scoop on this phone with all the juicy details. But for now, check out the video below to see the iPhone X hands on. It’s a little, it’s way more powerful, and it can read your FACE to open up the phone instead of your thumbprint.
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