Whatever the holiday, it’s predictable, and retail stores tell you what’s coming next, and next after that. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas– all in a row with not much of a break in between. Just as predictable is new iPhone season, but 2017 has a few extra items to celebrate.
By now you’ve read about iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. By now you know it’ll be awhile before you see an iPhone X in the wild, but already iPhone 8 models are hitting the streets, and thanks to iOS 11, there are plenty of features and new functions to talk about.
Yes, it’s the fastest iPhone you can buy but notably faster than Android phones and even MacBook Pro notebooks. Yes, the new iPhone’s cameras are the best ever tested. Apple even promises better battery life in iPhone X. Cases that fit your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus will work on iPhone 8 and 8 Plus but not on iPhone X, of course.
That ripple you felt in the space time continuum came from iPhone X’s screen. It’s larger than the screen in iPhone 8 Plus, but the phone is smaller. Dr. Who would be proud.
Face ID and the micro-bezel and OLED display are getting all the attention, and rightly so. Apple claims Face ID is better than Touch ID. But it only works when you look at it. Notifications and text messages won’t show up on the screen until you look at the screen.
What if you’re reading something on a webpage or in an email message? Don’t you just hate it when the screen turns dark while you’re reading? Face ID knows you’re reading because it can see your face, and when it knows you’re reading it keeps the screen lit awhile longer.
Don’t you just hate it when you’re holding your iPhone in your hand, ready to do something, and an alert notification comes blaring through the speakers? iPhone X’s Face ID knows your nearby and lower the volume of an alarm or the ringer. After all, you’re right there. Who needs all that noise?
Don’t you just hate it when your iPhone bends? I saw a few of those back in the days of iPhone 6 with Bendgate. iPhone 6s and 7 were strong and Bendgate faded away as a thing, but with a sturdier frame and glass that is less prone to bending, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the strongest iPhones to date.
Don’t you just hate it when the Apple logo on the back of your iPhone gets all scratched and scuffed? Alright, that’s not a thing for those of us with iPhone cases, but in iPhone 8 the Apple logo is under the glass on the back so the glass can be scratched but not the logo. Apple is watching out for itself with ever more attention to detail.
Most of what makes up new iPhones can be found in the latest version of iOS, now at iOS 11. iPhone 8? iOS 11? How did that gap get in there?
One of my favorite iOS 11 tips is the option in Control Center to record the iPhone’s screen (like Mac users have been able to do since forever). That means you can record how to do something on the screen and send it as a movie to someone. The emergency SOS is handy and I hope never to have to use it, but Apple also put a QR code scanner into the camera app. Just point the camera at a QR code and the camera knows it’s not your cat and does the scan for you.
Don’t you just hate the wide screen on iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus when you try to type with one hand? Now you can because of the one-handed keyboard in iOS 11.
Think about how the iPhone works compared to most Android-based smartphones which seldom see an operating system upgrade during their use and life cycle. Meanwhile, even the iPhone 5S from years ago got better each year because it could be upgraded to each new version of iOS.
How cool is that?