Positive reviews for Apple’s iPhone 8/Plus and iOS 11 bode well for the iPhone X

“It’s safe to say that fewer iPhone owners were holding their breath for the first batch of iPhone 8 reviews, which came out on Tuesday, than they were for the first iPhone 7 or even 6S reviews,” Eric Jhonsa writes for TheStreet. “With all eyes on the $999 iPhone X — polls have shown a 3-to-1 or even 4-to-1 edge in purchase intent for the X compared to the $699 iPhone 8 and $799 8-Plus — its cheaper siblings are being treated by many as an afterthought.”

“But with several of the improvements delivered by the iPhone 8 and 8-Plus relative to the 7 and 7-Plus also relevant to the X, which won’t see pre-orders start until Oct. 27, there’s still much of value to be gleaned from iPhone 8 reviews,” Jhonsa writes. “Likewise, the first formal reviews of iOS 11 — which rolled out to iPhone and iPad users today — are quite relevant to both the iPhone X and the iPad Pros that Apple Inc. launched in June.”

“Like the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and 8-Plus ship with Apple’s new A11 Bionic system-on-a-chip (SoC), wireless charging support and displays that (like recent iPad Pros) support Apple’s True Tone technology, which automatically adjusts a display’s color temperature in response to an environment’s lighting. And though the dual-camera setup on the iPhone 8-Plus is slightly inferior to the X’s — the X supports optical image stabilization (OIS) for both lenses rather than just one, and has a slightly larger aperture for its telephoto lens — both deliver major improvements compared with the iPhone 7-Plus’ camera with the help of better sensors and image-processing,” Jhonsa writes. “Reviewers generally gave a thumbs-up to these improvements, even if many argued that consumers who can afford to buy it should wait for the iPhone X.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Poor iPhone 8 Plus. You’ll be the best smartphone on the planet for all of 42 days.

Wired reviews Apple’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Virtually perfect phones – and yet already obsolete – September 19, 2017
Associated Press reviews iPhone 8/Plus: Like flying in coach versus first class iPhone X – September 19, 2017
USA Today’s Baig reviews iPhone 8/Plus: Excellent iPhones overshadowed by iPhone X – September 19, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip is by far the highest-performing system on the market; totally destroys Android phones – September 19, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip in iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X leaves Android phones choking in the dust – September 18, 2017
The inside story of Apple’s amazing A11 Bionic chip – September 18, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei – September 18, 2017
Apple accelerates mobile processor dominance with A11 Bionic; benchmarks faster than 13-inch MacBook Pro – September 15, 2017
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip in iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus on par with 2017 MacBook Pro – September 14, 2017


  1. I was, in fact, holding my breath for the new batch of iPhone 8/8 Plus to arrive. iPhone 8 Plus has the same top spec internals of the iPhone X for $300 less. What’s not to like about that? Pre-ordered one for myself and the missus on Friday. Now I’ll just wait patiently for the second gen iPhone X with a 6.4″ display.

  2. Sure that these are the best phones on the planet, but I’m thankful that Apple has removed the headphone port and made them all instantly unattractive to me. I guess I’ll have to wait for the iPhone SE update ultimately to get the newer chips, for now it’s the 6s forever. Usually I’d feel the need to upgrade but they’ve found a way to remove that feeling. Same with the MacBook Pro and removing all the ports. Makes it an easy decision to wait.

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