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Apple iPhone 8 Plus, is it worth the upgrade?

Who doesn’t desire an Apple product? The Cupertino giant is probably the only company to make headlines during their product launches. Rumours for their newest products start flooding in months before they are actually launched. People can’t help but speculate what new innovations their newest product is set forth to introduce.

Apple has been at the forefront of technological innovation for devices for a long time now. From changing the way that people perceive the smartphone today to changing the way that we listen and stream music, Apple has quite literally set the benchmark for the industry with their innovations.
Every year Apple launches a new smartphone and their policy of upgrades dictate that every year there is a brand new device (E.g. iPhone 7) and they refresh it with another one carrying the letter ‘S’ (E.g. iPhone 7S) which carries forward subtle refinements over the model of the previous year before we get the next model in the line-up which is always a brand new device like the iPhone 8 Plus, which apparently is what we are going to discuss about in detail below.

Design and Display

The design of the previous year’s iPhone 7 was just classic Apple. If you’re an avid follower of Apple, then you’ll know that Apple generally likes to keep their design philosophy relevant for at least a few years. Which means that the design doesn’t really get changed or altered too much every year, and it’s okay actually.  Having something that works flawlessly out of the box is better than something that you’ll have to practice to get used to.

Now although the final design is yet to be revealed, you can safely expect Apple to carry forward their iPhone 7S design with minor changes, unless Apple decide to play it risky. And to be entirely honest, I’m perfectly comfortable with the previous year’s design with its unibody metal construction and industrial grade, almost impeccable finish. Expect the Apple iPhone 8Plus, to be much of the same and it’ll also carry forward the colours Black, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold as well.

As for the display, it’ll sport a 5.8 inch (14.73 cm) 1080p OLED panel display, which is one of the best displays in the market in terms of colour accuracy. Although the competition now sports displays with higher resolution like 2K and 4K, the gains are minimal as the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels above 330ppi. So, any more than that is a waste of resources and processing power. But the fact of the matter is that Apple does charge a hefty amount for its devices, and you get less for your money than the competing Samsung flagship, so choosing between them is something the user has to account for as both have their pros and cons.

Performance

The iPhone 8 Plus will ship with Apple’s latest Apple A11 chip which is a quad core 64 Bit CPU. It is one of the fastest mobile processors in the market, designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad. It is a very fast and efficient processor that does the job impeccably and is also very energy efficient. The OS of the phone is actually designed to take full advantage of the CPU architecture and as a result the system level optimisations are better than what android offers.

The iPhone 8 will also feature a generous 4 GB of RAM which coupled with the system optimisations will make multitasking a breeze.

Software

The iPhone 8 Plus is likely to ship with iOS v10 which is the latest offering from Apple. Talks of Apple’s iOS 11 are also in the mill so the phone might ship with that as well but we can’t be certain about it. Generally Apple makes the effort to launch their newest devices with the most recent version of their OS which is likely to utilise the full potential of the better and therefore the speculation.

The iOS 10 comes with an array of nifty features such as Siri voice assistant, controls for operating the device without unlocking the phone, updated design, 3D touch, checking notifications from lock screen and much more. The UI is beautiful, easy and uncluttered and doesn’t require a lot of learning curve to get used to.

Camera and Storage

It’s safe to assume that Apple has one of the best mobile shooter in the market. It will come with Dual12 MP + 12 MP Primary Cameras coupled with a BSI back Illuminated sensor, capable of taking decent images in challenging lighting conditions.

The Primary camera will have features such as Digital Zoom, Face detection, continuous shooting, Auto Flash, Touch to focus, ISO control,Exposure Compensation, High Dynamic Range (HDR) Simultaneous image and HD video recording, and Burst modes. Also, it’ll feature a Quad tone flash. It’ll also support video recording at 1280x720 @ 240 fps, 1920x1080 @ 120 fps, and 3840x2160 @ 30 fps. The 720p mode is particularly great for taking slow motion videos.

Coming to the front, the iPhone 8 will feature a 7MP front camera with f2.2 aperture for taking selfies. It’ll also support 1080p video recording @ 30fps.

Storage wise it is speculated to have around 32 to 256 Gigabytes of storage depending on the model.

Battery and Connectivity

Battery has always been a strong suit for the iPhone and the iPhone 8 wouldn’t disappoint in this area. It has 2900mAh battery with support for quick charging and wireless charging. Apple’s system optimisation makes the most efficient use of the battery, allowing for a day or juice with relative ease.
Connectivity wise, it supports all the major wireless 2G, 3G and 4G bands that are supported by all the telecom service providers in the country. It’ll also have GPS with A-GPS and Glonass and come with Bluetooth v4.2.

The Verdict:

The Apple iPhone 8 Plusdefinitely has some impressive specs on paper and Apple might surprise us with something new with this launch. Apple iPhone 8 Plus price in India is expected to be around Rs. 78,990 which is keeping in line with its past releases. So will be worth the upgrade? That depends on how much you want the latest iPhone.

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