Apple has been taking baby steps in upgrading the iPhone since 2014. Tweaked antenna lines, new home button, but overall, the iPhone has stayed relatively the same. That’s the lens you need to examine the iPhone 8 with. It’s an incremental upgrade over the iPhone 7, nothing more.
But even so, there are people who will buy the iPhone 8 and there are major differences they need to know.
With the iPhone 7, Apple refined the design had by better integrating the antenna bands, slapping on a new coat of paint and changing the home button. A year later, seeing the phone in Matte Black or Jet Black is still impressive. The A10 Fusion chip hasn’t degraded in performance at all, delivering a zippy iOS 11 experience. Even the 12MP camera still takes excellent pictures. There’s really nothing to complain about it.
It’s the same story with the iPhone 8, just a little better.
Apple slightly changed the design with a new glass back that eliminates the antenna bands completely and features a new coat of paint. The glass back does make the feel the phone more substantial and adds grip, but the design still looks boring. This time around though, Apple named its new chip the A11 Bionic. Of course it has the power fit for a laptop, but instead it just provides a buttery smooth performance.
The iPhone 8’s camera is still 12MP, but Apple made some software tweaks that improves the performance. If not for the iPhone 8 Plus, it’d be the highest graded camera ever by DxO Labs.
So which one is better? The iPhone 8 is better, but barely. You get the latest and greatest features Apple has to offer, but you also pay a premium. If you opt for the iPhone 7—or currently own one—you save $100 and get nearly the same phone. That is not a bad proposition.
You can’t go wrong with either the iPhone 8 or iPhone 7. There’s an argument to buy either, but you’d just be splitting hairs because they’re essentially the same.