We’re getting closer and closer to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7S Plus launch – expected in September. Let’s not forget the other great devices expected this fall including the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, LG V30, and the Nokia 8. Some of you may have already booked the last half of September off work to stand in line at the Apple Store while some of you may not be sure how (or if) you want to spend you money this fall.
Luckily, Danny Winget has come out with a great video that pits the iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7S Plus. He compares two prototypes based on leaks and renders to show off the differences and similarities between the upcoming devices. Check it out below:
It’s one thing to see leaked photos and renders of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7S but it’s an entirely different thing to see two prototypes in a video sitting side by side. Danny does a great job at looking at some of the finer details you don’t get to see very well in a lot of these still images we have seen over the past few weeks.
I found one of the most interesting features to be the glass back on each device. If wireless charging was going to be a deciding factor between the iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7S Plus then you may be excited to know that it looks like both devices could have the new feature. Of course, it’s entirely possible that the iPhone 7S Plus won’t have wireless charging and the glass back side is just there in order to simplify the manufacturing process and maintain a somewhat consistent image across the entire iPhone lineup.
Sticking with the back side of the device; you can see the different alignment for the dual camera sensors. The iPhone 8 has a vertically aligned dual camera sensor while the 7S Plus has a similar horizontally aligned camera sensor as we saw in the iPhone 7 Plus. We know that Apple is making a major push into the augmented reality space. Tim Cook has mentioned AR quite a bit recently and there’s even an ARKit in iOS 11. The vertically aligned dual camera sensor will allow the iPhone 8 to work best in a landscape mode which is ideal for AR applications. I’m very curious to see if there’s any advantage to leaving the camera sensors the way they are on the iPhone 7S Plus. For example, perhaps when we get a chance to do an iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7S Plus camera comparison we will find the iPhone 8 is best-suited for AR while the iPhone 7S Plus has its own strengths like portraits. Maybe Apple will explain some of the differences when they officially announce the two devices but I bet we will have to wait for some reviewers to get their hands onto the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7S Plus and do a direct camera comparison in the real world.
The size difference when comparing the iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7S Plus is also very eye-opening. It goes to show how much bigger those larger bezels make the device. The iPhone 8 looks smaller overall but it clearly has more usable screen real estate. Some people might think it’s crazy to release the “old-looking” iPhone 7S Plus alongside the futuristic iPhone 8, but as Danny points out in his video, there is likely to be a few people who want the classic navigation options and appearance of the iPhone 7S Plus over the iPhone 8 which is a drastic change from the usual iPhone design.
Being that these were both prototype devices, this iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7S Plus video didn’t give us a chance to see either device powered on in order to compare appearance. Since the iPhone 8 will have an OLED display and the iPhone 7S Plus will have an LCD display we can safely assume that the iPhone 8 will offer a much more vibrant viewing experience. What we all want to know is how Apple will handle navigation on the iPhone 8 without the home button. Will there be a small, soft-touch button at the bottom of the display like in Android devices or will be see some other solution? How Apple handles that could be a factor, admittedly a minor one, when people choose their new device this fall.
Price and availability could be the ultimate decider when it comes to the great iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7S Plus debate. The iPhone 8 is going to be a pricey item at $1,100 or more. And, even if you have the cash in hand, you might not be able to get your hands on one. With the OLED display holding up manufacturing, there may only be 2 to 4 million iPhone 8 units available at launch. In contrast, the iPhone 7S Plus will be much more widely available and less expensive. While everyone may be dreaming of holding an iPhone 8 in their hand this fall, the iPhone 7S Plus will be much more easy to actually buy. And, depending on the features, there may not be a lot of major differences aside from design between the two devices.
We shouldn’t have to wait much longer to find out what Apple has in store. The two devices should be revealed sometime in early-September and released shortly thereafter. What do you think… Does this video change your opinion of the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 7S Plus?