The successors of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus embody some major advantages, such as the new A11 Bionic chip. But their overall design is not very modified and their wide-screen screen gives the impression of an update in half.
The tone, the short breaks, the brief smiles, the slides of the presentation passed at the pace for some … During the Apple keynote, Phil Schiller almost seemed in a hurry to get rid of the subject iPhone 8.
This is clearly not a good way to arouse interest or impatience, especially when the products in question are going to get their hair done by a more innovative smartphone. Nevertheless, for many reasons, especially the price, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus deserve our attention.
Design in very slight evolution
Place side by side an iPhone 6 / 6s / 7 and an iPhone 8 and you will certainly be hard pressed to distinguish them. The display is of very close quality – even if the TrueTone function, introduced on the iPad Pro, could possibly create a difference. The design is almost identical.
In fact, the new iPhone grows even slightly: 0.1 mm in height, 0.2 in width and thickness. Obviously, we do not see it with the naked eye. This growth spurt is accompanied by a small weight gain, ten grams, compared to the iPhone 7, and five compared to the 6s.
For the rest, no change: the buttons are in the same places, including the Home button / Touch ID. Only the iPhone X is deprived of it.
The grip is therefore identical to the old machines of Apple: extremely pleasant and pleasant. You will not lose your bearings! But do not forget that if the button Touch ID has disappeared from the X, it is to serve us a screen edge to edge. Not here, and it’s a little unfortunate. Especially on the iPhone 8 Plus, on which the borders around the screen always seem as wide and present. They contribute to give it a massive aspect, which, in our opinion, harms a little the visual pleasure.
In fact, aesthetically, the only evolution is on the back. You can say goodbye to the aluminum and bake by the glass. A very specific Corning glass, whose chemical formula has been reviewed by Apple to be more resistant, we were told. Aesthetically, this return to the glass is appreciable – even if the protuberance of the optical module of the camera seems more emphasized.
Innovations strong but discrete
The glass back allows the support of induction recharging, thanks to the standard Qi (pronounced “chi”). This is clearly not a revolution in the world of smartphones, but the possibility of filling the batteries of its iPhone by positing it on a compatible basis, whether purified or in the form of Pikachu, certainly has some appeal. It is especially with Apple’s platform, AirPower, which will be released next year, that we should fully appreciate it.
The Cupertino firm will not slip a wireless charging cradle into the iPhone box, so it’s quite possible that the charging by the Lightning port will still have a good day ahead.
The other novelty discreet in appearance but that should make the difference is the new chip A11 Bionic. The iPhone 8 shares with the X this same processor. Apple does not install bench software in its showrooms. Nevertheless, certain usable applications give an initial indication of the good performance of this chip. The interface and the operating system, iOS 11, are always reactive and fluid and some games in augmented reality give hope that the graphic part will hold greatly the road. We had the opportunity to try a little The Machines, and the result is not only amusing but also impressive from a graphic point of view. It’s crazy to see a world activate and awaken in front of you, on a virgin surface.
As a reminder, this is the first time that Apple designs the entire GPU of its smartphone. Nevertheless, since the advent of Metal, the last generations of iOS and iPad already embarked chips customized by the engineers of Cupertino. The good news is that this power overflow is not supposed to amputate the autonomy of the device thanks to a more efficient energy controller.
The A11 Bionic also has a neural system, which will facilitate the processing of tasks related to the use of artificial intelligence, whether it is Siri operation or automatic photo retouching.
The photo, almost at the level of iPhone X
Even if the conditions were not optimal, we were able to try the camera, now equipped with a new sensor (always 12 Mpixels) larger and reactive. Autofocus always looks as fast and digital noise should be more discreet. Let’s hope, however, that the new color processing will bring a bit more tone to the images and that the dive will be better, banishing the flat areas of colors.
Logically, it is mostly the iPhone 8 Plus that pulls its best. The iPhone 8, which always only opens a rear lens, does not have the right to portrait mode, while his big brother s’ enhances the new Portrait Lighting feature.
Whether activating this option is done at the time of shooting or a posteriori, the effects apply in real time, with rather bluffing results. We may perhaps give a small reservation on the rendering of black and white, which is always perilous.
The iPhone 8 Plus shares this possibility with the iPhone X and it must be recognized that this is a great gift for photo fans. However, it is important to remember to activate the Portrait Lighting mode before triggering the shot. These are the depth of field data attached to each snapshot taken in this mode which then allow the modifications on the fly. Taking a picture and applying studio lighting, or stage lighting (with a black background), in a matter of seconds is really impressive. We never tire.
The iPhone 8 Plus has almost the same arguments as the iPhone X for the photo, if the difference of opening of the telephoto module (f / 2.8 against f / 2.4 for the X) is omitted. At least for the device located on the back cover. At the front, it is not equipped with depth and infrared sensors (which are also used for Face ID operation). And so will not offer Portrait mode for selfies, nor the ability to play with the Animojis by applying your facial expressions.
Ultimately, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are undeniably beautiful iPhone – especially in sidereal gray and silver. Nevertheless, the fact that their design has evolved little could cool more than one. In spite of beautiful attires and many assets, they give a little the impression of being the new generation of iPhone unloved, deprived of an OLED screen edge to edge. Nevertheless, the presence of the A11 Bionic within them is enough to reassure. It is, a priori, really the last cry that one can slip in his pocket from September 22 next.