On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped the iconic phrase so often associated with the late CEO Steve Jobs: Cook dropped the company's "one more thing" — and it's the revolutionary iPhone X. In addition to the iPhone X, Apple also introduced the next product in the iPhone line, the iPhone 8. So what are the differences between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8? Besides the massive price point difference between the two, the differences are pretty incredible in what they offer for iPhone users.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are natural extensions of the iPhone product line that we've come to know over the last 10 years. They're similar in both shape, size, and design as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but offer a number of upgrades to both hardware and software.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the iPhone 8 and iPhone X is the screen. The iPhone X features an edge-to-edge glass OLED display and completely does away with the Home button. It's a pretty big shift in terms of the design and aesthetic that iPhone users and fans have come to appreciate over the years, but it's definitely indicative of the design evolution that's been happening to smartphones over the last few years.
Here are some other major differences: iPhone photographers are definitely going to want to drop the $999 on the iPhone X, if only for its ridiculously powerful built in dual camera. The iPhone 8 does not have a dual camera, while the iPhone 8 Plus does, just like the iPhone X. That's always been the difference with the Plus models is the integration of a dual camera system. In this case, the iPhone X has optical image stabilization in both lenses, while the iPhone 8 Plus only has OIS in its wide-angle lens.
The iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus will also feature "Portrait Mode," which the iPhone 8 will not have. Portrait Mode uses the iPhone's powerful AI to create dramatic lighting effects that are normally achieved in studio settings, but is done on the iPhone with just the touch of a button. It's pretty ridiculous just how incredible the facial recognition technology is on the iPhone X that it allows users to be able to make such drastic manipulations to lighting without doing anything than just swiping through a few settings. Oh, and about the whole "facial recognition" feature...
Face ID is kind of insane. It's facial recognition software that's only available on the iPhone X, which means you can unlock your phone just by looking at it. You can make payments with Apple Pay just by looking at it. This is a MAJOR game changer in the realm of personal smartphone security and technology. Face ID is not available on the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, but you can be it's going to become an essential feature in future models of the product line.
In addition to slight differences in size of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, the display sizes are also slightly different. The iPhone 8 will have the smallest display size, with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display. The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display while the iPhone X has the biggest and highest definition display of the pack, with a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display. Oooooh, fancy.
Of course for me, I think one of the most obvious differences between the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X are the colors. Only the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available in Apple's new interpretation of "gold," which looked an awful lot like pink during their event on Tuesday. The iPhone X will only be available in silver and space gray. Womp womp.
There's definitely a lot for iPhone fans to unpack as they decide on which of the new iPhones to spend their money. Going from the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus to the iPhone X is a pretty big jump in price — but if the iPhone X specs and features can live up to the hype, it'll definitely be worth it.