Here's How The iPhone 8 Is Different From The iPhone 7

by Cate Carrejo
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This year's annual Apple event was one of the most highly anticipated in years due to the release of the new iPhone 8. Although the latest release in the Apple product line isn't actually the brand's premiere model, the iPhone 8 may still be the most popular phone on the market thanks to its tech upgrades. The differences between the iPhone 7 and 8 will definitely make you want to get a new device ASAP.

There are a lot of new features for the iPhone 8, although it looks essentially the same as the iPhone 7. Both 8 and 8 Plus include a six-core processor that can handle more complex tasks and 3D games more smoothly than the 7. According to The New York Times, their cameras are similarly improved with new sensors and more motion sensors "to better support applications made for augmented reality." Priced at $699, the iPhone 8 will cost about $50 more than its previous models.

The 8 offers the next generation of Apple's proprietary processing chip, the A11 Bionic. The phone also comes with a redesigned sound system that will be 25 percent louder than the iPhone 7. Most importantly, the 8 will have wireless charging capabilities, an especially welcome design tweak since the removal of the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. Unfortunately, however, Apple hasn't yet invented its own wireless charging apparatus, and if you want to use the feature, you'll have to spend extra to buy an accessory from either the Apple store or another retailer.

Like the iPhone 7, the 8 and 8 Plus keep its remarkable photographic specs. The 8 features a 12 megapixel camera, while the Plus comes with two lenses for different quality photographs (the dual lenses were featured for the iPhone 7 as well). The display sizes are also remaining untouched, so much like the leap between the iPhone 6 and 7, the new model is basically the guts of a new phone inside the same body as the old version.

The real differences in the product line come with the iPhone X, or iPhone 10 as the company's executives pronounce it. The iPhone 8 was rumored to be the premiere model, but what tech insiders expected to be called the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus turned out to be the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The X offers facial recognition software, an edge to edge screen, and no more home button. It also throws back to the early days of the iPhone with a glass back. The battery power for the device has been upgraded as well — it's expected to last two hours longer than the 7.