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The New iPhones: Everything You Need to Know

The iPhone 8 (and X) is here!! In case you’re thinking about upgrading your phone, here’s everything you need to know about your options.

The most obvious and noticeable feature of the newest iPhones is the glass back… yep, the insanely fragile iPhone is now EVEN MORE FRAGILE. Let’s just recall the old days of the iPhone 4, which was the last iPhone to have a glass back..

Glass on the back of the iPhone again means people doing this now when they break it #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/oScfH3w2lD

— matilde (@charysaur) September 12, 2017


The iPhone 8 now has glass on the back. Now I can shatter my screen on BOTH sides and stare into my reflection with disappointment twice

— Gabby (@c_gabby14) September 12, 2017

You gotta admit though, it does look pretty sleek.

As for colors, you have three options to choose from. There’s space gray (basically black), silver, and a new gold finish (RIP Rose Gold).

Okay, now for the specs. Wireless charging was FINALLY introduced in the new iPhones unveiled Tuesday!! This is definitely a HUGE step up for Apple, who discussed third party seller options so you can snag one of these wireless chargers for a cheap price.

Surprisingly enough though, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus actually share a lot of the same specs as the 7 and 7 plus. The sizes and dimensions are the same, same 12 MP camera, same Retina HD screen, Touch ID, water and dust resistance, and so on.

A cool, smaller feature of the 8 Plus is the addition of portrait mode lighting. This means your portrait mode pics that look like they were taken by a professional photographer are about to get even better. The five lighting filters are: natural light, studio light, contour light, stage light, and stage light mono.

Just when everyone thought the event was coming to a close, Tim Cook said, “Just one more thing…” and everyone was shook.

And thus the iPhone X (or iPhone 10 in honor of Apple’s 10 year anniversary) was revealed! Though there had been rumors about Apple unveiling this phone model, nobody was sure. Right off the bat, the obvious distinction is the edge-to-edge screen. The camera layout of the X is also different by being vertical instead of horizontal.

As for color options, there’s only silver and space gray so you don’t have much variety there. Another huge contrast between the iPhone X and past models is Face ID, meaning that there’s no home button anymore for Touch ID. Instead, you unlock your phone… with your face.

how’s the iPhone X gonna recognize me with no makeup days vs FULL GLAM days… pic.twitter.com/wPM0xWKcNa

— NikkieTutorials (@NikkieTutorials) September 12, 2017


Beyoncé: *uses iPhone X facial recognition*iPhone X: pic.twitter.com/8ao9moveCd

— brendon skolat (@brendonSkolat) September 12, 2017

The X WILL recognize you on your no makeup days as well as your full glam days, so no worries. The phone more so reads your facial structure, not just details.

Also, because of the Face ID, Apple also unveiled the development of Animoji, which are emojis you can animate with your face.

Besides the edge-to-edge Super Retina HD screen, vertical camera layout, Face ID, and Animoji, there aren’t a whole lot of major differences between the X and the 8/8 Plus. Oh wait, maybe the $1,000 price tag of the X can be a major difference!

Honestly, you won’t notice any dissimilarities between your phone and the new models if you’re going from the 7/7 Plus to the 8/8 Plus. If, as a college student, you can spring it for the $1,000 X, then you’ll definitely see the upgrade. FYI though, the X won’t even be shipped out until November 3, which is a whole month and some change more than the iPhone 8 date.. yikes.

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