If you are debating about buying the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 8 Plus but have some questions about the device, then we have you covered. Our comprehensive FAQ below will provide you with all the details and clear all your doubts surrounding the handsets.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus go on pre-order in the US, the UK, and other countries from September 15 and hit the retail stores a week later on September 22.
Q) What are the full specifications of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?
A) The full specs of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus can be found below.
- Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm
- Weight: 148g
- Display: 4.7-inch wide color LED-backlit IPS LCD with 3D Touch, 1334 x 750, 326 ppi
- RAM: 2GB
- Rear camera: 12MP iSight camera, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, 4K video recording
- Front camera: 7MP FaceTime HD
- Battery: Same as iPhone 7
iPhone 8 Plus:
- Dimensions: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
- Weight: 202g
- Display: 5.5-inch wide color LED-backlit IPS LCD with 3D Touch, 1080 x 1920, 401 ppi
- RAM: 3GB
- Rear camera: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, Wide-angle: f/1.8 aperture, Telephoto: f/2.8 aperture, 2x optical zoom, OIS
- Front camera: 7MP FaceTime HD
- Battery: Same as iPhone 7 Plus
- IP67 certification
- Sensors: Second generation Touch ID sensor, 3-axis Gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
- Connectivity: LTE-A, nanoSIM slot, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 5, VoLTE, Wi-Fi Calling, Lightning
- Colors: Silver, Space Gray, Gold
- Storage: 64GB and 256GB
You can find the detailed specifications of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus here.
Q) What kind of SIM card slot does the phone have? Does the iPhone 8 feature dual-SIM functionality?
A) The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus features a nano SIM card slot. They do not come with dual-SIM functionality.
Q) Has Apple improved the Retina HD display on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?
A) Yes, Apple has improved the Retina HD display on the new iPhones by adding its True Tone technology to them. The display will automatically analyze the ambient lighting condition and change the display color temperature to improve readability. The feature was first seen on the iPad Pro.
Q) iPhone 8 or the iPhone X?
A) The iPhone X is significantly better than the iPhone 8 in a few areas including the camera. The bezel-less OLED display of the iPhone 8 is the highlight of the handset and makes the iPhone 8 look very boring from the front. The OLED display on the iPhone X is not only bigger but it also has a higher resolution, features HDR and Dolby Vision support, and has better contrast ratio. The handset also comes with Face ID and Animoji — two features which are exclusive to the device.
Q) Do the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature Face ID?
A) No, sadly they don’t. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus don’t support Face ID. They continue to offer Touch ID as the only form of biometric verification.
Q) What colors are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus available in?
A) Apple is offering the new iPhones in Silver, Space Gray, and a new Gold finish.
Q) What does the IP67 certification of the iPhone 8 means?
A) The IP67 certification on the new iPhones makes them dust and water-resistant for up to 30 mins in 1m depth of fresh water. The iPhone 7 also had an IP67 certification.
Q) If my iPhone 8 ends up getting damaged by water, will it still be covered under warranty?
A) Despite the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus featuring with an IP67 certification, the handsets are not covered by Apple for warranty repairs for any kind of water damage.
Q) Does Apple use Gorilla Glass at the front and back of the iPhone 8?
A) No, Apple does not make use of Gorilla Glass at the front and rear of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. However, the glass used by the company has been reinforced further and the Cupertino company claims it is the most durable glass ever used in a smartphone.
Q) What is the difference between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?
A) The iPhone 8 Plus has a bigger display (5.5-inch) than the iPhone 8 (4.7-inch). The bigger display also makes the iPhone 8 Plus bigger and heavier than the iPhone 8. It also comes with a bigger battery compared to the iPhone 7. This allows the iPhone 8 Plus to offer significantly better battery life than its smaller sibling.
Perhaps the key difference between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 8, is that the former features a dual-camera setup at its rear with 2x optical zoom. support In comparison, the iPhone 7 only features a single 12MP f/1.8 shooter at its rear with 5x digital zoom.
Q) Do both iPhones support Qi wireless charging?
A) Yes, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus both support Qi wireless charging.
Q) Can one use third-party Qi wireless chargers with the iPhone 8?
A) Yes. Apple has implemented the open Qi wireless charging standard as is so you can wirelessly charge your iPhone 8 with any of the existing Qi wireless chargers. Apple has also worked with many accessory manufacturers on creating some Qi wireless chargers for the iPhone 8.
Q) Do the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus continue to feature a touch based home button?
A) Yes, as first seen on the iPhone 7 last year, the new iPhones this year continue to feature a capacitive home button.
Q) How many fingerprints can one register on the iPhone 8?
Q) Is Portrait mode still only limited to the iPhone 8 Plus?
A) Yes, the Portrait mode feature continues to be available only on the iPhone 8 Plus. Apple has further improved the feature this year with the addition of Portrait Lighting which is also not available on the iPhone 8.
Q) What is this Portrait Lighting feature?
A) Building on the Portrait mode feature, the Portrait Lighting feature allows iPhone 8 Plus owners to tweak the lighting effect of a portrait photo before or after taking it. They are not just filters as the feature analyses the scene and the lighting effect will vary depending on the ambient lighting conditions. However, the Portrait Lighting feature is available only for the rear facing camera. It is not available for front-facing camera, so you can’t use it for selfies like the iPhone X.
Q) Can I always use the optical zoom feature on the iPhone 8 Plus?
A) No. Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the secondary telephoto lens on the iPhone 8 Plus cannot be used while taking photos in low-light or when taking macro shots with a distance of less than 40cm between the subject.
Q) Has Apple reintroduced the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 8?
A) No, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus doesn’t have a headphone jack, and you should probably stop hoping for it.
Q) Are photos taken from the telephoto lens of the same quality as the primary 12MP shooter?
A) No, the photos taken from the secondary f/2.8 12MP telephoto lens of the iPhone 8 Plus is not of the same quality as the primary 12MP shooter. This is due to the difference in their aperture and the lack of OIS on the latter. However, for the functionality that it provides, the telephoto lens is able to take more than decent pictures.
Q) Has Apple improved the 12MP telephoto lens on the iPhone 8 Plus?
A) While the secondary 12MP sensor on the iPhone 8 Plus continues to lack OIS and features the same f/2.8 aperture, Apple is using a new sensor with deeper pixels which should bring about some improvement in image quality.
Q) Does the iPhone 8 support LTE and VoLTe networks?
A) Yes, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus support LTE-A with download speeds of up to 450Mbps. They also support VoLTE.
Q) Do the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus support Reliance Jio network in India, including voice calling?
A) Yes, the new iPhones are fully compatible with Reliance Jio network, including support for its VoLTE network.
Q) Do the new iPhones support any kind of fast charging technology?
A) Yes! Apple has finally gotten around to adding fast charging technology on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Both phones can be fast charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Q) What storage variants is Apple offering the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in?
A) Apple is offering the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in only two storage capacities this year, 64GB and 256GB storage models.
Q) Can you uninstall or disable pre-installed iOS apps on the new iPhones?
A) Yes, you can uninstall most of the pre-installed apps on iOS 11 on the new iPhones. Apple had first debuted this feature with iOS 10 in 2016. However, uninstalling a system app will not free up space on the internal storage of the handset.
Q) What contents do you get inside the retail box of the iPhone 8?
A) You get the phone, charger, a USB-A-to-Lightning cable, SIM ejector tool, EarPods with Lightning port, and some regulatory papers.
Q) When do the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus go on sale?
A) The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus pre-orders go live in the US and other key markets on September 15, with the handsets hitting the retail stores on September 22. You can find more details about the iPhone 8’s availability over here.
Q) How much does iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cost?
A) Apple has raised the prices of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus by 450 this time around, probably because the base storage has increased from 32GB to 64GB. The 64GB iPhone 8 is available for $699 and 256GB iPhone 8 is available for $849 in the US, and the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus is available for $799 and the 256GB iPhone 8 Plus is available for $949.
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