iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus now available worldwide

by Brandon Russell | September 22, 2017September 22, 2017 7:00 am PDT

After spending a week amassing preorders, Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are officially available in-store and at carrier locations across the globe. The devices arrive following Apple’s big event on September 12, which saw the company introduce a slew of new products, including the highly anticipated iPhone X.

Neither the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus are Apple’s “premiere” smartphones this year. On a cursory glance, they don’t appear much different from what Apple introduced in 2016—devices, incidentally, that sold like gangbusters during the busy holiday period. But the newest releases feature a few notable upgrades that make them worth consideration.

Apple’s new phones both feature powerful guts, upgraded camera technology, and support for wireless charging, the latter of which has been a long time coming. For longtime iPhone owners, that feature alone is enough to make Apple’s smartphone feel completely new.

Although, if you ask around, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus aren’t getting much love from Apple fans—not with the iPhone X looming. And it makes sense, especially from the perspective of diehard tech enthusiasts. While the technology inside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is exciting, their design pales in comparison to the iPhone X, and that makes a huge difference.

Of course, the iPhone 8 and iPhone Plus are relatively affordable compared to the iPhone X. Either way, early reviews of both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been largely positive, so you’re getting a good device no matter which new iPhone you go with.

If you do pickup an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, be sure to read our guide, which will help you get acquainted with Apple’s newest flagships.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...