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Get to know your new iPhone 8—A complete guide

by Brandon Russell | September 22, 2017September 22, 2017 6:00 am PDT

With all the recent iPhone X hype, you may have forgotten about the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, both of which are available starting today. The two devices are very much like the last few releases from Apple, from its general appearance to how it operates. But dig deeper and you’ll find there are some key differences.

If you’re a long time iPhone user, you already know what to expect: a great unity of hardware and software. That’s more or less been the story over the past several years. The iPhone 8 won’t offer a drastically different experience, nor will iOS 11 feel like a game changer. But there are enough subtleties worth mentioning.

If you just purchased an iPhone 8, congratulations. Apple devices attract excitement (and outrage) for a reason, and this guide will help you get acquainted with Apple’s latest flagship.

Wireless charging

For the first time ever, Apple’s iPhone includes wireless charging. That means no wires are required while the iPhone 8 charges. Simply place it on a mat that supports the Qi wireless standard, and your device will be replenished in no time. It’s a much more convenient solution to plugging your device in. The good news is Qi wireless chargers are commonly found in hotels, cafes, and more, which means the next time you stop at Starbucks, you’ll be able to easily charge your device while sipping a latte.

iOS 11

Apple’s new mobile software introduces a number of improvements, to a Do Not Disturb mode while driving to a completely revamped App Store experience. If you’re unfamiliar with iOS, the iPhone 8 is the perfect introduction to Apple’s latest update. We have several guides for getting acquainted with iOS 11, so give those a read. Better yet, take some time to sit down and explore the software for yourself, because there’s no better way to learn what iOS has to offer than using it.

True Tone technology

Like the iPad Pro, the newest iPhone features True Tone technology. The feature basically senses the ambient light around you and dynamically adjusts the display’s white balance. It works in such a way that you text on your screen will look more natural—almost like a printed page—cutting down on eyestrain in the process.

Faster than ever

Apple dubs the iPhone 8’s A11 Bionic chip as the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone. What that means for you is blazing fast performance and improved efficiency. You’ll also get better gaming performance, which should come in handy when using iOS 11’s new augmented reality capabilities. When benchmark scores put the iPhone 8’s A11 Bionic cheap ahead of the MacBook Pro, you know it’s fast.

Live Photos just got better

Apple’s Live Photos feature has been one of the most charming additions to iOS in recent memory. With the arrival of iOS 11, Live Photos is getting even better. With Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure, users have more flexibility to create unique images. Here’s a more in-depth guide on how to best utilize the new Live Photo effects.

Customize Control Center

Control Center has gone through a number of changes over the years and it still isn’t perfect. But iOS 11 brings the biggest changes yet, allowing users to thoroughly customize the experience to their liking. The new look takes a period of adjustment, but once you get acclimated, you’ll wonder why it wasn’t like that to begin with.

Consider a case

The iPhone has featured the same aluminum design since the iPhone 6, and while the iPhone 8 looks almost identical, there’s one key difference: the all-glass design. The glass back allowed Apple to include wireless charging, so there are pros and cons to the new look. Pro because of wireless charging; con because the device is now more fragile than ever.


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...

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