Apple iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7s – price and configuration

Here’s a very brief (not comprehensive of all rumors) breakdown/comparison of the most-reliably reported pricing, availability, and specs for Apple’s three new rumored phones.

Would you wait for the iPhone 8 or be satisfied with the 7s or 7s Plus?

iPhone 8

Price: $1,000-plus.

Design: 5.8-inch with edge-to-edge display, glass body, and stainless steel edges with an overall size close to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

Display: organic light-emitting diode (OLED) via Samsung (supplier). Apple’s first non-LCD iPhone. OLEDs have surpassed LCDs in certain key image-quality and performance metrics.

Rear Camera: vertical dual-lens with optical-image stabilization. Possible augmented reality capabilities. Maybe a “SmartCam” function that could detect various kinds of scenes and/or motion and make adjustments automatically, according to software developer Guilherme Rambo. Possible support for 4K video recording at 60 frames per second.

Front Camera / Face ID: front-facing camera expected to have facial recognition with 3D sensing. Face ID could be implemented in lieu of the physical-button-based Touch ID, according to Bloomberg and others.

Face ID captures more data than fingerprint ID so could be more secure for things like Apple Pay. Apple is said to be (or had been) facing challenges trying to embed a fingerprint sensor system into (under) the display.

Processor: Apple’s newest A11 processor.

Charging: wireless charging.

Availability: Limited. Possibly constrained until early 2018.

iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus

Price: $649 and $769 respectively

Design: largely unchanged from current iPhone – 4.7- and 5.5-inch for the 7s and 7s Plus. Possible glass body and stainless steel edges (both specs still iffy).

Display: LCD. Possibly with True Tone tech like the newer iPads.

Rear Camera: horizontal dual-camera system. In short, incremental improvements over iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Touch ID: traditional home button and touch ID.

Processor: Apple’s newest A11 processor.

Charging: wireless charging (possible).

Availability: widely available at launch.

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