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iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: Should you upgrade?

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iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: Should you upgrade?

If you were expecting Apple to replace the iPhone 7 with the iPhone 7S, then think again. At a special event in Cupertino, Apple  unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the successors to last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Should you be getting your wallet ready to upgrade? Let’s take a look at what Apple has added this year.

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iPhone 8 iPhone 7
Screen 4.7-inch LCD 4.7-inch LCD
Display 1334×750 (326ppi)
1334×750 (326ppi)
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9
Rear camera 12MP, f/1.8, OIS 12MP, f/1.8, OIS
Front camera 7MP, f/2.2 7MP, f/2.2
Chipset Apple A11 Bionic
Apple A10 Fusion
RAM Not stated 2GB
Storage 64/256GB
32GB/128GB/256GB
Battery Not stated 1960 mAh
Waterproof? IP67 IP67
Fingerprint scanner? Yes Yes
Face/Iris scanner? No No
Headphone jack? No No
Data port Lightning Lightning
Wireless charging? Qi No
MicroSD slot? No No
Dimensions 67.3×138.4×7.3mm
67.3×138.4×7.3mm
Weight 148g 138g

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 Design: What’s the difference?

Apple played it safe with the iPhone 7 last year, deciding to keep the overall form-factor and size the same as both the iPhone 6S and 6. And again this time around there isn’t a whole lot different – all the big changes seem to have gone into the iPhone X. Instead, the iPhone 8 looks very familiar. It has rounded sides and a Touch ID button below the display.

Related: iOS 11 problems and how to fix them

The biggest visible difference is the glass back, which replaces the 7000-series aluminium used in the iPhone 7. Apple has switched to glass so it can implement wireless charging into these new phones.

Buy Now: iPhone 8 on O2 (10GB) – £150 upfront, £39/month

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Apple introduced an IP67 water-resistance rating with the iPhone 7, and it’s good to see that that’s still here, but the iPhone and iPhone 8 Plus still both lack a headphone jack. To combat this Apple includes both a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle and a pair of Lightning EarPods in the box.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 Specs: Which phone is more powerful?

Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were, predictably, the fastest iPhones ever, thanks to the A10 Fusion quad-core CPU, 2/3GB RAM and a six-core GPU. They were, and still are, some of the fastest and smoothest phones out there, easily running any app or game in the App Store.

Inside the iPhone 8, there’s an A11 Bionic chip, which is built using the same 10nm manufacturing process as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, for improved operational efficiency, and 2GB RAM (3GB in the 8 Plus). Apple says the Bionic is 25% faster than the A10, and it has the first Apple-designed GPU that’s built especially for Metal 2.

In our tests and after using both phones, the iPhone 8 is faster. It almost doubles the scores in benchmarking apps like Geekbench 4 and feels super fluid in everything that you do. But, the iPhone 7 is still very fast and there isn’t many apps available that really take advantage of this extra power. Even the intensive AR apps we tried out worked well on both phones, which is great if you don’t want to upgrade but annoying if you do.

In terms of display, the iPhone 8 is very similar to the iPhone 7. Both are available with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch IPS LCD panels with a Retina resolution. If you’re after something a little different, the iPhone X has a near-bezel-free OLED display.

What the iPhone 8 does add is True Tone. This alters the temperature of the display depending on your environment and makes it much easier to view in the dark. The iPhone 8 can also play back HDR/Dolby Vision content from Netflix and iTunes, for added contrast and brightness.

The iPhone 7’s 12-megapixel f/1.8 camera was good, but it was quickly surpassed by the Google Pixel and then the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11. 

For the iPhone 8, Apple has made a bevy of small changes across the board. It’s still 12MP f/1.8 on the regular iPhone 8, and there’s a dual-sensor 12MP camera on the Plus, but it now has better pixel processing, faster autofocus and hardware noise reduction.

Pictures from the iPhone 8 are great, with better saturation and much richer colours. They’re not quite as good as the Pixel 2, but this is one area you will notice if you decide to upgrade.

The iPhone 8 Plus has a new Portrait Lighting mode that’ll launch in beta, and this adds a so-called ‘professional lighting’ look to your pictures.

Buy the iPhone 8 now – O2 (3GB data), £37pm, £125 upfront

When we reviewed the iPhone 7 our biggest criticism was the poor battery life. We struggled to make it past the end of the working day without reaching for the Lightning cable. The 7 Plus didn’t have the same problems, thankfully.

The battery on the iPhone 8 is actually smaller than the 7, but optimisations for the new CPU does make it last longer. We’ve managed to get about day without reaching for the charger.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 Price: Which phone offers better value for money?

When it first went on sale in late 2016, the iPhone 7 started off at £599 for 32GB of storage and £699 for 128GB. If you wanted the bigger iPhone 7 Plus then you’d be splurging £699 for the 32GB and £799 for the bigger 128GB model.

The iPhone 8 kicks off at $699/£699 for 64GB and $799/£799 for 128GB. While the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799/£799 for 64GB and $899/£899 for 128GB.

Buy Now: iPhone 8 on Vodafone (1GB) – £125 upfront, £36/month
Buy Now: iPhone 8 on O2 (10GB) – £150 upfront, £39/month
Buy Now: iPhone 8 on EE (16GB) – £0 upfront, £47.99/month

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8 summary: What’s the difference?

Design: All the phones are IP67 rated and lack a headphone jack, but the iPhone 8 has a glass back for wireless charging. Both come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes.

Specs: The 10nm A11 chip powers the iPhone 8, though RAM has yet to be determined. The iPhone 7 has an A10 Fusion chip and 2/3GB RAM.

Price: The iPhone 8 kicks off at $699/£699 for 32GB and $799/£799 for 128GB. The iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799/£799 for 64GB and $899/£899 for 128GB. That should relate to similar pricing to the iPhone 7’s.

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iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8: verdict

The iPhone 8 isn’t a huge upgrade and we don’t think there’s much here to entice those who picked up an iPhone 7. The camera is better, as is the screen, but they’re all quite small updates.

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US Grand Prix 2017 Live Stream: United States F1 UK times and how to watch

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Want to watch the US Grand Prix 2017 this weekend? Here’s a streaming guide on how to watch the US F1 GP live stream in the UK, including schedule times and dates for qualifying and practice races.

Next stop on the Formula One world tour is the US Grand Prix, with action taking place from Friday right through until Sunday. Read on for all the live stream details.

US Grand Prix Schedule: What time is F1 on TV this weekend?

Here’s the full US GP race schedule:

Friday October 20

3.45pm – US GP Practice One Build-up – LIVE!
4pm – US GP Practice One – LIVE!
7.45pm – US Practice Two Build-up – LIVE!
8pm – US GP Practice Two – LIVE!
10pm – Team Principals’ Press Conference – LIVE!
10.50pm – The F1 Show – LIVE!

Saturday October 21

4.45pm – US GP Practice Three Build-up – LIVE!
5pm – US GP Practice Three – LIVE!
9pm – US GP Qualifying Build-up – LIVE!
10pm – US GP Qualifying – LIVE!

Sunday October 22

6.30pm – US GP Track Parade – LIVE!
7pm – US GP Pit Lane – LIVE!
7.30pm – US GP Race Build-up – LIVE!
8pm – THE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX – LIVE!
10.30pm – US GP Paddock – LIVE!

US GP Live: How to watch US F1 race online and on TV

The US Grand Prix is one of the select GP events that’s being broadcast by both Sky and Channel 4, so you’ll be able to watch the action live on either channel.

Sky subscribers can tune in – in 4K, no less – on channel 406. There, you will also benefit from Sky’s Race Control feature that gives you multiple driver cam viewpoints, the pitman channel, a driver tracker, and an up-to-date timing page via the Red Button.

Subscribers can also watch the races using the Sky Go mobile app at no additional charge.

If you’re not a Sky subscriber you could pick up a NOW TV Sports Pass, which will set you back either £6.99 for a Day Pass or £10.99 for a Week Pass. The Week Pass is obviously the best value for F1 fanatics looking to follow all this weekend’s action.

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iPhone 9 could be getting these awesome iPhone X features in 2018

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Apple is going to offer cheaper iPhone models that borrow pricy iPhone X features, according to a new report.

The iPhone X costs a ludicrously high £999, which puts its bleeding-edge features out of reach for most. The good news is that the smartphone industry is known for its trickle-down tech, so we’re almost certainly going to see those same features on cheaper devices down the line – like next year’s iPhone 9, perhaps?

Lending credence to that theory is a new report from China’s Economic Daily, which suggests that Apple is planning to introduce select iPhone X features on two cheaper handsets in 2018. These handsets are reportedly codenamed Lisbon and Hangzhou, and are reportedly aimed at increasing market share in China – where cheaper phones typically sell better.

A separate report by Japan’s MacOtakara suggests that the lower-end model will be 10,000 Yen (£70 GBP / $90 USD) cheaper than the current iPhone X, which isn’t exactly a massive discount – but it still helps.

Apparently, these cheaper devices will include an OLED display; for context, the iPhone X was the first Apple smartphone to feature such a screen. Unlike tradition LCD displays, an OLED screen has pixels that produce their own light, rather than relying on a backlight. This improves power efficiency overall, and also allows the screen to display truer blacks – because individual pixels can be completely turned off.

It’s also tipped that we’ll see Apple’s new Face ID facial recognition system replacing the Touch ID fingerprint scanner as the main method of user authentication on all 2018 handset models. Better still, it’s expected that Apple will also add its TrueDepth Camera to all models too.

Given the huge competition in China, it’s no surprise that Apple is keen to boost its fortunes in the country. With so much choice – and flagship handsets typically sold at margin-busting price points – Chinese consumers will be rightly hesitant to fork out for the highly costly iPhone X.

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Our Guide to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6, 6 Plus, and SE

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If you’re considering a new iPhone—especially if you’re on an upgrade plan from Apple or your carrier—we think the iPhone 8 is the best one for most people. The iPhone 8, along with its larger sibling, the iPhone 8 Plus, offers a number of upgrades over 2016’s iPhone 7, including better performance and camera quality, an improved display, support for wireless charging, and a grippier (though more breakable) glass back. And like previous iPhones, this generation remains easy to use out of the box and doesn’t require tinkering for you to get the most out of it, making it an easy recommendation for most people.

The Best Napkins and Tablecloth

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Over the course of four years, we spent 75 hours researching almost 100 napkins and tablecloths, and tested 22 to find the best for most people. We like the Williams Sonoma Hotel Dinner Napkins and Tablecloth because they are made from 100 percent tight-weave cotton, available in the widest assortment of sizes and sets, and the best-quality table linens we found for the price. The napkins are soft and absorbent, and the thick tablecloth looks smooth and elegant.

The Best Shoe Rack

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After spending more than 30 hours researching shoe racks, interviewing professional organizers, and assembling 15 racks by hand, we think the Seville Classics 3-Tier Resin Slat Utility Shoe Rack is the best choice for most people who need extra shoe storage in a closet or entryway. The steel frame makes it one of the strongest and most stable racks we tested, yet it’s also the easiest and fastest to assemble. Some other shoe racks may save you a few bucks, but this shoe rack is the best value we’ve found at any price.