But is this the iPhone you’ve been waiting for? Or will you wait until Nov. 3 for the far more daring, big-screened, bezel-free iPhone X? It’s a tough decision; but a new iFixit teardown of the iPhone 8 (its bigger sibling, the iPhone 8 Plus, will come later) might help you make up your mind.
This doesn’t come as huge surprise, but on the inside, the iPhone 8 is eerily similar to the iPhone 7. Yes, there’s that new A11 Bionic chip, more memory, a slightly improved camera, a wireless charging coil, and a glass back. But don’t be fooled by the fact that Apple skipped the 7S version number and went straight for the “8”: The iPhone 8 is just a finely tuned and slightly upgraded iPhone 7.
Not all news is good, either. The iPhone 8’s battery has a little less juice than the battery inside its predecessor — 6.96 watt-hours vs. 7.45 watt-hours, although according to Apple this should not result in worse battery life. And, on the whole, the iPhone 8 is a little bit harder to repair, though removing the display and the battery is doable, if not exactly easy.
Let’s face it, the real star among these new iPhones is the iPhone X, but we’ll have to wait a couple more weeks (or more) to see that one opened up.