When we talk about sequels and successors, we expect the new arrivals to surpass their predecessors in a multitude of ways. The same goes for technological wonders such as smartphones. With the iPhone 8 recently unveiled by Apple execs, does it truly rise to be ahead of its predecessor the iPhone 7?
Design: Sleek And Fashionable
Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7 have the trademark Apple logo, and perhaps the same air of sophistication when it comes to design. However, it seems even the iPhone 8 has something new to bring to the table.

  • While the iPhone 7 has its core hardware encased in a metal unibody, the iPhone 8 has a metal frame and a glass back.
  • Given the iPhone 8’s new features, it seems to be the bigger of the two phones. This is due to the fact that it has a larger screen than its predecessor.
  • Rumor has it that the phone may have 143.59 x 70.94 x 7.57mm dimensions. This is larger than the 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm.

Features: More Is More
Interestingly, the iPhone 7 is memorable for its bezels located below and above the display. It seems the iPhone 8 will remove this entirely, including the Apple’s signature home button.

  • This also means that chances are, the new fingerprint scanner will be placed either on the power button, or at the back of the device.

The device also seems to be more water resistant than its predecessor. The iPhone 8 boasts IP68 certification, which means it can be underwater as deep as one and a half meters for half an hour before being damaged. The iPhone 7 is IP67, which means it can only be submerged for a meter for the same duration and still rise to the surface undamaged.
Display: Size Matters
Given the disappearance of the home button, the iPhone 8 may have the largest screen to an Apple smartphone. The iPhone 8 more or less has a 5.8 inch screen, while the iPhone 7 has a 5.5 inch display.

  • This affords the iPhone 8 a lot of screen size, rumored to be at 1,125 x 2,436 resolution.
  • The rumored resolution is much higher than the 750 x 1334 of the iPhone 7, or the 1080 x 1920 of the iPhone 7 Plus.
  • The new AMOLED technology for the screen also promises a ton of visual wonders, versus the iPhone 7’s previous IPS LCD.

This resolution also allows the iPhone 8 to have a lot of room for functionality. There appears to be some special area at the bottom of the device, which effectively replaces the home button.
Power and Performance
Fans of the iPhone 7 would have already been impressed with the device’s signature Apple A10 Fusion chipset, making it one of the most powerful quad core smartphones out there. It even has 2GB of RAM.

  • However, the iPhone 8 is poised to be a more powerful contender than its predecessor. Rumors may come true with an Apple A11 or its Fusion variant for a chipset. A 3GB RAM is not too far off as well.
  • This also means storage will more or less increase for the device. The iPhone 7 comes in 32GB variants that end with 256GB options. It is likely that the iPhone 8 may go for top tier 64GB and end at 512GB instead.

Battery, Camera?
Now comes the good stuff Apple products are best known for. It is expected for the iPhone 8 to possess a 12MP camera, just like its predecessor.

  • Interestingly, though the iPhone 7 has its trademark single lens snapping tool, the iPhone 8 may have one on both lenses.
  • These make the iPhone 8 capable of feats such as depth of field, and twice as much optical zoom.
  • There is even a rumor of optical image stabilization, and an auto adjusting Smart Camera feature.
  • In terms of battery power, the iPhone 7 currently houses a 1,960mAh battery. This makes the iPhone 8 likely for the iPhone 8 to possess a much bigger storage.

Now, this is where some customers may draw the line. However, the iPhone 8 features do make up for the steep $1,100 predicted price (for the rumored 64GB variant).
The iPhone 7 can be purchased for $649 for its 32GB variant, up to $849 for its 256GB option.
Assess With Discretion
Of course, given that the iPhone 8 has just been recently unveiled, statistics are yet to be proven by actual performance. It is true, however, that the iPhone 8 does boast a host of new features, both aesthetically and internally.

As always, there is more than meets the eye. It is safer to wait for the product to be released and wait for our full review as we dissect the iPhone 8 and its promised features.
It’s still a matter of compromise when it comes to the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7 as, after all, they are still two smartphones from perhaps one of the world’s largest tech companies.
In the end, the “battle” of succession between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7 is a matter of fan preference. After all, the iPhone 7 is still fresh from the market, but the iPhone 8 has a platoon of options to offer as well. Likewise, fans ought to choose their preferences not only based on what’s new, but on what kind of features they need, and what sort of utilities would be most useful for them.