Alltek Services, Your Lakeland Information Technology Team Reviews The New iPhone
The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are setting the bar for great technology high – and giving high-powered desktops a serious run for their money.
The latest round of iPhones is set to launch on September 22nd, with three new models for consumers to choose from – the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Preorders started on September 15th, so if you’re eager to get your hands on one of these devices on launch day, you might want to pre-order one right now. There is always something innovative and exciting to look forward to with each new iPhone version, but the 8’s and X are going to have some of the biggest changes yet.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus both boast a ton of new features, some that are improvements on things first introduced with the iPhone 7 and some that are unique to this next version. For starters, the 8’s will come with a glass front and back, made with the “most durable” smartphone glass yet. More than just an aesthetic choice, the glass back lends itself to Qi wireless charging. The iPhone 8 offers a 4.7-inch Retina screen, while the iPhone 8 Plus comes in at 5.5 inches.
The new iPhone still lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and will have the same IPS screen as older models rather than the OLED screen some were predicting – a feature that makes an appearance in the iPhone X. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will ship with the new iOS 11, which was made available to users with older Apple devices as of September 19th. Highlights of iOS 11 include improvements to the more interactive aspects of iMessage and a new, more lifelike voice for Siri.
While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are much different than the 7’s, they’re much more of a traditional iPhone than the iPhone X, which looks more like a Star Trek prop than a mobile phone. The iPhone X is Apple’s high-end smartphone offering and will launch on November 3rd – if you can afford the price tag.
With all of these major changes coming to Apple’s smartphones, these devices raise an interesting question for consumers, especially those in the business world. It’s no secret that more and more of today’s businesses are relying on the cloud and other flexible and accessible technology solutions to power their increasingly mobile workforce. In fact, there is a good chance that most days you do more work on your smartphone than you do your desktop computer back at the office.
Part of that has to do with the fact that most busy business professionals spend a big chunk of their day running to meetings and stopping in to see clients. It’s hard to work at your desk when you’re never at your desk, and with mobile technology advancing at a breakneck pace, it honestly feels like you don’t have to be in the office in order to be productive. Mobile-specific apps and programs are slowly taking the place of functions you once needed to rely on your desktop PC or laptop for, and as smartphones continue to add more memory and faster processors, even high-end computers are struggling to keep pace.
Chances are your employees are already relying on their personal smartphones for just about everything both in and out of the office, so the more mileage you can get out of these devices, the better. Especially now that we know BYOD culture is here to stay.
Here is a quick rundown of the iPhone 8‘s specs:
- Available memory capacity – 64GB or 256GB
- 7 in touch screen display with 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
- A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
- Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
- Mail attachment support for .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics
- QuickType, Dictation, and Dictionary support for 20+ languages
That’s a lot of brain power for a device that fits into your pocket.
And when you compare what the new iPhone has under the hood to a top tier desktop computer like the Dell XPS:
- CPU: Intel Core i5 – Core i7
- Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 580 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
- RAM: 8GB – 16GB
- Storage: 256GB SSD; 1TB HDD – 512GB SSD; 2TB HDD
There is a lot of overlap where storage and processing power are concerned, and while a good desktop computer can multitask more effectively than a smartphone and offer a faster loading speed, a good smartphone can outpace a basic computer. Apps designed for both desktop and smartphone use will function a little differently on your mobile device than on your computer, with the goal of having both versions perform at their peak. It’s more a question of personal preference than performance at this point, as smartphone technology has proven to be more than up to the task.
However, even the fanciest desktop lacks the convenient features that a basic mobile device has to offer. Even laptops that have morphed into a computer/tablet hybrid still have their limitations, and as sleek as some of those devices are, they still take up more space in your bag than a smartphone.
With programs like Office 365 (which is fully iPhone/iPad compatible) available to make carrying your own office around with you a totally feasible option, it’s getting harder to make a good argument in favor of investing in high-end computer hardware. It’s also worth noting that as a consistent web and social media continues to be expected of your business, keeping multiple platforms updated and active is much simple from a mobile device, with some apps allowing you to share the same content to multiple platforms at once.
That’s not to say it’s time to toss your Mac or PC in favor of your smartphone, but it’s certainly worth taking note of how powerful these little devices have become.
Want to learn more about how you can get the most out of your business’ mobile technology? Contact Alltek Services at info@AlltekServices.com or (863) 709-0709 or (813) 898-2739 today. We’re the IT professionals businesses in Lakeland, Tampa, Winter Haven, Bartow, Frostproof, Haines City, Auburndale and many other locations in Hillsborough County, Sebring and Plant City trust.