The wait is over… it’s the iPhone 8  launch from Apple!

Whether you love them or hate them, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are here, available to buy since 22nd September. Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of this much talked about release, and you can decide for yourself, whether you think an upgrade is for you.

iPhone 8 launchThe all-glass casing is one of the iPhone’s main features however, you have to wonder whether an all-glass phone will be more easily broken, despite Apple’s assertion of strength. We all know how expensive it can be to replace a broken screen, at the best of times.

Wireless charging, a key feature of the new iPhone 8, will be much easier. Simply place your handset on a power pad, and hey presto! No more hunting around trying to find a charging cable, or having to sit 18 inches away from a plug socket to use your phone whilst it is charging.

The iPhone 8 is available in two memory sizes: a 64GB version and a 256GB version. Due to the lack of a micro SD card slot, though, it does mean that if you wish to listen to downloaded music, etc., you are likely to need the phone with the larger memory capacity, which will significantly increase the cost. You should also be aware that there is no headphone jack for the iPhone 8, everything is done wirelessly and Apple wireless headphones do not come cheap!

iPhone 8 launchThe iPhone 8 has a 12mp rear camera and the iPhone 8 Plus has a dual rear camera – one of these being a telephoto lens. However, even with larger and faster sensor capabilities, there is no facial recognition feature. The dual camera does have a new feature 3D sensing capability, which can detect your facial expression and use ‘Animoji’ to customise it to a 3D animated character. An extra plus, as far as the camera is concerned, is that it enables the user to record 4K at 60FPS and 1080p video at 240FPS.

The cutting edge A11, six core processor, should make the iPhone 8 up to 100 times faster and give it desktop capabilities. The new operating system includes many new features; the most notable among these being peer to peer Apple and safety features such as the “Do not disturb whilst driving mode”. This enables the phone to detect when the owner is driving. It makes the screen go black and stops calls and messages. Users are able to set an automatic reply to notify callers that they are driving.

Another striking feature is that, the iPhone 8 is not only dust resistant, but also water resistant for up to 30 minutes in one metre of water. This means that should you spill a drink on your phone, or drop it down the toilet, it will still work.

Armed with this information, you should be able to make a more informed decision as to whether this phone warrants its large price tag.