1iPhone 8 Users Praise Handsets’ Performance, Report Nagging Glitches
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus launched Sept. 22. But unlike years past, when lines were long and demand was heavy, not so many people lined up to see Apple’s latest smartphones on store shelves. In fact, some reports have suggested iPhone 8 demand is lower than many previous Apple smartphones at the same point in their life cycle. Those who have bought an iPhone 8 have had to deal with both good and bad experiences. Buyers are getting fast performance from a high-end processor and the iPhone’s first wireless charging feature. But there also have been reports of breakage of iPhone 8’s glass back panel. This slide show will cover some of the early reports about Phone 8 performance post-launch and how Apple is responding to any problems.
2Demand Is Down Year Over Year
Early demand appears to be down for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Pre-orders didn’t sell out and even now, units are readily available. That stands in stark contrast to previous years, when new iPhones sold out nearly immediately. Most industry watchers say customers are waiting for iPhone X in November.
3The Glass Back Panel Has a Problem
4A11 Bionic Processors Deliver Plenty of Power
5It Delivers Decent Value for the Price
Although the iPhone 8’s starting price is $699, $50 more than some previous iPhone models at launch time, some buyers say the new features justify the price. The iPhone 8 is not a major upgrade like iPhone X, but it provides that handset’s finer features, such as wireless charging and the high-end processor, at a more affordable price.
6There’s a Problem With the Phone’s Earpiece
7Wireless Charging Is a Boon for Users
Most iPhone 8 users have had nothing but good things to say about the handset’s wireless charging feature. Buyers have commented in forums that the wireless charging feature works without a hitch and, since it’s compatible with existing Qi charging pads, they aren’t forced to buy an Apple proprietary charging device. It’s one of the more popular new iPhone additions.
8Battery Life Is a Concern
Some users are raising concerns about the iPhone 8’s battery life. They report that the iPhone 8 is hobbled to some degree by the power overhead of iOS 11. But there are mixed views on the issue. Some users have complained in forums about the iPhone 8’s battery life, while others say it isn’t a problem.
9Users Like iOS 11’s New Features
Despite concerns about iOS 11’s heavy power use, it’s being called one of the best operating system launches in some time by many iPhone 8 users. They note the software works well on the iPhone 8 and its improved apps, including Control Center and Maps, all take full advantage of the smartphone’s features.
10Cameras Are Working Well
Although they don’t represent a major upgrade over last year’s iPhone 7 models, the cameras on the iPhone 8 have been generally well-received. The boost in photo resolution was welcomed by users and the software effects included in iOS 11 make the smartphone’s camera far more useful. The iPhone 8’s camera experience is a nice step up, users say.
11iPhone 8 Plus Is Favored by Early Buyers
As noted, early demand for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is lower than expected. But a recent study by researcher Localytics showed the iPhone 8 Plus is outselling the iPhone 8. In its first weekend on store shelves, the 8 Plus attracted more shoppers than the iPhone 7 Plus did a year ago.