Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus arrived in stores last week. One of the highlights of the new design is a glass back with support for Qi wireless charging. While IKEA has offered home furnishings with built-in charging pads since 2015, the company launched an advertising campaign to promote its Qi offerings to Apple fans.
You will need to purchase a wireless charging pad or dock if you plan to take advantage of the new wireless charging feature found on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X. Apple plans to release its own charging mat called the AirPower, but it won't be available until next year. Until then Apple has suggested iPhone owners use third-party chargers from Belkin or Mophie, but any Qi-compliant device will work. You can see a list of Qi-supported devices on the wireless power consortium website.
The latest generation of iPhones are blazingly fast. The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X all feature the A11 Bionic Fusion chip, which incorporates six processor cores, a Neural Engine, three-core GPU and M11 motion coprocessor. When it comes to speed, the A11 Bionic is 70 percent faster than the previous generation A10 chip, found on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. In fact, the A11 Bionic blows away the competition, too.
In typical fashion, Apple opened pre-orders for several of its upcoming fall products on Friday at 12:01 AM Pacific time. While the initial batch of iPhone 8 pre-orders did not sell out in the first few hours, over the weekend delivery dates have slipped. In fact, now that over two days has passed, shipping times across the board have increased on the device lineup.
Apple on Tuesday held its first ever keynote at the Steve Jobs Theater on its new Cupertino campus. After a brief tribute to the late Apple CEO, Tim Cook and team took to the stage to announce several new products. The next-generation devices unveiled on September 12, 2017 included the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple's all-new "anniversary phone" aka the iPhone X or iPhone 10.
The iPhone X is one Apple's most expensive handsets starting at $999 while the iPhone 8 saw a price increase to $699. The new prices have made some longtime Apple customers wonder if it is worth upgrading this year. Here is a comparison of the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X to help you decide what to do when they go up for pre-order.