Which iPhone Should I Buy?
Long are the days Apple just released one new iPhone a year. Now in 2017 Apple sells eight models of iPhone and it's harder than ever to choose a model. Back in the 90s, Apple sold 96 different Macintosh models, I am not even joking. You needed a flow chart to compare each model and it was way too confusing for just about anyone to decide what Macintosh they needed. "I asked my colleague at Apple what Mac I should buy. Why should I decide to get the 6500 and at what point do I need the 8500 but what work do I do that only requires the 8500 but not the 9500? How are we supposed to explain this to others when we can't even figure it out?" Steve Jobs. Now eight models of iPhone isn't as extreme as Apple in the 90s but I do feel it is getting a little out of hand.


iPhone SE

Key Features

•Least Money
•4" Screen
•Processor is Faster than iPhone 6s
•32GB & 128GB Storage Capacities
•Touch ID
•Up To 4K@30 Video Recording
•One Handed Operation
•Skinny Jeans
•Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold


Why Should I Buy?

If you are wanting an iPhone for the least amount of money than iPhone SE automatically is a great option. iPhone SE has a great design as it can be used comfortably without moving your hand to reach the top of the display. Since iPhone SE shares the design of the iPhone 5/ 5s, all existing cases will work. Since iPhone SE uses the smaller form factor than it is able to be stored in the pocket of someone who wears skinny jeans. A friend of mine recently bought iPhone SE because she could not put the larger sized phones in her pocket. There are hundreds of cases in all different shapes and colors. iPhone SE shares the same computer internals as iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus although since iPhone SE has to power a smaller display, it can operate faster than the iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus. iPhone SE also uses the familiar Touch ID. Face ID has yet to be put through its paces (as it is a new technology). Touch ID is highly praised for speed and security. iPhone SE also has the same camera system as iPhone 6s so it can shoot stunning 12MP photos and up to 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps). iPhone SE comes in Space Grey, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold finishes with 32GB and 128GB versions of each.


iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus

Key Features

•Lesser Money
•Familiar 4.7" & 5.5" Screen Sizes
•Fast Computer Internals
•Huge Selection of Cases
•Touch ID
•3D Touch
•Up To 4K@30 Video Recording
•Optical Image Stabilization
•32GB & 128GB Capacities
•Space Grey, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold


Why Should I Buy?

iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus are still fantastic options and the most affordable way of getting an iPhone with a 4.7" or 5.5" screen as well as the most affordable way of getting an iPhone with 3D Touch. Since iPhone 6s/6s Plus have the same (very similar) form factors as the 7/ 7 Plus/ 8/ 8 Plus then all of those cases will fit. It is worth mentioning that since the iPhone 7/ 7 Plus/ 8/ 8 Plus cameras are a different shape, the cut out for the camera will be larger and slightly overlap the iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus camera but does not block the lens at all. There is an enormous selection of official and 3rd party cases for these form factors. iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus also uses the familiar Touch ID. iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus can also record up to stunning 4K video at 30fps and it's camera has an optical image stabilizer which means that the camera lens can help compensate for your shaky hands/hand movement. iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus comes in Space Grey, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold finishes with 32GB and 128GB versions of each.


iPhone 7/ 7 Plus

Key Features
•Mid Range Prices
•Familiar 4.7" & 5.5" Screen Sizes
•Huge Selection of Cases
•Fast Computer Internals
•Stereo Speakers
•Video Recording up to 4K@30 in HEVC
•Optical Image Stabilization On Wide Angle Lens
•Portrait Mode on the iSight Camera
•3D Touch
•Touch ID
•32GB & 128GB Capacities
•Space Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold


Why Should I Buy?

iPhone 7/ 7 Plus are fantastic options has they're still fairy affordable and have very fast computer internals. Since iPhone 7/ 7 Plus use the familiar 4.7" & 5.5" form factors, they will fit with all iPhone 7/ 7 Plus/ 8/ 8 Plus cases. They technically could fit iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus cases except the cameras are different shapes. I guess if you were to physically cut the camera hole on a 6s/ 6s Plus case than they would fit. iPhone 7/ 7 Plus also uses the familiar Touch ID. iPhone 7 Plus has a dual camera system which has a wide angle and telephoto lens. This means iPhone 7 Plus can shoot photos in a new Portrait Mode. This is a lens technique used on high end cameras where the subject of a photo is in focus while the rest of the photo is blurred. The dual camera system also enables iPhone 7 Plus to have Optical Zoom. This allows iPhone 7 Plus to zoom in at 2x without degrading any photo quality. iPhone 7/ 7 Plus can also record up to stunning 4K video at 30fps with optical image stabilization on the wide angle lens. If you are using the telephoto lens on the iPhone 7 Plus than your shots may look a little shakier. Since iPhone 7/ 7 Plus have Apple's A10 processor they can record in the new industry standard h.265 (HEVC) video format. What this means is that video will have a tad bit better color accuracy and file sizes are half the size. iPhone 7/ 7 Plus comes in Space Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold finishes with 32GB and 128GB versions of each.


iPhone 8/ 8 Plus

Key Features
•Higher End Prices
•Familiar 4.7" & 5.5" Screen Sizes
•Wide Selection of Cases
•Extremely Fast Computer Internals
•Up To 4K@60fps Video Recording
•Up To 1080p@240fps SloMo Video Recording
•Portrait Mode on the iSight Camera
•Portrait Mode Lighting
•HDR Screen with Wide Color Gamut
•True Tone Display
•True Tone Flash
•Stereo Speakers
•3D Touch
•Touch ID
•Inductive Charging
•64GB & 256GB Capacities
•Space Grey, Silver, Gold


Why Should I Buy

I can honestly say that the iPhone 8/8 Plus are the best iPhones Apple currently sells. They can use all iPhone 7/ 7 Plus/ 8/ 8 Plus cases since iPhone 8/ 8 Plus use the familiar 4.7" and 5.5" form factor. iPhone 8/ 8 Plus do cost a pretty penny. They are similarly priced to what Apple has been selling their new iPhones every year. These iPhones are a premium product and are priced accordingly. iPhone 8/ 8 Plus have extremely fast computer internals. They are out benchmarking a lot of PCs & Macs in terms of processor performance. iPhone 8/ 8 Plus also record up to 4K video resolution and now they can record 4K video at 60fps in HEVC. They also can record 1080p slow motion video up to 240fps. iPhone 8 Plus also can shoot Portrait Photos and now it has the feature called Portrait Mode Lighting. This is software that simulates studio lighting effects on your Portrait Mode photos. iPhone 8/ 8 Plus' flash is a True Tone Flash. This means that the Flash can output any color which really helps balance low light photos using the flash. The new displays in iPhone 8/ 8 Plus have a wide color gamut (just like the 2017 iPad Pro) and can offer incredible color accuracy and because of that they can display HDR video content (from iTunes or other video services). iPhone 8/ 8 Plus also have True Tone displays which means they slightly tint the screen the color of the light in the room you are in. Think of it this way, when you're looking at a sheet of paper and you have a lamp that's putting off kind of an orange light than the piece of paper kind of looks orange. iPhone 8/ 8 Plus also have stereo speakers although now they can output louder, deeper sound than before as the speakers are designed to reverb sound off the walls to help fill the room. iPhone 8/ 8 Plus now support inductive charging over the Qi standard. iPhone 8/ 8 Plus also use familiar Touch ID. iPhone 8/ 8 Plus comes in Space Grey, Silver, and Gold finishes with 64GB and 256GB versions of each.


iPhone X

Key Features
•Highest End Prices
•New Screen Size/Case Design
•Fast Computer Internals
•Portrait Mode on Both The FaceTime and iSight Camera
•Portrait Mode Lighting
•Up to 4K@60fps Video Recording
•Up to 1080p@240fps SloMo Video Recording
•HEVC
•Face ID
•Face Tracking FaceTime Camera
•New iOS Interface to Learn
•Mostly Portrait Mode Apps Only
•Space Gray & Silver
•64GB & 256GB Capacities


Why Should I Buy?

iPhone X (pronounced 10) is the first radically redesigned iPhone since the iPhone 6/ 6 Plus. iPhone X fundamentally changes almost every way you use an iPhone. Since iPhone X uses a premium display that is still very expensive to produce, iPhone X is priced very highly. Since iPhone X has an all new design there's not a large case selection to choose from. iPhone X has a 5.8" display (measured diagonally) so it's technically bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7 Plus, and 8 Plus except since it's measured diagonally it has a wider aspect ratio. That means that the display is thinner than the others so it actually is the same size as the 4.7" iPhone with some extra space on the top and bottom. This is something to consider if you want the largest display on an iPhone because the 5.5" iPhone actually has more room for applications to run in landscape mode. The iPhone X shares the same computer internals as the iPhone 8/ 8 Plus although Apple did under-clock the iPhone X slightly so in terms of performance the iPhone 8/ 8 Plus are the most powerful iPhones.The new OLED display is just gorgeous. It stretches from edge-to-edge allowing software to stretch to the entire front of the device. There is a noticeable notch on the top of the display although after a few hours using iPhone X, you will hardly notice it when using iPhone in portrait mode. It is quite visible in landscape mode and because of this Apple is discouraging developers from writing landscape mode applications for iPhone X. This notch houses the earpiece, FaceTime camera, and the new facial scanning sensors. The technology in the facial scanning sensor is highly advanced and can reproduce the technology found in the cameras movie studios like Pixar use. This new sensor allows for the new Face ID system to work. Instead of having to place a finger on the finger print scanner to unlock your device, all you have to do is look at it. Apple says Face ID is more secure than Touch ID and time will tell if Face ID is as reliable as Touch ID. Both the FaceTime and iSight cameras can now take Portrait Mode photos with Portrait Mode Lighting. The iSight camera also can record up to 4K@60 and 1080p@240 slomo video in HEVC. iPhone X comes in space gray and silver case finishes with 64GB and 256GB versions of each. The space gray rear glass on the iPhone X is slightly lighter than the iPhone 8/ 8 Plus' rear glass. The space gray iPhone X has a black stainless steal band around the device and the silver model has a silver stainless steal band. Traditionally I have only purchased the black (and space gray) iPhone models but after seeing the silver iPhone X with the silver stainless steel band... The silver stainless band compliments the black front glass very well, it looks a lot like the stainless steal Apple Watch.


In my opinion, Apple is selling too many iPhone models. I like how there is only one version of the iPhone X. It helps marry the smaller size with the larger display consumers want. I like the choice of the 4.7" and 5.5" screen sizes with the other iPhones but it just adds unnecessary confusion to the lineup for the average consumer. What I would love to see down the road is Apple producing two iPhone models. iPhone and iPhone Pro. iPhone would be just like the iPhone SE only with a slightly updated case design (to help match the style of the newer iPhones). iPhone Pro would have all the bells and whistles that a professional iPhone user would need. If you look at Apple's product lineup: iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro iMac, iMac Pro. The same could be said about the Apple TV as there is a low cost Apple TV that satisfies most consumers and then there is an Apple TV that caters to the video professionals that need a wider color gamut and 4K resolution. Apple Watch is a tad different as you basically just select your case finish. I have liked in the past that Apple still continued to sell the older iPhone models on their refurbished store. Consumers understood that they were the older models but could still purchase them straight from Apple. Now that Apple is selling the older iPhone models on the main website, it makes consumers believe they are still current models. To rephrase the Steve Jobs quote from before; why do I need to buy an iPhone 6s when I could buy a 7 Plus but what is it I do that I need a 7 Plus and not the 8 Plus or could I settle with iPhone 8. At the end of the day, they're all incredible devices. Just because the iPhone 6s was introduced a few years ago does not mean that it is a bad device, they're all very capable. My personal recommendation would be to buy the newest device in the screen size you want (if you have the money). The investment you make in the hardware will pay off over time when the device starts to age, it'll still be able to run the latest software faster than if you went with the more affordable options. If you have any questions about choosing an iPhone model than feel free to email me at yourgeekneeds@gmail.com.
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