Money Matters: Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or the X?

Money Matters: Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or the X?

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The battle of the newest generation of Apple iPhones: iPhone 8, 8 Plus vs. iPhone X The battle of the newest generation of Apple iPhones: iPhone 8, 8 Plus vs. iPhone X
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Apple likes to flood the market with its phones in the fall and this year is no different, with the release of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and and the much-anticipated iPhone X.

So what happened to the iPhone 9? Maybe 7, 8, 9 after all.

  • The iPhone 8 starts at $699. It's good if you're into smaller screens and want a more cost-effective model. The 8 introduces a new wireless charging feature, too. While the model is not top of the line, it offers a faster processor than the iPhone 7 series.
  • The iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799. It's got a plus-sized display with the same processor as the 8 and wireless charging. Its big perk: a better camera with a wide angle and telephoto lens and portrait mode. If you want the camera and a bigger screen but don't want to wait for the X. The 8 Plus is the one for you.
  • The iPhone X starts at a whopping $999. It's the most expensive model Apple's ever released and it's gonna look a lot different. The Home button. including Touch ID is gone. Instead, it'll use facial recognition through Face ID to unlock your device. If screen quality and getting the most advanced camera features are what you're looking for, consider the X. Apple calls it the best iPhone experience, but you're definitely going to pay for it. Pre-orders for the X start October 27th, with its world release on November 3rd. If you want it, you may have to act fast. It's rumored there will be supply shortages.

If you're interested in the specs of all of these new generation devices, Apple provides a comparison tool.

Now naturally, when the newest phones are released, the older models of  iPhones drop in price.

The iPhone SE, essentially a smaller version of the 6S, drops to $349. The iPhone 6S drops to $449, with the iPhone 6S Plus at $549. The more recent iPhone 7 is $549 and iPhone 7 Plus dropping to $669.

Apple "connoisseurs" advise holding onto your iPhone 7 series phones if you have them, because the iPhone 8 is not worth the upgrade.

If you do want to upgrade, some cell carriers, Amazon, Apple, or online trade retailers like Gazelle offer trade-in specials. Depending on what model you exchange, it could save you hundreds.

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