Nope. Not yet, anyway. But I’ve decided to go ahead and switch networks again anyway. Now seems a good time to do so.
I’m moving back to EE, and I’m picking up an iPhone 8 Plus and Apple Series 3 Watch with cellular to go with it. I’m getting a whopping 100Gb of monthly data (the watch gets unlimited data – principally you can’t really do that much with it – e.g. you can’t watch movies or use other data-intensive applications), Apple Music for 6 months (£60 value), and the ability to roam in the EU as well as the USA and Canada (which Three doesn’t cover, strangely enough).
I’m ditching the monthly iPad Pro data and moving to pay-as-you-go (also via EE). I don’t use 3G/4G data much on the iPad and it doesn’t make much sense to pay monthly for something I don’t use.
I chose the iPhone 8 Plus for the reasons I’ve already mentioned in my last post. I think the iPhone X is too big an expensive gamble at this time. I’m sure Face ID will be fine, but I still think it’s a little early. What’s app support like, for example? How will existing apps that utilize Touch ID work with Face ID? How much work will developers have to do to replace Touch ID with Face ID? Do they have to develop two methods? Or do you even have to do anything at all? This should have been announced back at WWDC. But then again, that would have spoilt the surprise.
Besides which, my new contract with EE also includes an annual upgrade – so if Apple produces an iPhone XI next year with everything fixed from the iPhone X – all will be well. Until then, I personally cannot wait to try the new camera sensor in the iPhone 8 Plus. I am big on smartphone photography and even though I love my Sony RX100 V to bits, I tend to use the iPhone to “mark” geographical locations so that when I import footage from both the iPhone and RX100 V, Apple’s Photo apps groups them all under one geographic heading. I’m terrible at annotating my photos after taking them, and this is one little hack that works for me. Which is probably why I’ve never moved over to Adobe Lightroom…
And of course, there is wireless charging. When I next visit The Hub by Premier Inn in Edinburgh, I’ll be able to charge my iPhone on their wireless charging pads whilst I eat breakfast. I think that this, for me, is the biggest and more important new feature of the new iPhone generation.
As for the CPU, it’s rumored that the A11 Bionic processor meets or slightly exceeds the processing power in my 2017 13″ MacBook Pro. Which is just insane. A phone having the potential to beat a general purpose computer.
Reviews coming as I get the kit. If I get the kit. Delivery times are dependent on supply, and we all know what that’s been like in the past! (That I’ve only managed to pick up AirPods in the past month despite being released nearly a year ago is just insane – imagine what the supply constraints of the iPhone X will be!)