iPhone 7(+) Should I upgrade to the 7 Plus or the 8 Plus

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  1. FBP718 macrumors newbie

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    I currently have a 6s Plus and want to upgrade but im not sure if I should get a 7 Plus or an 8 Plus. I can get a great condition 128GB 7 Plus on eBay for $480-$500 while the 64GB 8 Plus is going for $780-$900. Is the 8 Plus worth the price difference? I plan to upgrade again in September if Apple really does release a Plus version of the X.
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    If you can wait and your budget allows, I suggest you go next generation of iPhone.
    If you cant wait and/or your budget is a bit tight, go iPhone 8. This is newer and somehow better overall. However, if you demand more storage, go 7 Plus.
     
  3. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

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    Check swappa.
    I see multiple mint condition 256gb 8 plus for $800. Mint 7+ 128gb for $599
     
  4. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    If money is a concern at all and your current phone is still getting the job done then why not wait until September instead of dropping $500-900 now and then another $1k in less than 6 months?
     
  5. Yogosans14 macrumors regular

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    I just upgraded from the 6s plus to the 8 plus and I don’t regret it.

    It’s so much faster, and the camera is sooo much better. The screen is brighter and overall looks nice and sharper thanks to the wider color gamut compared to the 6s+. The stereo speakers sound phenomenal compared to the crappy one on the 6s. The glass back feels much more premium in then the aluminum one of the 6s, if you are going to get the 8 I would recommend either the Silver or Space grey, the gold one is kinda meh. More of a rose gold tbh.

    All in all it was worth it, instead of getting the X I saved money and bought myself some nice Bluetooth headphones.
     
  6. m0sher macrumors 6502

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    I’d go with the 8+ over 7+ so I’ll explain.

    Off the top of my head, the 8+ has wireless charging, the 7+ doesn’t, if you care about that or fast charging.

    8+ comes with 64 or 256 GB storage, the 7+ has 32, 128, or 256 GB storage choices. So this isn’t an issue over storage.

    Naturally a slower A10 Fusion chip in the 7+ vs the faster A11 Bionic in the 8+ but not the determining reason.

    The 7+ doesn’t do two important things, color accuracy True Tone technology nor HDR support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 standards so you can watch HDR content on Netflix, Amazon Video and iTunes.

    Two other notes:

    8+ Plus has Bluetooth 5.0, 7+ has Bluetooth 4.2.

    4K video recording at up to 60 FPS,
    while iPhone 7+ has 4K video recording at 30 FPS and as a family man very important to me, I love this on my X.
     
  7. Relentless Power, Mar 25, 2018
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    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Then I would choose the iPhone 7 Plus on eBay if you plan on upgrading sometime in September. It’s almost guaranteed that Apple will offer a larger iPhone X 6.5 along side the 5.8 2018 iPhone X. Why spend more money on a more expensive iPhone if you’re only going to have it for approximately six months.
     
  8. bopajuice Suspended

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    I found the upgrade worthwhile but not necessary. The larger storage is great if you take a lot or pictures etc. Wireless charging is also a great feature. The 8 plus is a bit faster for me, and the camera seems to be better. Otherwise they look and act the same for the most part. The case from my 7 fits my 8 perfectly.
     
  9. jockz989 macrumors newbie

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    Depends on your budget. The upgrade brings a better experience for like one year.
     
  10. SteveHFC macrumors member

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    My apple monthly upgrade ends in May and was wondering whether it's worth upgrading to the X or iPhone 8 Plus or wait until the new phone comes out in September.

    Not really had any issues with my 7 plus except for the battery going down quite a lot.
     
  11. m0sher macrumors 6502

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    You can replace a battery for $29 right now at the Apple Store which will give your phone some new life, longevity, until the new phones come out if you want to wait till around Oct/November 2018.

    If there’s nothing wrong with your 7 might as well squeeze out some more money out of it by hanging onto it longer.

    Get the X now or wait for X Plus if you like bigger display but the 8 “to me” is outdated after owning an X and will really be that way next year when none of the new phones have Touch ID.
     
  12. JPack macrumors 68040

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    Get the 7 Plus if you feel the need to upgrade. The 8 Plus has no appreciable advantages over the 7 Plus.

    Apple is focusing significantly on the new form factor this September. If you get the 8 Plus or even X, it will feel outdated quickly. The 6.5" model will likely support Gigabit LTE and split screen multitasking.
     
  13. BrandonZ macrumors 6502

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    This is what I did. Got a mint and I mean mint 128 for $550. Dont regret it at all.
     
  14. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

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    That is a steal.
     
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I also suggested the 7+. There are appreciable advantages depending on how you factor the 8. There are some core differences over the 7+ with Portrait Lighting, augmented reality capabilities, wireless charging and True tone. I understand those are more minute features, but it’s the little changes that make the difference with the iPhone 8 that Some will find worthy.
     
  16. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

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    While you're correct about Apple's plans, let's not pretend the a10 is on par with the a11. A11 can do a lot of things the a10 can't. Someone who wants 3 years out of their phone would be advised to get the 8+.
     
  17. JPack macrumors 68040

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    I'm interested to know what the A11 can do that the A10 can't. I'm only aware of Portrait Lighting.
     
  18. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

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    I'm assuming there is more than that. If someone is into AR, my guess is the a11 runs it better.
     
  19. JPack macrumors 68040

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    ARKit runs on A9 and newer and developers have commented the performance depends largely on the camera quality rather than processor.

    There are also speed comparisons between iPhone 7 and 8 available on YouTube. At this point, getting the iPhone 8 for the A11 is largely a feel-good purchase rather than any substantial features or performance improvement.
     
  20. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The A11 bionic chip is also responsible in assisting with Face ID through the machine learning process and augmented report capabilities.
     

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