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the iphone 8 is the apple phone for the rest of us

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the iphone 8 is the apple phone for the rest of us

i heard some exchanges among attendees at today’s big apple event that the iphone 8 is a 7s in all but name. the sentiment isn’t too far off, of course — and the new phones certainly weren’t done a whole lot of good when the iphone x upstaged them mere minutes later. sure, it’s a bit of a dig, but it’s hard to argue the fact that the new phones are mostly refinements of their predecessor. but when you’re building on a foundation like the iphone 7, that’s not really a bad thing. the way these things generally break down, the s in the phone’s a pretty tough sell for those who already own last year’s model — and that certainly applies here. the most game-changing upgrade for apple is arguably the addition of wireless charging courtesy of the phone’s glass back. it’s a feature the company has flirted with for some time, including, most notably, the apple watch.of course, apple’s embrace of qi on a smartphone level is probably the thing that truly takes the tech mainstream. it’s the argument apple detractors hate to hear, but apple’s got a pretty stellar track record on that front — the company’s often not the first, but it could well be the first time your friends and neighbors hear about it. just play it cool. the other biggie here is, of course, that camera. it’s another spot where the iphone took the stage to take the wind out of the product’s sails, but the addition of cameras designed with augmented reality in mind on its mid-tier hand...