Apple’s release parties are sick and this year’s was no different – we get it. But their soirees don’t really tell you All You Need to Know About 2018’s iPhones.

That’s why you trust us. To comb through their crap and tell you definitively – is it worth trading in my iPhone 8? Is the new-fangled camera that much better? Is the iPhone even the best option on the market?

Or, is Apple just trying to swindle you out of your hard earned cash…

All You Need to Know About 2018's iPhones

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Short answer – yes.

Longer answer – you’re gonna have to read on to find out all you need to know about 2018’s iPhones you silly goose…

All You Need to Know About 2018’s iPhones

For starters, there will be three new phones released by Apple this year. We won’t get into how this is probably an oversaturation of their market-place or that the new phones are outlandishly expensive or that they increased the prices on their older models.

Instead, we’ll just tell you about the new camera tech…

iPhone XS ($999)

All You Need to Know About 2018's iPhones

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  • 5.8”Super Retina HD display
  • Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • 7MP TrueDepth camera
  • Facial Recognition
  • A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine
  • Water resistant for 30 minutes at 2 meters
  • 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458 pixels per inch
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)

Size:

  • Height – 5.65 inches
  • Width – 2.79 inches
  • Depth – 0.30 inches
  • Weight – 6.24 ounces

Specs:

  • 12 MP Camera – wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
    Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Dual image stabilization
  • Digital zoom up to 10x, Optical zoom 2x
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with a slow sync
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with five effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono)
  • Smart HDR for photos

Videography:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • An extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • 2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 6x
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Stereo recording

iPhone XS Max ($1099)

All You Need to Know About 2018's iPhones

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  • 6.5”Super Retina HD display
  • Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • 7MP TrueDepth camera
  • Facial Recognition
  • A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine
  • Water resistant for 30 minutes at 2 meters
  • 2688×1242-pixel resolution at 458 pixels per inch
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)

Size:

  • Height – 6.2 inches
  • Width – 3.05 inches
  • Depth – 0.30 inches
  • Weight – 7.34 ounces

Specs:

  • 12 MP Camera – wide-angle and telephoto cameras
  • Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
    Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Dual image stabilization
  • Digital zoom up to 10x, Optical zoom 2x
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with five effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono)
  • Smart HDR for photos

Videography:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • An extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • 2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 6x
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Stereo recording

iPhone XR ($749)

All You Need to Know About 2018's iPhones

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  • 6.1”Liquid Retina HD display
  • 12MP camera
  • 7MP TrueDepth camera
  • Facial Recognition
  • A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine
  • Water resistant for 30 minutes at 1 meter
  • 1792×828-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch
  • 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)

Size:

  • Height – 5.94 inches
  • Width – 2.98 inches
  • Depth – 0.33 inches
  • Weight – 6.84 ounces

Specs:

  • 12 MP Camera
  • ƒ/1.8 aperture
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Digital zoom up to 5x
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with three effects (Natural, Studio, Contour)
  • Smart HDR for photos

Videography:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • An extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Digital zoom up to 3x
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Stereo recording

Conclusion

Ok, so the new cameras are awesome. They are in fact better than Apple’s previous releases.

But, how much better are they really? Can some smartphone photography hacks make up for the inadequacies? We decided to find the oldest iPhone in our office and investigate…

All the way back to the iPhone 5…

So, the oldest phone we could find is an iPhone 5s (pretty embarrassing for a smartphone camera photography website, huh). For comparison though, it boasts an eight-megapixel camera with 1.5µ size pixels. As far as videography goes, the camera records 1080p HD video at 30 fps.

All You Need to Know About 2018's iPhones

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As you can see, the iPhone 5 is admittedly worse than 2018’s iPhones and our employee is going to be fired if he doesn’t upgrade (just kidding…). In terms of both photography and videography, Apple has made serious strides since 2007 (or whenever this dinosaur of a phone is from).

So, if you’re looking for a new phone though, and you also currently have a phone from the same generation as the 5s is it worth upgrading all the way? Or, will the iPhone 7 or 8 suffice?

How about the iPhone 7 or 8?

Suffice it to say, you’re getting a pretty good value as far as cameras go with the iPhone 7 or 8. Apple upgraded from that eight-megapixel camera to a 12-megapixel one. The 12-megapixel comes standard on both the iPhone 7 and 8.

All You Need to Know About 2018’s iPhones is that they come with the same camera capability. While Apple has made some upgrades – like, underwater capability, TrueDepth, and facial recognition – if you’re a photographer then none of that is worth the extra couple hundred bucks.

In short, Apple’s attention has been drawn away from the camera.

Think of it this way though, the money that you would spend on 2018’s new releases could instead be invested in a top class clip-on lens to make your older camera better than Apple’s new ones.

We hate to be the bearers of bad news. So, if you’ve already purchased your new iPhone get yourself a useful app instead of buying a lens. You may be completely out of cash, but at least your photos will look top-class!