A Look at the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus


Most of us are well aware that the much-anticipated iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Apple smartphones debuted to what can only be called less fanfare than imagined.  Many feel that their break from convention was a mistake and a good number of customers actually felt betrayed.  However, are there any truth to these statements?  To enjoy the big picture, let’s take a look at both the positive and negative aspects of each model.  It will be then up to you to make the final call before purchasing these new models.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:  The Benefits

We should first look at the design.  To keep things simple, let’s point out that there is virtually not outward difference between and 7, the 7 Plus and the iPhone 6 line.  There are still a few minor changes.  Apple claims that these models are able to submerged in water for up to 30 minutes without suffering damage.  Another interesting (and positive) feature is that the rear antenna lines have been blended into the surface; providing a more seamless appearance.  The camera bump has also been enlarged and smoothed.

In terms of functionality the iPhone 7 line includes what it known as a Taptic Touch system.  This is a massive improvement over previous versions and arguably one of the most user-friendly features to be offered.  Taptic touch settings can be adjusted to  exhibit more or less forceful vibration response.

The performance and processing power of this line have also been enhanced thanks to the addition of a new A10 Fusion chip.  There are now four cores; two high-performance cores and two standard variants.  So, page load times will be quicker while high-definition video playback is another notable enhancement.

The Drawbacks

Let’s first take a look at the most notable drawback: the somewhat redundant and even inconvenient fact that there is no longer a headphone jack available for users.  This follows a long line of Apple “streamlining” its models by removing other tried-and-tested devices such as a flash drive and even the standard USB connector.  This has not set well with users for two reasons.  First, the remote earbuds do not feel as secure as connected headphones and there is always the chance that they will be lost.  Secondly, users will have to spend a considerable amount of money if they with to connect headphones to the iPhone; not a welcome change considering the price of the phone itself.  Some feel that Apple is forcing its customers to adopt technology that is not entirely comfortable and we have to wonder if this trend will be reversed in future models after the criticism that they have already received.

Besides this one major difference, the fact of the matter is that the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus are not noticeably light years ahead of the iPhone 6 line.  With few changes made to the exterior, most consumers will not be overly impressed at first glance.

The Verdict

There is no doubt that Apple has put a great deal of thought into the design of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.  Still, we are left wondering if their efforts were focused in the right direction.  Consumers have come to expect a great deal from Apple and it would not be an overstatement to observe that this new release has left some with a bad taste in their mouth.  Will Apple learn from what could potentially be termed a mistake?  Only time will tell.