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First impressions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been underwhelming, the look is exactly the same as previous models.
However, what most users don’t realize that it isn’t until you actually use the iPhone 7 that you really discover what has changed. While the phone looks the same, it’s what inside that counts.
Look and Appearance of the iPhone 7
Apple has done it again, releasing the next generation of iPhones that are a big step up from their predecessors.
While the iPhone 7 does sport the same classic iPhone look, it is what’s on the inside that separates this phone from the pack.
The iPhone 7 strays from convention, but it is not obvious, as the differences are contained in a case that looks just like the iPhones that came before.
However, even this decision to stay the same is out of the ordinary of Apple, as the company usually changes the pattern or design of the iPhones after just a couple of years. This happens to be the third straight year that Apple has released a similar looking phone.
There are three subtle differences between the iPhone 6 and 7. First, the antenna lines that are on the back of the iPhone 7 have been changed, they are now the same color as the body of the phone.
Second, the camera area has been enlarged and elegantly curved into the casting of the back of the phone, which looks great on the smaller phones with a single camera. Finally, there is no headphone jack.
In fact, all the real differences with the iPhone 7 are inside the case, from the dual cameras to the redesigned home button. Not to mention, the upgraded hardware.
The new A10 Fusion processor for instance, rivals a laptop or the dual low-power cores that combine to provide longer battery life by about two hours.
The most obvious change is the removal of the headphone jack, which has many people talking. Apple decided to make this radical change in order to make room for the improved cameras, the bigger battery and the Taptic Engine.
In fact, it made the decision to make the iPhone 7 water resistant easier for Apple, with one less hole to be filled with water.
Feel of the new iPhone 7
The biggest change for users of the iPhone 7 is the new home button. It’s really different from previous Apple phones – it doesn’t move at all.
The home button is completely solid and uses a linear vibration system, which Apple calls the Taptic Engine. When you “push” or apply pressure to the button it jolts and tricks your brain into feeling a “click.”
However, it’s not the same as other iPhones, it feels like you are clicking the bottom of the phone. Not just pushing a button.
There are three settings for the haptic feedback to make the sensation stronger, so you notice the “click.” The reason Apple changed the home button was to improve durability and functionality, but many people are having a hard time getting adjusted to the new feature.
The other big change that people are having a tough time adjusting to is the removal of the headphone jack.
However, to replace the old system, Apple now ships a pair of EarPods headphones that are wireless and come with a Lightning connector, plus a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle to use with traditional headphones.
Functionality of the iPhone 7
Some people are questioning Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack. Like many other decisions that Apple has made, like the change for the plug for the USB connector, when the company decides to move on it does.
In fact, many people trust in the companies decisions to move away from the headphone jack. It is the only technology company that can make such a large change and still be an aggressive competitor in the marketplace.
Even though the look of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has not changed, the phones are now water resistant! That’s right – you can get them wet and they will not be ruined.
However, if you dunk the phone into water for over 30 minutes there will be damage, no doubt about it. The phones are not completely waterproof.
The iPhone 7 is all about improved Performance
The iPhone 7 is a step into the future of Apple products. The two cameras found on the iPhone 7 Plus will lead to a new age of mobile photography.
The well-known home button has been redesigned, it is no longer just a physical button, but is now a pressure sensor and uses haptic vibration motors to simulate the feel of a button or joystick.
The iPhone now has the same type of performance as a laptop with a new A10 Fusion processor that uses two high-power cores. Plus, the larger battery, which extends the overall run-time of the iPhone 7 by two hours.
The best part about the iPhone 7 is the introduction of the dual camera, which has a faster f/1.8 lens, a new four-color True Tone flash, optical image stabilization and wider color capture.
However, the iPhone 7 Plus takes it up a step, with two f/1.8 28mm wide angle lens and an f/2.8 56mm telephoto lens.
In fact on the 7 plus, the camera operate in sync, which means that you can switch from a 1x zoom to a 2x digital zoom with the tap of a button.
The Taptic Engine that Apple uses adds more to the iPhone 7 with the iOs 10 feedback.
For example, when you drop down the notification shade, the phone makes a little bump. The phone feels alive in your hands, and the software gives it real motion, which improves the entire experience.
Not to mention, the 3D touch that is still accessible on the iPhone 7, as well as, the improvement to the display itself.
The new displays are bright, sharp and clear LCD screens that are easy on the eyes.
On top of that, the color range on the display is larger now, with is noticeable when viewing photos taken by the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.
Finally, people are going to fall in love with the addition of stereo speakers. As per usual, one speaker is on the bottom of the phone, and the other is now integrated into the earpiece.
Plus, they are much louder than ever before, especially when it come to the amazing treble output. While they are not the same as real speakers, they will improve your YouTube experience and make that conference call clearer than before.
However, with the removal of the headphone jack and the move to wireless audio, it is a shame that Apple did not improve the overall listening experience.
Apple will now have to put more effort into the wireless audio system if they are going to compete with other products on the market.
Plus, they are going to have to make accessing and using Bluetooth devices easier in the future, or people will have more to complain about that just missing a headphone jack.
Specs and Design
The iPhone 7 dimensions are 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in), weight 138 g (4.87 oz) and is IP67 certified, which makes it dust and water-resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes.
Display is an LED-backlit IPS, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, size 4.7 inches, resolution 750 x 1334 pixels, with an Ion-strengthened glass, and oleophobic coating. The displays uses a wide color gamut display and 3D Touch display with home button.
The platform is iOS 10, with Apple A10 Fusion, with a CPU quad-core and a GPU six-core graphics. There is an internal memory card, ranging in size from 32/128/256 GB, GB, 2 GB RAM depending on the iPhone model.
The camera is a 12 MP, f/1.8, phase detection autofocus, quad-LED (dual tone), OIS and flash. The video is [email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps and [email protected] Sensors include fingerprint, gyro, accelerometer, proximity, barometer and compass.
The battery is a non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery (7.45 Wh), which has up to 14 hours of talk time or up to 40 hours of music play. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come in the colors jet black, mat black, silver, gold, and rose gold.
Price and Rating
The standard iPhone 7 starts at $649, and for just twice the amount of storage; 32GB, the phone goes up in price, rocketing to $849 for the 256GB capacity.
On the other hand, the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769 for the 32GB and increases all the way to a staggering $969 for the 256GB.
However, ensure that you include the extra cost of the Bluetooth headphones and headphone adapters because in the long-run they will be needed.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are just the beginning of the future of what iPhones can be. It’s an important stepping stone, but it will be the foundation for which Apple will use to make many other important changes to future phones and how they are integrated into our lives.
Many people are waiting to see what the next generation of iPhones will bring, from the camera capabilities to the amazing display features and sound capacity.