Apple unveiled the latest iteration of what is arguably their flagship product, the iPhone, on 7th September, and the internet has exploded into a frenzy of polarised opinions.Whilst die-hard Apple fans are hailing it as revolutionary, critics decry it as being another one of Apple’s gimmicks. Love it or hate it, one can’t deny that the iPhone 7 is certainly a departure from its predecessors. Let’s take a look at the key features which sets it apart from its previous iterations.
Wireless headphones that are actually wireless
Without a doubt, the most controversial feature of the iPhone 7 is the removal of its 3.5mm headphone jack, which was sneakily revealed by Apple’s marketing chief, Phil Schiller, only at the end. Begrudgingly, those who wish to plus in their traditional headphones with 3.5mm jacks will have to make use of an adaptor, which will come bundled with the iPhone 7.
A new Home button
While most people may hardly even notice the change, Apple has redesigned the home button. The home button now utilises the same pressure-sensitive technology which is found on the touchpads of its newer MacBooks, which vibrate with touch.
Better pictures on a better display
While the iPhone 7 Plus will come with an incredible dual-camera setup, the iPhone 7 is certainly no slouch. It sports a stunning 12MP rear camera with a six-element wide aperture lens,that Apple claims is 30% more energy efficient, 60% faster, and lets in 50% more light. The two-tone flash now boasts four LEDs, a flicker sensor and Optical Image Stabilisation, promising brighter and sharper pictures. The front-facing camera has also been upgraded to an impressive 7MP, perfect for selfies and Facetime calls.
Though Apple has retained the 4.7 inch display and 1334 by 750 resolution of the iPhone 6s, it has worked on improving the brightness of the iPhone 7. You can expect more vibrant colours that will complement the sharp photos that the iPhone’s new camera is capable of capturing.
Increased battery life
The iPhone 7 will come with the new iOS 10, which is packed with new features like third-party app integration with Siri, as well as the energy-efficient Raise to Wake function. Alongside the software upgrade is a dramatic hardware boost in the form of a four-core, 64-bit Apple A10 Fusion chip which will make the iPhone 7 40% faster than the iPhone 6S.
These upgrades are complemented by a battery upgrade, which Apple claimsto be the best battery life of any iPhone, giving it an average of two additional hours per charge over the iPhone 6S.
New features aside, the iPhone 7 also promises an upgrade in terms of hardware. The iPhone 7 is supposed to be dust and water-resistant, a positive step to improve the durability of the iPhone. It is also equipped with improved stereo speakers, on both the base and top of the phone, promising clearer and louder audio, or more specifically, twice as loud as the iPhone 6s.
Upgrade or wait?
While the iPhone 7 certainly does contain a slew of upgrades, both software and hardware, it remains to be seen whether these warrant an upgrade from the iPhone 6S.
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