What is the iPhone 7? Well, it’s the latest from Apple’s most innovative, visionary minds of the… engineers of Apple. It’s most famous for boasting a staggering 4K video recording at 30 fps, with optical stabilization for video, cinematic video stabilization and continuous autofocus video – all resting atop a 4.7 inches (5.5 inches accordingly) Retina HD display LED-backlit widescreen.
Back at ol’ Apple, it’s definitely clear which features get the most pixel space when it comes to promoting iPhone 7’s (and Plus) specs: Display, Camera, Video Recording and FaceTime HD Camera. In continuation and below we get carrier info, built-in apps and supported languages, among other technical specifications.
The missing headphone jack
And we’re already well aware of 7’s most infamous addition (cough: omission) of the 3.5mm headphone jack – to which logically there’s not a single mention of (Goodbye Jack, you never got the chance to celebrate your 52-th birthday at Apple’s). Instead, sound enthusiasts can now use three extended fixes:
- Earbuds that use the lightning jack
- 5mm earbuds through an adapter that connects to the lightning jack
- Wireless (duh!)
Or use Apple’s own $160 AirPods – arriving on the market somewhere in late October 2016. We consider this as pro/con both after which our microcosm of criticism ends up neutral.
iPhone 7’s Camera
Back from digression – and there was no wonder Apple uses so much space at their website for promoting iPhone 7’s “visual” power. Its dual lens camera gives users the benefit of capturing photos and optically zooming up to 2x pure zoom delicacy!
This comes as a huge deal, for no longer users will bathe in the muddy mess produced by zooming in at their ex-girlfriends’ house windows and hoping to heavens she won’t notice their trembling, sweaty hands.
The Home Button
Again, Apple tries very hard to shove round pegs in square holes – by making its old moving button rock-solid. That’s right: the home button no longer moves. It’s thanks to a certain Taptic Engine that this works, but, as Nilay Patel mentioned, it feels like the whole damn bottom moves when you try to press the button!
iPhone 7’s computing power comes in a form of the all-new four core A10 Fusion chipset – courtesy of the brightest minds back at Apple headquarters. And it works faster too, but not THAT much faster to be naked-eye noticeable when compared with the iPhone 6 Plus. Still, it uses less power, and that’s always a + in my notes (yeah, still using paper).
Then comes the huge screen. With its Multi-Touch, IPS technology, maxed out at 1920 x 1080p resolution at 401 ppi (iPhone 7 Plus), it seems Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has finally found its nemesis. Oh wait…
Also, the iOS 10 comes improved as well, along with an updated Messaging app and louder speakers. Add to that longer battery life (2 hours more than 6s), louder stereo speakers (than predecessors) and a slick water/splash/dust-resistant design and you’ve found yourself a…winner? Probably.
With powerful dual cameras, “flattened” home button, omitted 3.5mm headphone jack, a tad-bit faster computing power and an overall bettered external design – the iPhone 7 most certainly does not improve much on the iPhone formula, but rather stands of itself as a transitional step toward a better smartphone future for all parties included.
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