A couple of days back one of the most anticipated events in the mobile industry took place – the unveiling of the new iPhones. Just like last year, Apple unveiled not one, but two new phones – the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 plus. Apple has made a few upgrades, some are subtle and others are major. If you have an old iPhone and want to upgrade to a new iPhone 7, then here’s our list of TOP9 reasons to do so.
Design and Color Options
There is a very small difference in terms of design between iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s. The Antennas are now placed around the top and bottom edges which gives the phone a slightly more polished look. Though it has a slightly bigger camera bump as compared to the previous version, it does not lessen the beauty of the device. The latest iPhone comes with two new color options – Black and Jet Black, along with the usual Silver, Gold and Rose Gold paint jobs.
The iPhone 7 is IP67 certified (a first for an iPhone), which means it is water and dust resistant. As per the certification it can survive for up to 30 mins when submerged under 1 meter of water. However, we would advise against it as liquid damage is not covered under warranty.
Though Apple did not disclose the size of the battery inside the new iPhone 7, they are claiming that it will last 2 hours more than the iPhone 6s.
Though it retains the same display size (4.7 inches) and resolution (750 x 1334 pixels), the new iPhone 7 has more color (unspecified amount) because of its wide color gamut display. Apple also claims that the new display is 25% brighter.
Performance has never been an issue with the iPhones, and it looks like the trend will continue. Apple has equipped the iPhone 7 with a new-generation A10 Fusion chip. It features a quad-core CPU with two high-performance cores and two power-saving ones. To compare, the iPhone 6s was launched with an A9 chip that has a dual core CPU. Apple claims the A10 chip is 40% faster than the A9 chip. There is also a new GPU. It has six-cores and is 50% faster than the A9’s GPU.
Apple has decided not to sell the latest iPhone with 16GB storage capacity. Instead, the base model will now have 32GB of inbuilt storage (non-expandable). Personally, I think it’s a great decision as such a premium phone demands to have a bigger storage space.
The iPhone 7 has an updated 12MP camera. The camera features optical image stabilization, f/1.8 six-element lens and quad-LED (dual tone) flash. This should result in excellent low light images. Apple claims that the sensor is 60% faster and 30% more efficient than the previous one. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the front-facing camera was upgraded to 7MP. It can record videos in 1080P (Full HD) and has auto image stabilisation. The iPhone 6s has a 5MP front-facing camera and records 720p (HD) video.
Speakers and Headphones
The new iPhone sports stereo speakers at the top and bottom as compared to the single bottom speaker of the iPhone 6s. Apple says it is 2x louder than the iPhone 6s. Apple has made a bold decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. You will now have to plug in the headphones through the lightning port. The retail box includes new EarPod headphones with lightning cable as well as a 3.5mm to Lightning port adapter. The only drawback is that you can’t listen to music while the phone is on charging, unless you have a pair of Bluetooth headphones.
The new “Home” button is pressure sensitive and uses haptic feedback, just like the MacBook Force Touch trackpad. The iPhone 6s had a physical Home button that required clicking.
PS: We will cover the iPhone 7 Plus in a different article.
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