Seven things we like about the iPhone 7
Time has passed, and after innumerable leaks, the iPhone 7 range has finally been unveiled by Apple. To give you a quick recap, these two new phones aren’t very different from the previous models in terms of looks, but they kick in a highly advanced processor and a number of other additions, including a fresh set of cameras, that enhance their appeal furthermore.
Now there are also some disappointing aspects to this new smartphone lineup. For starters, Apple has decided to eschew the universally approved headphone jack. Plus wireless charging and a larger battery are things that still elude the iPhone range. But we’re here to look only at the exciting new features that the devices offer. Let’s get going with the list then.
– Water resistance
Various tests have proven that previous-gen iPhones are pretty water resistant as they are. We’re not sure then why Apple never decided to advertise this. However, this year around, they have chosen to let everyone know that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be used while it’s raining. And in fact, they can also survive under 1 meter of water for a duration of 30 minutes.
However, Apple describes the devices to be ‘splash, water, and dust resistant’ which means it’s better if you play safe, and don’t immerse them in water. One more thing to note here is that charging while the handset is wet is also a bad idea, as any kind of damage due to water will not be covered under warranty.
– So long 16GB iPhones
It’s been years since fans have been collectively requesting Apple to upgrade the base storage model to anything above 16GB. The call has been heard, and 32GB is the new base standard, with the price of the entry-level variant remaining the same.
The iPhone 7 range will be sold in the form of 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models, which is another big surprise, as the 64GB variant is nowhere to be seen. We doubt many will opt for the 256GB variant, but with it Apple has certainly upped the game and raised the eyebrows of other manufacturers. Of course, they still have the one the thing that Apple doesn’t – microSD card slots.
– A fresh and powerful processor as always
Apple has named its new chip the A10 Fusion. It is the first ever by the company to have a quad core CPU. Now, with the previous-gen dual core CPUs being more than enough for demanding tasks, what will the iPhone 7 models be doing with the two extra cores? They’ll mostly be saving battery life.
Let us explain, the A10 Fusion kicks in two high‑performance cores and two high‑efficiency cores. The former units are capable of running twice as fast as the ones on the iPhone 6, while the high‑efficiency cores are able to run at one-fifth the power of the high‑performance cores, giving the new devices the longest battery life ever in an iPhone.
– The cameras though
Now there’s a lot to speak about here. To start with, the iPhone 7 range still gives you 12MP images, but it has a slightly upgraded sensor that’s 60 percent faster and 30 percent more battery friendly. There’s a quad LED flash as well, but a more eye grabbing feature is the flicker sensor which notices the flicker in your videos, caused by artificial lighting, and intelligently removes it.
On the iPhone 7, you get just one camera with optical image stabilization built in. The lens aperture has been upgraded to f/1.8 which means more brightness for your low-light photos and videos. 4K videos are of course possible with this shooter.
Speaking about the much discussed dual camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus, it integrates two 12MP sensors, with one bearing a wide-angle lens and the other, a telephoto. This assembly allows 2x optical zoom, which means you’ll be zooming in without losing any quality. And plus, if you wish to zoom further, you can do that up to 10x, and the quality is four times better since you’re starting with 2X optical zoom.
The front camera receives an upgrade as well. It’s now a 7MP FaceTime unit with software stabilization in tow. RAW image support has finally been developed by Apple, and it’s coming to the iPhone 7 range.
– Speakers have gone stereo
For audiophiles, the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack was a huge letdown, but a pleasantly surprising announcement at the iPhone 7 launch event was the presence of stereo speakers on the two new models. Android phones from HTC and other companies have shown us the brilliance of this particular attribute, and it’s hence great to see dual stereo speakers making their way into iPhones.
The earpiece doubles up as one speaker and the regular grill at the bottom also sends audio your way to complete the stereo effect. This speaker setup is two times louder than the one on the iPhone 6S, and there’s of course a bump in sound quality.
– Home button doesn’t press anymore
Rumors had indicated that there will be some changes done to the Home button, but few had expected that this will be the case. The iPhone 7 range sports a Home button that doesn’t actually get pressed, but a haptic engine simulates the effect that makes you feel that it is being pressed.
Similar to the Force Touch functionality on other Apple products, this trait is really something exciting. Especially because it’s sensitive to force as well, just like the 3D Touch display from last year’s phones, that has also made its way to the iPhone 7 range by the way. And the fingerprint scanner still sits on the Home button; that’s not going anywhere soon.
– Jet black is the new black
Now if you were expecting blue, red and orange shades, you’ll be disappointed, but the iPhone 7 has finally brought back the black color. The new hues include a Black model which comes with a matte surface, and a Jet Black variant which features a smooth aluminum surface. Be warned though that the latter is extremely prone to scratches and this comes directly from Apple’s own mouth.
The company itself has recommended a case for those who end up buying this version of the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. And if you indeed wish to buy the Jet Black model, you’ll only be able to get the 128GB and 256GB options, since the 32GB version is not available in this shade.
Well, those are all the features about the iPhone 7 range that we love. The two handsets will go on pre-order tomorrow, while their official release date has been set for September 16. October 7 is when the devices will be made available in India.
As for the prices, the iPhone 7 with its 4.7-inch display will be made available at $649 (32GB), $749 (128GB) or $849 (256GB), whereas the iPhone 7 Plus with its 5.5-inch display will be seen going for $769 (32GB), $869 (128GB) or $969 (256GB).