Apple iPhone 7 – Is New Really Better?

Aaron Bell, Web Editor

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This month, Apple has released the two latest smartphones in the iPhone family—the 7 and 7 Plus. With new features such as stereo speakers, water/splash proofing, the removal of the home button, and—most notably—the removal of the headphone jack, this iPhone has somehow managed to be both the most controversial and static iPhone yet. But has the iPhone 7 really been upgraded?

One thing is for sure, and that’s that the iPhone has definitely undergone many changes, notably under the hood. Since the release of the iPhone 6, there has not been very much change in the aesthetics of the iPhone, other than the internalization of the antenna band on the rear of the 7/7 Plus, and also the addition of the new Jet Black color. While the outside of the phone may not appear to have changed, the internal adjustments have proven to be the most prominent. First and foremost, Apple’s new processor—the A10 chip—provides unrivaled speed compared to the previous iPhones. As Apple’s first quad-core processor, it powerfully delivers blazing speed at a score of 3400 per cell, based on Geekbench measurements. To put that into perspective, the iPhone only scored 2468 in this category per single cell. As previously mentioned, the iPhone also now water/dust resistant and has an IP67 rating, which means that any accidental drops into liquids such as water (excluding salt water and other unusual liquids) will be covered.

Besides these beneficial adjustments, there are some other changes that are proving to be not so beneficial, and quite possibly even detrimental. At the top of the list, the removal of the headphone jack has arguably been doing more bad than good to iPhone 7 owners. The Lightning port, the charging medium for the phone first implemented in the iPhone 5, is now the only port at the bottom of Apple’s latest phones. Even with the inclusion of an adapter for those who don’t own a pair of Bluetooth headphones, many have seen this change in the phone’s design to be a hassle—especially for those who like to listen to music while they charge their phone. A separate adapter must be purchased to do this. Also, many iPhone 7/7 Plus owners have noted the difficulty in operating with the new home button, which has been changed from a button to a sealed off pressure sensor. The company’s upgraded Taptic engine now simulates the physical click of a home button. However, many have had a hard time adjusting to this new system, even over the course of its debut week. The controversy continues as many more opinions on Apple’s latest step forward are surfacing— and not everyone is raving over the company’s bold leaps of faith.

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