Apple’s iPhone 7, which was released in early September and launched in mid-September, is the newest and most improved iPhone, with a significantly longer battery life, a new color, faster processors and better water resistance.
One eminent feature of iPhone 7 is the water resistance, which was implemented through taking away the headphone jack and the “real” home button. The new home button is pressure sensitive and meant to mimic the previous home button. Taking away the headphone jack, with pros and cons, also improved the better water resistance.
“It’s not right,” sophomore Mikella Coradeghini said. “Apple should have left the jack the way it was, and instead focused on improving other things, like a three-way Facetime feature; it’s what people actually want.”
Apple designed wireless, bluetooth headphones and a Lightning adapter in place of the jack. Stereo speakers were also installed at the top and bottom of the phone.
“Based on the headphones’ size, I think they would be lost very quickly,” sophomore Marcella Britto said.
A new color, jet black was added to the spectrum of optional colors for the iPhone 7. Jet black has a glossy finish, while the black, silver, gold and rose gold have a shinier matte-like texture. The screen sizes of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remain the same as the previous iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, respectively. On the surface the two phones look very similar, but there are few visual differences.
Another preeminent and new feature is the dual camera, added to the iPhone 7 Plus. In addition to the first 28mm wide-angle lens, the iPhone 7 Plus has a second 56mm lens, which was added for improved optical zoom.
Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have a 50 percent brighter LED flash, compared to previous iPhone models, plus a renovated 7-megapixel Facetime camera in HD with a new sensor and stabilization technology for a better front-camera.
A faster processor has been added to the new iPhone. Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus use the same processor, the A10 Fusion Chip. The previous chip in the 6 and 6s phones was an A9 Chip. LTE, a form of wireless communication, is three-times faster than the iPhone 6.
“Speed is probably the most important feature to me, especially in texting, so that’s a major plus for Apple.” Britto, commented.
The price went up $100 from the 6s to the 7, and then $120 from the 6s Plus, to the 7 Plus. The iPhone 6s is $549 and the price for the iPhone 7 is $649. The iPhone 6s Plus is $649 and the price of the iPhone 7 Plus is $769.
“If I can get, basically, the same thing with the iPhone 6s, I don’t see the point in getting the new phone,” Coradeghini said.
Apple expects the iPhone 7 to sell exponentially, and the Apple stock is expected to rise 20 percent over the next 12 months, according to CNBC.