After much discussion and many rumours, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were finally launched, and all the early adopters were queueing up to get their hands on this latest and greatest iPhone. As usual, when Apple launch a new product, the previous version drops a little in price. Since the iPhone 7 looks very similar to the iPhone 6s, which is still for sale, and is now available at a lower price, many people are asking if it’s worthwhile to buy the new model, or settle for the older one and avoid spending an extra £100.
Much has been written about the decision to drop the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, and all over social media you can find amusing pictures comparing the new cordless earphones (AirPods) with electric toothbrush heads and Snoopy the cartoon beagle’s head. Some commentators like the fact that the AirPods are cordless, so you won’t have to constantly untangle a pair of leads, and others fear that they will be easy to lose, leading one wag to ‘invent’ an iBand to hold them in place (it’s actually a wide hairband worn over the ears!) However, you can still use ordinary earphones via an adapter, and there is far more to the iPhone 7 than simply the issue of cordless earphones.
Similarities and differences
For a start, both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 are slim phones with a Home button at one end and a camera on the back. The screens are the same size and resolution, and they are both still as prone to damage from dropping as each other. Apple have still not got around to using the tougher Sapphire glass despite investing in the technology some years ago. However, the iPhone 7 is now waterproof, so it won’t drown as easily as an iPhone 6s – it can withstand immersion to a depth of 1 metre for half an hour, making a drop into a filled sink less of a disaster with the new phone.
The Home button is no longer a push button, instead it is a fixed button operating on Force Touch which imitates a button press but should increase durability. There are twin stereo speakers, giving better volume than the iPhone 6s, and a dual camera system for improved magnification on the iPhone 7 Plus (not on the standard model – this shares the same camera as the iPhone 6s).
The chipset in the iPhone 7 is the A10 Fusion, which makes this phone even faster than the already fast iPhone 6s. Apple also promise that the battery life has once again been improved, which will be a relief to users, as constant re-charging can be a bit of a chore.
Is it worth it?
So – is it worth going for the iPhone 7? The experts say that in their opinion, yes, it is. For the extra £100 you get a Force Touch Home button which increases durability, better battery life, an improved chipset giving better future-proofing. OK, so there is no headphone jack, but you do get stereo speakers. If only the screen toughness had been improved too. If you plan to order an iPhone 7, it’s a good idea to order a protective case at the same time.