Buying the new iPhone is like buying new socks. You have to do it eventually, but is it really worth it? (Probably. You don't want to be walking around with holes in your socks or cracks on your screen.)
We’ve compared the new kid on the block (the iPhone 7) with its predecessor (the iPhone 6s) to see whether the latest Apple creation has significantly upgraded its specs, design and features, and which of the two handsets is the best. Let’s dive in!
A certain number of things have changed between the iPhones 6s and 7. Some may say the specs have improved, some may say otherwise, but arguably the most opinion-splitting alteration is the removal of the headphone jack on the latest model.
Whereas the iPhone 6s, like all other previous iPhones, has featured a traditional audio jack for plug-in headphones, the iPhone 7 offers an innovative alternative. Encouraging users to listen either through the lightning port or via wireless headphones such as the Apple AirPods. However, this new function might have put some customers off, one of their fears being the fact that it’s impossible to listen to music and charge the phone at the same time.
But as Apple have shown before, they do shape the technology of the future; it’s quite probable you’ll have to get used to this adaption over time as more and more manufacturers follow in Apple’s footsteps. But unless you’re truly unhappy with your current listening habits, this change is unlikely to be the only reason you decide to buy an iPhone 7.
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The camera on the iPhone 7 is perhaps a more viable reason to upgrade. One significant improvement is the addition of anti-shake stability technology, resulting in crisper, less blurry pictures. What’s more, the flash now features double LED lights, which can stop photos looking unnaturally bright and allow more colours to be picked up in low light settings.
Another major reason to switch phones could be the iPhone 7’s water-resistant nature. The phone is able to withstand a decent amount of water exposure, including being used underwater for up to 30 minutes – a fairly impressive advancement, which finally brings Apple handsets to the same level as Samsung devices, which have been sporting IP68 ratings since the beginning of this year.
The newly incorporated Taptic engine of the iPhone 7, which relies on haptic feedback, means the home button ceases to exist – at least in a physical way. Instead, the user receives a vibration to indicate the button has been pressed. But is this Taptic system really worth it?
It depends. On the one hand, the haptic feedback is particularly enticing for online gamers and serial app enthusiasts, as it generates an in-play feel to the experience, such as enjoying that nice clicky sensation every time you send a WhatsApp message.
On the other, it doesn’t add anything practical in terms of the phone’s specs. The iPhone 7 retains the TouchID fingerprint security as there was on the iPhone 6s for anyone using Apple Pay or other secure online systems. So not only is there nothing especially new, the Taptic engine may also take some time to get accustomed to.
The design of the iPhone 7 is not world-shatteringly different to its older sibling. It remains the same size as the iPhone 6s, keeping its aluminium castings and curved sides. The only real difference is the removal of the antenna bands on the back, which many had criticised for not being particularly aesthetically pleasing – the new iPhone now has a much more seamless, sleek look.
To further interest, Apple has introduced a new handset colour, the now famous jet black. The iPhone 6s didn’t have a black option, sticking to gold and silver, and the new colour has already proven to be an incredible success. (It’s truly beautiful, honestly.)
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In regards to price, the iPhone 7 starts at £599 for the basic 32GB version, which is a bump up from the 16GB standard of the iPhone 6s – now thankfully a thing of the past. You would have to cough out up £100 or £200 more for the 128 and 256GB variations respectively. If you were to buy a brand new iPhone 6s it would cost £499, which is not that much of a saving.
Or if you’re considering an upgrade, trading in an iPhone 6s in good condition could return you £290, at least taking some strain off the piggy bank!
There are not any massive differences between these two phones that are going to revolutionise the way we use our phones or communicate. However, the improved specs such as a speed increase on the iPhone 7 (the CPU power has doubled in the A10 Fusion chip!) does offer some endorsement to choose the newest incarnation.
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