By Anudeep Deevi.
The iPhone 7 is Apple’s most recent generation of smartphones that strives to introduce new features that will revolutionize the future of mobile technology. Available since September 16th, the iPhone 7 contains many new and unique specifications that have both intrigued the masses, as well as raised some eyebrows. It has stirred up as much controversy as praise from a multitude of smart device users, from Apple to Android. In this article, I will point out the iPhone 7’s features, possible issues users might have with the device, and Apple’s reaction to all of the criticism.
First of all, let’s look at what Apple has to offer in its newest iPhone. The design of the iPhone 7 includes a new black and jet black color finish, in addition to the standard silver, rose gold, and gold. This iPhone 7 is also said to be the very first water resistant phone, protecting “against spills, splashes, and even dust.” Apple even has claimed to have revolutionized the home button. Moving on to the actual size of the device, the iPhone 7 measures 5.44 inches in length, with a 4.7” HD Retina display, while the iPhone 7 Plus is a whopping 6.23 inches in length with a 5.5” HD Retina display. The iPhone 7 Plus actually dwarfs the Samsung S5 (only 5.59”) which is ironic considering Samsung’s reputation for large phones. Regarding the camera, the iPhone 7 contains the standard 12 megapixel camera that the iPhone 6 has. The real change in the camera, however, can be seen in the iPhone 7 Plus, which bolsters a dual lens camera that offers both optical zoom (2x) and a more in depth digital zoom (10X) than the iPhone 7’s camera (only 5x). The iPhone 7 and 7 plus both have the same Retina HD display capabilities of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are both powered by the Apple A10 fusion chip with an embedded M10 co-processor. “On the new Geekbench 4.0 test (an evaluation of the speed of a mobile device) the iPhone 7 managed a single-core score of 3,425 and a multi-core score of 5,510. By comparison, the iPhone 6S scored 2,443 for single-core and 4,037 for multi-core. That means the iPhone 7 is 40% faster on the single-core test, and 36% faster on the multi-core test.” Finally, the most noticeable change to the iPhone is the removal of the headphone jack, and the introduction of Air Pods, Apple’s wireless headphones that allow users to listen to music without the worry of tangled headphone cables.
Now, with all of these new features, there has been a large section of the population that has criticized Apple for the lack of more new features, and even stating how some of the new features are actually detrimental. One of the most vocal arguments against the iPhone 7 is the removal of the headphone jack. Many people feel that this step toward “originality” is actually a terrible idea. While the included headphones may connect to the lightning port directly, the included Lightning to 3.5mm adapter may allow the user to plug in any headphones that they want and also be able to use the aux cord, there is still the issue of wanting to listen to music while charging the phone. While advocates of Apple may say that Air Pods would circumvent this problem by allowing the user to listen to music while charging, they are forgetting the fact that Air Pods are not included in the iPhone set upon purchase, and on their own, cost about $160 and give at most 5 hours of listening time. Not to mention that the adapter itself will cost $9 if a user were to lose it. Another complaint is about the pure aesthetics of the device. Critics say that the iPhone 7 looks almost exactly like the iPhone 6 Plus with the only difference being the location of the antenna bar – the iPhone 7’s being above the camera while the iPhone 6’s being below the camera.
Another complaint is that the neither the iPhone 7 nor the iPhone 7 Plus have any features that users have requested. Some of these features include wireless charging, longer battery life, and other such features that other phones of the market have had for more than a year. One final complaint is the disparity between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Not only are both phones different in size, they also differ in some features. The iPhone 7 Plus has the dual lens camera with a 3GB RAM, while the iPhone 7 only has a single lens camera with only a 2GB RAM. Some have said that this will force users to pay more money for the iPhone 7 Plus because that is the phone with more features.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are both examples of ingenious new features, coupled with minimal changes to the older model and unnecessary changes that otherwise hamper the user experience. However, I would like to give my two cents on the issue. In my opinion, the iPhone 7 is not a total disaster. The new feature of the dual lens camera is a phenomenal improvement to the standard single lens camera, providing two types of zoom as well as more depth perception, allowing for better quality of photos taken. Also the Apple A10 chip has a noticeable improvement over the A9 chip.
However, there is a lot of room for improvement. First of all, the elimination of the headphone jack was not a good idea, as it restricts the versatility of the device, and limits the user’s actions, whether it being listening to music while phone is charging, or listening to music while trying to upload files from your phone to your computer. Also the iPhone 7 lacks some key features that many other phones (sometimes cheaper) have, such as wireless charging. While it maybe too late for the iPhone 7, one can wish that Apple will take the user input seriously during the production of the iPhone 8, and create the best phone for any user – from the savvy businessman who has to maintain multiple phone calls at a time, to the college student who may use his phone to record his teachers lectures and wants to upload them onto his/her phone for later reference, to the average Joe who wants something to call and text while also trying out the new Apple version of Mario.