It’s that time of year again: new iPhones. But the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are not like any previous Apple iPhone ‘number change’. Instead, from the outside, they look virtually identical to both the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So are they a huge let down or not?
In short: yes and no. On the downside, the leaks proved almost 100% accurateso there were no surprises on the night. But the flip side is Apple has changed a lot internally and provided a major camera overhaul to both models.
So let’s break down the key differences to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus…
Apple’s new iPhone 7 (single rear camera) and iPhone 7 Plus (dual rear cameras) are likely to be two of the biggest selling smartphones of 2016 and 2017. Image credit: Apple
Design & Size – More Durable, More Controversial
First the elephant in the room: yes, it’s disappointing that Apple has made virtually no changes to the external design of its iPhones for the third year in a row. And yes, this does make them look somewhat outdated compared to more radical designs like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7.
But changes have been made and some are significant while others are very controversial. First the big one: both models are missing a headphone jack:
iPhone 7 using an Lighting to 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor, which comes bundled in the box. Image credit: Apple
Yes Apple has done the unthinkable (though what I predicted two years ago) and fitted both the new iPhones with just a single Lightning port. Adaptors are bundled in the box, but users will now not be able to charge their iPhones and listen to music with wired headphones at the same time. This decision to going to divide a lot of users.