Apple iPhone 7 Specs and Thoughts
This afternoon, or morning depending on which side of the coast you roam on, Apple had its annual 'Its a stick up, gimmie all your money' conference, and finally revealed the specs to the much talked about iPhone 7. Finally we have the information we've been sniffing out for the past few months. Let's dive right into it.
The iPhone 7 brings upgrades to the camera, home button, and processor, and also boasts some physical changes. Barely. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will come in 5 colors, and not feature an earphone jack. Apple is pushing the wireless headphone agenda, and will be releasing their own wireless earbuds after the phone launches. This means that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will not come with wireless headphones. Instead it will come with the lightning adapter allowing you to plug your 3.5 mm headphones into it, or use the traditional wired headphones that come along with the packaging. The wireless ear buds that Apple plans to launch are hideous, but that's another story for another day. The iPhone 7 and 7 plus will have 3 size choices; 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. I know, some had the slim hope that Apple would finally allow upgradable storage via SD mini, but.. yeah right.
Let's pop the hood on this new toy. The iPhone 7 is powered by Apple's A10 Fusion. The A10 Fusion is comprised of a 64-bit 4 core CPU. This makes the iPhone 7 40 percent faster than the A9 on the 6s and double the speed of the A8. The iPhone 7 also brings a significant boost in graphical performance. Overall, this new iPhone isn't a huge leap past the iPhone 6s, but is a significant step ahead. At the press conference, they used a few different new mobile games to show off the increase in power and the bump up in graphics.
Yes, better late than never. The iPhone 7 is, in fact, water resistant. The iPhone 7 has an IPX67 rating, which means the device can withstand up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. No deep sea diving, but if you drop your phone in the toilet its not the end of the world.
The camera on the iPhone 7 is overall, a leap over the iPhone 6. The lens is f/1.8, which is going to give you much more light for your lens and equally better quality pictures especially in low light settings, while also giving you a sharper picture. The camera's flash has also been altered to improve photos taken in low-light settings. The camera packs a 12MP sensor, which is 60 percent faster than its predecessor. The camera will of course be able to record in 4K.
The iPhone 7 Plus is where the camera really shines because it is packed with not one, but two 12MP lenses with one functioning as a wide angle lens. The other functions as a telephoto lens that will have the ability zoom 2X while keeping high quality.
The Home Button
The home button has been altered to be pressure based, and basically is not much of a 'button' anymore. This may take some time to get used to, but it's a needed move especially to enhance the phone's new water resistance trait. Instead of the familiar button push, the new home button is geared towards your touch using a system based on vibrations to guide you. You may find yourself accidentally touching the button too soft, or too hard at times, but with time you'll adjust to the new button. The good outweighs the bad. No more will we have to worry about buttons jamming, and as I mentioned before, water resistance.
These are the overall specs of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Is it worth making the jump from your current phone? If you have a 6 Plus, that may be tough to answer. Are you due for an upgrade? If so, I'd say go right ahead and grab the next best thing. If you have an iPhone 5, then this is absolutely the time to jump ship, and grab the best iPhone to date. All in all, the iPhone 7 isn't a grand new model of iPhone and in fact, looks nearly identical to the iPhone 6. What this new device brings is more of an upgrade in power; similar to if you were upgrading your current computer with a new graphics card. If you already have the 6, and certainly if you already have the 6 plus, there isn't much new here. This is merely an upgrade in power, and a much better camera although still arguably trailing behind Samsung's Note 7 camera. The added power is great but ultimately not needed at this point in time. There is nothing out on the app store that your current iPhone 6 cannot handle and that isn't changing anytime soon. I know, water resistance, but if this was really a big issue for you I am sure you'd have an Android by now. As time goes on, I'll come back to these thoughts and once again reflect on the iPhone 7 and its impact on the scene as it begins to roll out in the coming weeks. Peace.