Image by photographer Benjamin Lowy taken using the iPhone 7 Plus
Image courtesy of Bloomberg Technology
It’s been 14 days since Apple unveiled the newest members of the iPhone family: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Just a few months prior to Apple’s big launch, the internet was teeming with rumors, speculations, and opinions about the newest iPhone, which was sparked by leaked photographs and videos from various sources. Even the iPhone 7s release date was under speculation, like a big mystery that everyone on the internet wanted to unravel.
Rumors turned to facts
No headset jack
One of the biggest controversies about the latest iPhone model is Apple’s decision to remove the headset jack. Although it is understandable that the company made this move to make the iPhone 7 waterproof and much more sturdy than its predecessors, this opened up a lot of questions for apple and non-apple users alike. Many speculated that this move by Apple was also to push for the use of wireless AirPods.
Many, like IGN’s Lewis Leong, still feel apprehensive about Apple’s decision to remove the headset jack. “We might not miss it in a couple of years as wireless headphones become more common, but the world isn’t quite ready yet.” Shares Lewis, in his latest review of the iPhone7, which was released on September 19, 2016. Aneri Pattani of CNBC.com mirrors this observation on her latest article about how Apple may have jumped the gun with AirPods.
The good news is that Apple includes a pair of Lightning-equipped EarPods (same design as previous Apple earphones, except for the lightning port) and a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter with the iPhone 7. This gives users the option of using the earphones that come with the package or their personal choice of earphones, which is especially handy for those who are very particular about audio quality.
Incredible storage capacity – depending on the model you choose!
The iPhone 7 has 3 models based on storage capacity: 32gb, 128gb and 256gb. Pricing increases accordingly depending on storage size.
The table above from Kelly Hodgkins of iPhoneHacks.com provides you with a good comparison of the different iPhone 7 units based on their storage capacity. She shares some good insights on what you should consider in selecting a model based on its storage capacity.
Cutting edge camera on the iPhone 7 Plus
Professional Photographer, Benjamin Lowy, had the opportunity to test out Apple’s iPhone 7 plus. Benjamin took the iPhone 7 plus around New York City to test out the features of the camera that Apple had been boasting about.
Bloomberg Technology shares the photos that Benjamin took, along with a video review. Benjamin was amazed with the lens on the iPhone 7 Plus, along with its incredible storage capacity (he was using the 256gb model). He also loved the App store’s line up of editing programs that allows you to edit photos without having to wait to be in front of your computer to do it.
Benjamin mentioned some nuisances to the interface, such as how the iPhone 7 Plus zooms by itself when you’re trying to expose the slider, because the controls are too close to one another. He also mentioned some issues with the color of the photos turning pink and brown due to underexposure. But overall, he was satisfied with the camera lens on the iPhone 7 plus and the photographs he took showcase just how good they are.
Same old design
The iPhone 7 looks like… well, an iPhone! Apple didn’t make any major changes of the iPhone 7’s design. In fact, removing the home button has made it look more like a generic phone. The good news is that the iPhone 7 comes in several colors: silver, gold, rose gold, black and jet black.
But the truth is that looks aren’t that important when it comes to phones. Having a sleek design is a definite advantage, but you can always make your phone better looking with the right accessories. Just like the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus accessories available at HLC Wholesale.
It’s still too early to truly come to an objective review of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. We can just sit back and wait for more feedback from tech experts and users on their view of Apple’s newest iPhone. But overall, we can say that it all boils down to proper setting of expectations.
The iPhone 7 series is simply an upgraded version of its predecessors. This is not a bad thing at all, because like with any new product, you expect things to get better or have new features that sets it apart from the last model or series. It is important to note what the iPhone 7 is NOT, however. It is not a revolutionary new product from Apple. But it does live up to the grandeur that Apple has created over the past few months. We just need to wait and see what the other reviews can uncover over the next few months for a more objective opinion on the iPhone 7 series.