iPhone 7: Should you upgrade?

Kendel Tatsak


The main talking point of the new iPhone 7 has been its lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack, but what else on the phone is new?

What have always shined most in Apple’s iPhones are their sheer speed and processing power. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus feature an A10 fusion 64-bit quad core processor. The CPU is said to be 40 percent faster than those in the previous iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.  

The traditional headphone jack was excluded to make room for a bigger battery, stereo speakers, a new home button that is no longer mechanical; and to make the phone water-resistant.

The new iPhones should have up to two hours more battery life than their previous versions. Instead of one mono internal speaker, there are now two: one at the top and bottom of the phone. The home button has been replaced with one that does not actually click anymore, but simulates a click through a small vibration. Apple have also said that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can stay underwater up to one meter deep for about 30 minutes and still remain functional.

The absence of a traditional headphone jack has been enough for many consumers to immediately dismiss the iPhone, but what has Apple done to make up for the change? Well, first of all, each iPhone will come with a pair of wired EarPods that will plug directly into the lightning port.

There will also be an adapter provided to let you use any traditional 3.5mm headphones with the lightning port. (This is more than the newest MacBook could claim, which replaced the traditional USB port with two USB-C ports and did not provide an adapter free of charge.)

I personally don’t use headphones with my phone often, but if you’re constantly listening to music this could be a huge detriment. Having a dongle always plugged into your charging port will not only make for a clunky user experience, but it also adds another point of failure. If these adapters are anything like the lightning cables Apple manufactures, it’ll have an average lifespan of just a few months before you have to buy another one. This is a puzzling and somewhat disappointing move from Apple, which has always had sleek design as a top priority in the past.

If you can look past the headphone-jack blunder, this is a more than modest improvement from Apple’s previous iPhone. From the iPhone 5 up until the 6s, the default storage capacity was 16GB and you would have to shell out $100 extra to get up to 32GB. This new installment of iPhones will be the first time that 32GB is the smallest storage capacity, and I think that’s something to celebrate. With the iPhone 6s introducing a 12-megapixel camera and the new Live Photos feature (a feature that records 1.5 seconds before and after a picture is taken) storage was a major problem, almost making the upgrade to 32GB a must.

With all things considered, except the removal of the headphone jack, this seems like another solid advancement from Apple. So why did they remove the headphone jack? Well, your guess is as good as mine.

There was an equal amount of outrage when they replaced their almost decade-old 30-pin charging cable with the current lightning cable, but that turned out to be short-lived. The headphone jack will likely never come back, so in five years maybe we’ll see other companies follow suit and tethered headphones will become a relic of the past.


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