Apple announced the iPhone 7 on 7 September 2016, alongside the larger iPhone 7 Plus. The new iPhone handsets feature better cameras, new, super-speedy processors, two new color options and improved water resistance. The iPhone 7 is available to buy in the UK now, via the Apple Store and UK carriers.
But at first glance you’ll wonder what’s changed – it appears pretty much the same as an iPhone 6. I loved that design, but then I adored the layout of the iPhone 4 – that doesn’t mean I want a phone that looks like that in 2016. Still, the 6 design was good, but would any other company get away with a two-year-old look for its flagship cellphone?
Get past this and the iPhone 7 gives a unique experience among iPhones, which is both a good and bad thing. The brand new characteristics – water resistance, an incredible quad-core processor and, crucially, a 32GB starting storage capacity – are all very welcome. So is the outstanding camera that’s had the proper upgrades to make photographs look better.
- Amazing screen and speakers
- Incredible performance
- Water resistant
- Outstanding camera
- Apt Haptic engine
- Poor battery life
- Appears the same
- Where ’s the headphone jack?
What’s the difference?
Apple has mostly stuck with exactly the same exterior layout, so with regard to shape, it’s near identical to the iPhone 6 and 6 s.
Sure, there are a couple of small differences – and some bigger ones too, like the lack of a headphone jack. More on that below. The two (fairly unsightly, in our opinion) plastic channels on the back of the mobile are gone, but the general look is very much the same.
From a distance, you might find it hard to tell any of the last three generations of iPhone unless you’re discussing color, apart -, obviously.
Jet Black is brand new, helping hide the antenna sensors, but that shiny rear stands out a bit, does not it? Hopefully, it won’t be a fingerprint magnet.
There’s a matte black color alternative also – that one shouldn’t show up your greasy mitts so badly. Gold and Rose Gold shades make a reappearance too.
Go Big or Go Home
There really has been plenty of consternation about the new iPhone’s house button, which has gone all haptic in a departure from the prior incarnations and their solid click.
Even if you’re well-versed in the language of 3D Touch on the 6s, the new dwelling button is just a little bit jarring, although there are three pressure sensitivities to choose from. You’re either going to love it or you’re going to loathe it.
If it’s the latter, only wait until the iPhone 8 acreages next year – rumor has it that device will dispense with the home button entirely.
What you may love is the subtle Taptic feedback you get from typing and scrolling your way around the phone, making every thumb press feel large.
Hit the road, jack
Apple has made the iPhone louder, then, but that hasn’t drowned out the noise of millions of voices suddenly crying out in terror.
The most controversial aspect of the iPhone 7 is its ditching of the headphone jack. But if you’re not a stickler for a pristine, noise-cancelling aural encounter, then there’s little to fret about – the phone comes with the normal EarPods, this time connectable through the lightning jack.
Apple has also packaged the iPhone 7 with a headphone jack adapter, so you could use your existing cans.
However, if you’re one of the numerous people who prefer to listen to music and charge the phone at exactly the same time, you need to get another adapter. It’s all a bit complicated.
The size of the camera on the rear of the iPhone 7 has been increased, and even though it still protrudes from the back of the mobile, it bulges out more seamlessly now that Apple has removed the aluminum ring around the camera you’ll see on older examples of this design. This is one more element contributing to the clean look that Apple was chasing with the iPhone 7, and we adore the appearance of the brand new camera although it initially took some getting used to.
The iPhone 7 is also Apple’s first water resistant cell phone. Apple has waterproofed individual connections within the iPhone instead of adorning it with nasty rubber plugs and is officially calling it splash-, dust- and water-resistant, at IP67. That means you can dip it in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes, along with the smartphone should endure. Yet, it is worth nothing that this isn’t covered by Apple’s warranty, if for whatever reason it suffers water damage and you will have to fork out for a replacement/repairs yourself.
We’ve used the iPhone 7 in several wet positions, such as in the rain and answering a call in the shower, along with outright submerging it, plus it has performed rather well with no permanent problems or damage. It really is worth noting, however, that the sensitivity of the display is affected when submerged or covered in large water droplets, which really makes the mobile difficult to function when wet.
The Home button is where that improved Taptic Engine comes into play. It’s been used to enable a completely flush House button, that is really not a button at all, though it still has that familiar Touch ID ring around it. Here’s the interesting part about the new Home button – instead of physically moving up and down, pressing the brand new Residence button triggers the Taptic Engine that is intelligent to deceive your finger into believing the button is pressing down.
The Dwelling button on the iPhone 7 is strange – not necessarily bad per se, but sudden. And in a fundamental user interface software such as this one, a control you’ll be using frequently, that can be off-putting.
3 D Touch and Touch ID
This isn’t only for the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, 3D Touch has been significantly enhanced in iOS 10, and also the new features also work on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, so even in the event you don’t have the newest mobile, give them a try. There are many to remember, and updates will probably be added all the time; so the greatest advice is to difficult press down on app icons, or notifications, to see what occurs.
Here are a couple of our favorites:
- A hard press on the Message icon and you get quick access to your most commonly used contacts to a brand-new message or a shortcut.
- A tough press on the Instagram program icon and there’s rapid access to your activity page, search, or a brand new post.
- With the phone locked, hard press on any notification to see additional controls. It’s easy to answer to iMessages without unlocking your phone, for instance.
The app switcher has been a part of iOS for a little while now, and it’s easily accessible via a double-press of the Dwelling button. The attribute brings up all open apps, which you can then cycle between with a rapid swipe in either direction. With the intro of 3D Touch, there’s an alternative means to trigger this characteristic. Simply press down on the left edge of the display, and swipe toward the center to bring up your open programs. You can also switch to the past program you were using by pressing the left border, then softly swiping the app you’re on to the right.