Apple has finally pulled the curtains down on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – two phones that have been in the rumor mills for months now.
Surprisingly, most of the things that were talked about in the rumors and speculations have come to live, something that proves that Apple is no longer tight with its secret developments. Nonetheless, we all can agree that Apple has simply taken the easier way of coming in with incremental updates, with the hard work spared for next year’s iPhone 8, if indeed this will be its name. There are lots of similarities between the iPhone 7/7 Plus and iPhone 6S/6S Plus. But does it mean Apple really failed on its part to deliver an upgraded handset?
A non-biased respond would be yes and no. The company has failed by not coming in with any notable change on the looks of the phones, but on the flipside, you will enjoy the nifty changes inside as well as the camera. So, what are the differences between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus?
Design and display
Of course, many will agree that Apple’s iPhone 7 design language is more of disappointing due to the lack of major changes. In essence, those who were thrilled with the design language of the iPhone 6 will see nothing much with the new phone, meaning Apple has kept faith in the same design for the third year in a row.
Still, there are some interesting changes. For starters, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, instead, both phones have a Lightning port. The package also comes with a pair of EarPods as well as an adapter that can be used with traditional headphones. On the flip side, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus happen to be the most durable handsets Apple has ever made thanks to the IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. Apple has managed to include this feature without ditching the rigid series 7000 Aluminum that was used on last year’s iPhone 6S.
The antenna bands are no longer visible from the back, instead, we have them on the edges of the phone. The home button has also been redesigned to get rid of the physical properties of it in favor of a touch-sensitive version. As for the size, the iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch display unit, measures 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm and weighs 138g. On the other hand, the Plus model has a 5.5-inch screen size, measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm and weighs 188g. If you are keen, the measurements are the same as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, but there are some changes on the weight, with the two new models lighter than last year’s versions by 5g and 4g, respectively.
Another change in design involves the speakers, where the 2016 models come with two speakers each, one at the bottom and the other serving the same purpose as the earpiece. In terms of colors, space gray option is no more, but in its place, there are two black variants as well as silver, gold and rose gold models.
On display matters, there are indeed some notable upgrades, but there is nothing fancy. You still get the same screen sizes with 3D Touch technology on board. The smaller 4.7-inch model has an LED-backlit LCD panel with 750p resolution while the larger 5.5-inch model has a similar LCD panel with a 1080p resolution. Despite no notable changes, Apple claims that the new screens are 25% brighter than last year’s models.
Various performance tests have indicated that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are still the fastest phones around, Apple is not ready to concede this. There is a new A10 chipset for both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but there is no 3GB RAM for the latter. Both units are packed with 2GB RAM, which should be a let-down for those who were looking for more RAM in the new phone.
It gets even better as Apple has apparently upped the 4G modem of these handsets, meaning it can now manage speeds of up to 450Mbps.
In actual sense, the cameras of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are their major selling points. There are some huge improvements that photogenic people should be dying to get their hands on. The smaller model has kept a 12MP sensor, but the aperture is larger at f/1.8, there is OIS, a quad-LED flash, and ability to record 4k videos. The front snapper, on the other hand, has a better 7MP snapper with an aperture of f/2.2 and steps up the video recording capabilities from 720p to 1080p. As for the iPhone 7 Plus, the rear camera has two 12MP sensors – one has an aperture of f/1.8 while the other has f/2.8. Other than the 2x optical zoom that is added by the second lens, the rest of the camera specs remain the same as the standard iPhone, including the front-facing camera.
You will definitely enjoy the camera capabilities of the two phones, especially the larger variant.
Apple did not mention the exact capacities of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus batteries, but it highlighted the improvements in their lives. The former will offer up to 12 hours of 4G browsing and 14 hours of Wi-Fi browsing while the latter will manage 13 hours of LTE browsing and 15 hours of Wi-Fi browsing.
Charging of the two phones will take place via a Lightning Connector, which is also the same port that will be used for listening to music and data transfer.
Storage and price
While there might be so many disappointments with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, many of those who carry large files will be impressed with the changes in storage options. The 16GB variant is no more as Apple has finally made the jump to a 32GB unit for the base model. The other options have also been doubled, with the offerings now standing at 128GB and 256GB instead of 64GB and 128GB of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
The good side of the story is that this hasn’t affected the release prices of the handsets when compared to last year’s models. You still need $649 to get a 32GB iPhone 7 and $749 for a new 32GB iPhone 7 Plus. As for the other storage options of the 4.7-inch model, you need $749 for the 128GB model and 849 for the 256GB model. The iPhone 7 Plus 128GB model will cost $849 while the high-end model is valued at $949.
So, will you wait for the 2017 iPhone or get a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? Let us know your views in the comments.