iPhone 7 and 7 Plus came out on September 16th 2016, with a new color some new internal and external changes that Apple hopes will allow it to stay in the smartphone game a little longer. They’ve changed a few major things like; camera, performance, & design. but the question is have they changed it enough, or have they kept the “apple fans” satisfied?
“iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems. The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colorful iPhone display. Splash and water resistance.1 And it looks every bit as powerful as it is. This is iPhone 7.” – Apple
One of things that Apple does best is performance and they’ve done it again with the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. Apple’s A-Series processors are usually the most devastating hit to other smartphones when a new iPhone comes out and this one is no exception. Apple’s A10 processor is no slouch with a 2.34GHz clock speed. There is also a new GPU inside this phone with 6-cores. The iPhone 7 plus has been given a little bit of a boost over its little brother the iPhone 7 with 3GB instead of 2GB of RAM.
“It runs on 2.34GHz, which is among the highest clocks we’ve seen, but it also offers the best performance right now. The new A10 core offers double the processing power of the Snapdragon 820’s Kryo (OnePlus 3) and Cortex-A72 (Honor 8), and 40% increase over the Twister CPU core inside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.” -GSMArena Team – October 12th, 2016
The difference in speed is incredible, but probably unnoticeable to someone that is coming from a iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. On GeekBench, the multi-core score from the iPhone 7 comes in at 5,664, while the closest Android phone comes in a little lower at 5,547 which is not, by the way, a Samsung, LG, HTC, or Sony Smartphone. The surprising thing is that Samsung S7 Edge on a multi-core score comes in at 4,128 on GeekBench and a much cheaper Android smartphone (the One Plus 3) is right behind it with a score of 4,045. The place where Apple shines the greatest is on the single core score though.
DEVICE SINGLE-CORE MULTI-CORE
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus 3,450 5,664
Samsung S7 Edge 1,744 4,128
Huawei P9 1,729 5,547
OnePlus 3 1,698 4,045
People always complain about the prices of smartphones (especially Apples) and they are right, smartphones are expensive, but at least with Apple’s iPhones you get what you pay for and you know that your getting the best.
The camera has been improved again this year also. Its pretty much a given now that each year every smartphone maker will improve their camera in some way. Apple decided to upgrade their cameras for better light capture. The iPhone 7 Plus has a Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture; telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture 6 lens system which provides better light than the f/2.2 aperture 5 lens system.
“This is where things get really interesting. By now you know the iPhone 7 has a single 12-megapixel camera on its back, and guess what — it’s a damned good one. That’s saying something, considering there’s been no resolution boost since last year, and the pixels on that new sensor haven’t gotten bigger either. And yet the photos they capture come out significantly better; there wasn’t a big difference in how much detail was captured, but colors looked more vibrant and true to life than on the iPhone 6s Plus.” – Chris Velazco @ Engadget on September 13th 2016
And finally the design, now as I said Apple does design like no other and I could tell you all about the new water and dust resistant design of the iPhone 7, or I could just tell you that it is going to be nice dropping in liquid and not having a heart attack when it happens. instead I will tell you all about the camera hump on the back and the Headphone jack, or the lack thereof. They have removed one thing and not another, seems like they should have done the opposite. Removed the camera hump on the back, and kept the headphone port. Although Apple says the camera hump can be fixed with one of its cases, which is a nice marketing move on their part. Apple said the headphone jack is taking up a lot of room and is really old technology (which it kind of is). but there were a lot of people who still use it on a daily basis and Apple knew that they would have people who would go nuts over this, even people who would no longer buy their phone because of it. They done it before though with disc drives and floppy discs.
All in all, Apple has made a new phone for the new year and only time will really tell what the customers think about the new phone. Sure people will get angry, some will promise never to buy another phone of theirs ever again, but what Apple needs to figure out is even if this phone is the greatest phone in history, which its definitely not, what comes next?