Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year that Apple executives get up on stage and unveil the latest and greatest iPhone. But is this year’s iPhone 7 really all that great? More specifically, is it worth upgrading to the new iPhone 7 from an iPhone 6S. That’s exactly the question I aim to answer for those of you out there with an iPhone 6S in your pocket.
It’s always tempting when Apple unveils a new iPhone. It’s new and shiny and Apple is very good at making you feel as if you need the new iPhone in order to survive. But when you take a look at the specs and new features of the device, a lot of the time you will find that it’s just not worth all that extra money to upgrade. After all, these things ain’t cheap. On the other hand, though, sometimes the new iPhone is worth the upgrade. In the case of the iPhone 7, it really depends on what you value and if you’ve got a little extra money to burn.
First off, let’s take a gander at the specs of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. They are as follows;
- 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch display (720p or 1080p)
- Apple A10 Fusion processor
- 3GB of RAM
- 12 MP rear camera (dual 12 MP cameras on the 7 Plus)
- 7 MP front camera
- 1960 or 2900 mAh battery
- Stereo speakers
- iOS 10
If you know anything about smartphones then you know that specs really don’t mean all that much these days. Despite this, the iPhone 7 does have quite the nice little bump up in specs over last year’s iPhone 6S and it’s worth taking note of. The display is a little nicer, the processor is significantly faster, there’s more RAM, the cameras have improved and gained more capabilities, and the battery has gotten bigger.
What about new features? Is there anything that the iPhone 7 can do that your iPhone 6S can’t? The answer is, not really. The only real difference in features is when it comes to the camera of the iPhone 7 Plus with its dual camera set up. This set up allows the iPhone 7 Plus to get a bit of actual optical zoom when taking photos. This is opposed to the normal digital zoom that we have all become accustomed to on our smartphones. Optical zoom allows you to zoom in on a subject without the photo becoming more blurry and pixelated like when using digital zoom.
Now let’s get into the meat of what separates the iPhone 7 from its predecessor. First, there is the IP67 rating that the iPhone 7 has. What this means is that the iPhone 7 is both water and dust resistant. Then there is arguably the biggest change to the iPhone 7 from the 6S…the lack of a headphone jack. Yes, the iPhone 7 doesn’t include a 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, Apple expects its users to either use a pair of Bluetooth headphones or Lightning headphones that plug right into the phones Lightning charging port. This is likely the feature that will deter most consumers from upgrading to the iPhone 7 because a lot of people love their headphone jack due to its ease of use. But don’t worry, Apple includes a pair of Lightning headphones as well as an adapter for old headphones in the box of every iPhone 7.
So, now all that all of that is said, should you upgrade to the iPhone 7 from the 6S? Well, it really depends on what you as an individual desires in a phone. If you’re completely satisfied with your iPhone 6S then maybe you’re better off waiting for next year’s iPhone as the iPhone 7 doesn’t offer any crazy new capabilities and essentially looks the same as the 6S. But if you have been waiting for the new iPhone and would like a slightly faster and more capable device then the iPhone 7 may be a worthy upgrade for you. Either way, just keep this in mind. Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and there are many rumors (which make sense) claiming that next year’s iPhone will be the big one. That will supposedly be the iPhone that gets a physical redesign and some great new features. But hey, who can be sure?