Every year Apple introduces a new iPhone and every year there’s a race to attack it. Apple consistently out performs, out engineers, and out innovates competitors, but this is largely ignored by professional tech journalists and those seeking to jump on the anti-Apple bandwagon.
The iPhone 7 reveal wasn’t exciting because it wasn’t new information
The ironclad secrecy of Apple doesn’t exist anymore and hasn’t for many years. Outside of detailed technical specs, most Apple hardware reveals are leaked months before the Apple Event. Therefore, reveals are not to learn about anything new, exciting, or revolutionary, but to confirm the leaks and see what was missed.
Of course, there’s nothing to be excited about if you already know what’s going to be revealed.
No plot twist or after credits scene is exciting if you know what is going to be shown before you watch the movie.
Even though we knew nearly everything Apple was going to reveal, that doesn’t make it boring
If you’re a runner or a swimmer the Apple Watch Series 2 is an amazing upgrade. If you want to just try the Apple Watch out, the Series 1 has a lower entry price and upgraded CPU, plus the original should be dirt cheap on the used/refurbished markets.
The iPhone 7 it a technical marvel and gave amazing insight into the next iPhone in 2017. No clickable Home Button, gives users a year to get used to it going away permanently as the next iPhone will likely be all glass and work like the Apple Watch with Force Touch and swipes controlling the phone. The performance, camera, etc. will all be refined.
The removal of the 3.5mm jack is a good and necessary thing
Most people use Bluetooth Headsets and handsfree devices in their car. The technology is very mature and Apple is trying to get us prepared for a wireless future just like they did when they removed the CD drive from Macs and got us use to smaller, more advanced ports with lightening and USB-C.
As history has proven time and time again, the faux outrage and bandwagoning complaints will wither away in less than a year as other manufactures also adapt and follow Apple. Then we’ll all miraculously wonder how we ever lived without the standard Apple set.
The best iPhone ever built isn’t just cliche’
Sure it looks similar to the previous iPhone which has kinda been the pattern.
The original iPhone’s design pretty much stuck around until the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4’s design petty much stayed the same until the iPhone 6. So if the pattern holds and it has, the iPhone 6’s design should stick around until the iPhone 8.
More important is what the iPhone 7 can do. Apple managed to increase the CPU Speed and GPU speed by over 50 percent, upgraded the cameras significantly, as well as nearly all the specs like LTE 450mbps, an additional speaker, and more while at the same time INCREASING battery life 1 – 2 hours in the same form factor.
NO ONE has pulled a similar feat and from pure engineering standards what Apple did was remarkable. Meanwhile, the latest and greatest from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 7, is being recalled because of shoddy engineering.
So should you upgrade?
That question is subjective. Always has been.
- If you’re a techie and must have the latest and greatest, you’re going to upgrade anyway, complaints and all.
- If you only need your phone to be a phone with light internet and social media, truth be told, you’d be fine with an iPhone 5. I know people who still have an iPhone 4S. The best phone of that form-factor hands down is the iPhone SE though.
That leaves everyone else. The every other year upgrade cycle mostly remains true.
- If you have an iPhone 6, upgrade.
- If you have an iPhone 6S, it depends on what you’re looking for. More performance? Better Battery life? Better Camera? The iPhone 7 more than exceeds expectations.
- However, if you own a 6S and you think it’s fast enough, you’re OK with battery life, and the camera doesn’t matter to you, then the iPhone 7 won’t make you lose any sleep.
The point is, if you’re not upgrading purely because you’re listening to the echo chamber and don’t think there’s anything “new” or “amazing” about the iPhone 7, then you are a victim of falling prey to the anti Apple hype crowd.
The iPhone 7 is the best smartphone on the market period, followed by the iPhone 6S, then maybe the Samsung Galaxy S7 or iPhone 6.
It’ll be nearly a year before anyone catches up with the iPhone 7 and by then, a few months later the next iPhone will be out.
So in the end it comes down to your budget and or tech buying habits, but DO NOT believe ANYONE trying to tell you that lack of an OLED screen or 3.5mm jack makes the iPhone 7 a “failed” device. ESPECIALLY when the former isn’t that big of an enhancement for most users and the latter Apple still provides a free adapter in the box and replacement adapters for 9 dollars for those who aren’t ready to make the transition.
Yeah the AirPods, though they’re a technical marvel and I can’t wait to see how the technology evolves, they look weird. Check out the pics below.