After much buzz going around with what is going to be the new Iphone 7, Apple has finally revealed the next generation of one of its flagship devices.
THE NEW IPHONE 7
The new Iphone 7 was revealed at the Apple Iphone Event yesterday on the 7th. 7 for 7 huh. There are major changes to the next Iphone which current Iphone users might take some time to get used to. Here are the breakdown of the changes :
THE HOME BUTTON
The new home button will feel more like a trackpad on the Macbook rather than what you see in the current Iphones. It is "force-sensitive, solid-state” and runs on a “taptic engine". That's a few bombastic terms for the layman. It is basically not a tactile button that you can press down anymore.
THE NEW DUAL CAMERAS
It has an optical image stabilizer which solves all those shaky hands problems while taking pictures or recording videos. 12 mega pixel sensor equipped with 6 elements lens which allows more light into it. Low light picture quality will be better now. Phil Shiller, the VP of hardware engineering, even claims that it is the best camera on a phone to date.
NEW TOP AND BOTTOM SPEAKERS
The stereo speakers are now placed at the top and the bottom of the phone. I personally think that this should be a standard for all phones. It makes sense as your ears are at the right and left of your head. Its kind of ridiculous to just have speakers on the bottoms, or worse, at the back of the phones.
NO MORE EARPHONES/HEADPHONE JACKS
Audiophiles such as myself, will probably frown hearing this. Apple has decided to rid of that 3.5 mm jack. Audio will either be through speakers or bluetooth compatible earphones/headphones. There are no further explanations on the type of bluetooth connectivity Iphone 7 is using. So you can assume its the generic 4.0. It will be so much better is Apple were to add Aptx technology in its bluetooth. But Apple would include an adaptor which runs from its lightning port, which you can then insert your earphones/headphones. It is doable, it's just troublesome.
THE NEW AIRPODS
Because of its bluetooth focused audio, the previous earpods will be converted to airpods. What is perplexing is these airpods will not be included in the packaging. You need to buy it separately if you want it. If you would agree with me, it looks like primitive bone earrings. Also, it cost $159. Errrr.....how about no?
You will be glad to know that this very expensive gadget where you will probably bring it with you everywhere you go, is finally water resistant. I remember getting a waterproof casing for my Iphone 5 coz I was just too scared to let it drown when it rains. This is a great features. Phones such as Samsung or LG are already waterproof. It is about time Apple keep up to the tech.
The new Iphone 7 will be in the market in a few weeks time. Do you need to upgrade from 6s to 7? Iphone 7 poses an interesting next gen concept of a phone. If you haven't been on the Iphone bandwagon, and you think of following it along, Iphone 7 might be the Iphone to get. But if you already own a 6s, maybe you should wait for Iphone 7s.