Apple’s latest products, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, are expected to land on the sweetest day of September, the sixteenth. The two flagship models are somehow similar to the iPhone 6S, but they are said to punch a hole in terms of performance and new features. Would this year be a lucky 7 for Apple? And what are the changes made by Apple on these devices? How about we make a comparison to get a better idea on what to expect?
Design and Size – the good and the bad
The obvious change that Apple implemented on iPhone 7 is the removal of the phone’s headphone jack. The modification is unthinkable, although it was predicted by some tech analyst. Apple is introducing to us the advantage of wireless technology that could further enhance convenience, comfort, accessibility, and sound quality that we enjoy with the usual headphones.
Apple’s risky and bold move might cause some drawbacks and issues concerning the quick and wireless charging capabilities. This could be the deal breaker for this flagship phone. Also, the new iPhone 7 package will include a 3.5mm lightning adapter, to augment the huge changes made.
If you are looking for a new design, it will not happen with this product, because Apple did not overhaul the design of the iPhone 7. Instead, they are expected to stick to the usual design that we’ve seen for the last three generations.
Dimensions and Weight:
- iPhone 7 – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in) and 138 g (4.87 oz)
- iPhone 6S – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in) and 143 g (5.04 oz)
The iPhone 7 is picking up the pace with its IP67 dust and water resistance feature. It can be submerged for 30 minutes. The water resistance is probably the catch-up feature with its major competitors. It’s a good thing that Apple finally took this on.
The new iPhone is also lighter, compared to the iPhone 6S. Other changes include improvements of the touch sensitivity. This minor tweak will solve the issue of button failure. Apple is also opening the doors for app developers to work on a customized haptic feedback patterns. The antenna bands were also removed, giving the gadget a much prettier look. The phone also has an integrated speaker, which is connected to the earpiece for better audio experience.
As for the colors, iPhone finally gets jazzed up. You can go for Gold, Black, Rose Gold and Silver that are available for the 128GB models, or the Jet Black which is available for the 254GB phone. Unfortunately, Space Grey was ditched by Apple, which is too bad for those of us who really liked it.
What about the Display?
iPhone’s switch to Retina Display in 2010 has been a long overdue innovation for Apple and most of their major competitors are now capable of rendering 2K, 1080p, and 4K OLED display. Unfortunately, Apple is still stuck on its old gun.
- iPhone 7 – 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio
- iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio
The 750p LED display of iPhones has been around for ages. The new model, however, improved its brightness by 25%, supports wider (p3) color range and carries an improved color management feature. Apple claimed that iPhone 7 gives a “cinematic” standard to their users. However, most of the tech analysts don’t buy it. Mostly because it doesn’t match today’s other competitors that can produce a vibrant crisp display with OLED feature. This was quite mainstream in Samsung’s Note 7, S7 and S7 Edge. As far as 3D Touch Support is concerned, it is still applied to the iPhone 7.
Performance-wise – faster and better
According to benchmarking experts, the iPhone 6S has undoubtedly dominated the performance field, along with its major 2016 android flagship competitor. For this reason, Apple did not stop from bringing a powerful device that can deliver performance, without bottlenecking other critical features.
- iPhone 7 – Apple A10 Fusion chipset: 2GB of RAM, Quad Core CPU, Six Core GPU
- iPhone 6S – Apple A9 chipset, GPU: PowerVR GT 7600, CPU: Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister, 2GB of RAM
Up till now, Apple has not fully disclosed any information about the new chipset and the mystery pieces that make it complete. A tech analyst said that the new chipset can deliver a significant 50% boost in performance, which is quite a leap when compared to its predecessor.
The iPhone 7’s beefed up performance may not be as compelling in its marketing strategy, because power users demand more RAM. Some analysts believe that iOS doesn’t need to upgrade its RAM right now, and history speaks for itself, as iOS is better when it comes to performance.
Apple also boosted the iPhone 7’s mobile 4G capabilities to 50%. Instead of the 300Mbit modem it now integrates a 450Mbit. As far as the Touch ID is concerned, Apple decided not to pursue the tweaks, because it’s not yet necessary.
Camera – The day of reckoning
Samsung had been ruling this considerable factor for years, but this year it’s going to be a different story. iPhone 7’s camera innovation is pleasing to power users and there’s a chance that it will be the next big thing.
- iPhone 7 – Rear: 12-megapixel sensor, f/1.8 aperture, Focus Pixels, Optical Image Stabilisation, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, 4K video recording. Front: 7MP sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p recording.
- iPhone 6S – Rear: 12-megapixel sensor, f2.2 aperture, Focus Pixels, Software Image Stabilisation, dual-LED flash, 4K video recording. Front: 5MP Front Camera, f2.2 aperture, 720p video recording.
The significant changes that we can consider on iPhone 7 are the optical image stabilization, LED flashlight and a larger f/1.8 aperture, which can significantly improve/answer the iPhone’s weakness when taking pictures in low light environment.
The 7MP camera is equipped with 6-element lens integrated with an improved image signal processor, support wide color capture and capable of recording a rich detailed 1080p video. Apple’s ace in this race is the iPhone 7 Plus dual rear camera, that is capable of wider depth photography and 2X optical zoom.
Battery Life – Will it be enough for you?
Price and Storage – Warning! Lots of GBs ahead!
FINALLY, Apple is playing the Game Of Storage correctly by doubling the iPhone storage to the usual 16/32/126GB. The new flagship device carries a huge pool of storage from 32/64/256GB, which is very enticing for power users that rely so much on a smartphone’s storage. With this heap of storage on board, you can now have boatloads of personal files, record several hours of 1080p videos, and capturing high-resolution pictures will never be an issue. This year is also good for iPhone 6, because Apple is bringing the good news at its doors.
However, due to the usual costly approach, others will choose to have the iPhone 6S with a 128GB storage. If you have the dime, why not get the newer model?
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 7 – Wrapping it up
This year’s iPhone upgrade, the reinforced durability, better and improved camera, water resistance, brighter display, performance boost, and bigger storage are somehow welcoming, but these upgrades are overdue.
The changes made by Apple on its iPhone 7 aren’t a big upgrade, because iOS users want something new and different. OK, let us put this year’s upgrade on the table and compare it to Samsung’s S7 Edge and Note 7. It seems that it’s far from the development and innovation that Samsung did for years. The exclusion of the headphone’s jack and the lacking of fast wireless charging capability could somehow backfire anytime soon.
Radical change is coming and it’s expected in 2017. Rumors buzzing the online community say that the new iPhone will have an overhauled design and build with an “all glass” smartphone. This year’s iPhone 7 is mostly a single step forward, to make way for the shocking boom of the new iPhone release.