iPhone 7 Release Causes Adoration & Controversy
Apple’s release of the iPhone 7 was a bitter sweet moment for die hard fans. On one hand they finally have a water resistant smartphone that sports improved memory, battery life & more. Unfortunately for their legions of followers, innovation comes with a price. This year the company decided to get rid of the headphone jack to make room for stereo speakers. Instead of using the same headphones that everyone loved, now users have the wireless AirPods. This sudden change evoked sharp criticism from fans. By the end of the day of its epic release, the internet was in a frenzy. After all is said & done, this still looks like a nice phone.
iPhone 7 Release Stirs Controversy
Even though the iPhone 7 looks eerily similar to the iPhone 6, there are plenty of differences that fail to meet the eye. The iPhone 7 packs a powerful processing unit in its slender aluminum body. The A10 Fusion processor is allegedly 40% faster than the A9 chip. It also features a new graphics processing chip that’s 50% faster than last year. The battery has also been upgraded. The iPhone 7 battery lasts 2 hours longer than the iPhone 6, while the iPhone 7 Plus lasts 1 hour longer than its predecessor.
The iconic home button that has long been associated with iPhones has also undergone a bold renovation. The iPhone 7’s home button now features the same Force Touch trackpads that were recently released in MacBook laptops. This new technology makes the home button force sensitive. Another interesting twist is Apple blended in the Taptic Engine haptic feedback system from the Apple Watch. Now the iPhone has different vibration feedbacks for a wide variety of alerts.
Another key difference that’s featured in this model is the camera. The iPhone 7 now boasts optical image stabilization & f/1.8 lens. These new additions let in 50% more light than the iPhone 6’s f/2.2 lens. Even though the rear camera has the same 12 megapixels as last year, it’s 60% faster & 30% more efficient. These improvements are credited to the new image processing chip & quad-LED flash that produces 50% more light. The front camera has also been upgraded to 7 megapixels with automatic image stabilization.
Hands down the most controversial aspect of the iPhone 7 was the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Even though many people are outraged, Apple is paving the way for more innovation. They replaced the outdated headphone jack with a second speaker that empowers the smartphone with stereo sound. In the place of the old headphones are the wireless EarPods. These new headphones are entirely wireless, thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy technology. They have a 5 hour battery life & also have a battery case that gives a total of 24 hours of use with each charge.
Many critics may shun the iPhone 7, but Apple did the right thing by embracing the future. Getting rid of the headphone jack was a smart move, no matter how bent out of shape people get. In a few years we will be laughing about how we used to use headphones with cords. Some people are afraid of change, but technology doesn’t stop for them. Defying the status quo has been Apple’s motto since its inception, & they aren’t about to bend to other peoples’ demands. They have successfully created a good looking phone with enough power & new features to back up any changes they made. This phone is paving the way for a whole new generation of smartphones.