All about the iPhone 7 on Tech180 with Tony Trollip
Apple iPhone 7
In short, the Apple iPhone 7 launch can be summed up in one phrase, Ag Same hey…
There are quite a few people incredibly disappointed and perhaps some that are angry after the announcement of the Apple iPhone 7 late last week. The common gripe is that Apple Fans are expecting innovation from Apple, and this year, they didn’t get it. Apple has given a few great advancements that are firsts for Apple but perhaps not firsts in the industry. Holistically speaking, Apple seems to be playing catch-up to all the other brands when it comes to the features and technology, Apple claims that it’s not just the technology features, but the complete package, quality, technology and operating system.
So the new great features, there is a new camera, although the resolution is the same 12Mp, the design now sports non-digital image stabilization, which is the same as mounting the camera on a cushion. The advantage is that the stabilization is much more pronounced and responsive. On the 7 Plus, there are two cameras, and this is not for 3D footage, rather one is a wide angle lens, the other provides 2 X Optical Zoom telephoto, thereafter digital zoom. The other camera goodies are software driven. Another first for Apple is both iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are water and dust resistance. Rated at IP67 which is the highest dust rating (Dust tight) and will resist water when immersed in 1M of water for no longer than 30min.
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More than enough time to fish the device out of whatever you decided to drop it in. The other items are aesthetic related and the new ‘JET Black’ is a fingerprint magnet and probably not as scratch resistant as one may think.
Also, the Apple Watch Gen2 was launched, specifically allowing you to swim with your Apple Watch, slightly faster and has its own GPS, letting you be active without the need of your phone tagging along. Right now, you would bring your phone to listen to music while being active so this is not a real change, however if you decided to get an iPhone 7, this is a must as you will more than likely be using another music device as your expensive exercise, sweat resistant, comfortable choice headphones will no longer fit into your iPhone as Apple removed the headphone jack and replaced it with a lightning converter that you will more than likely loose in less than a day. A replacement is almost R100 for a new adapter.
The bottom line is, each second year, we look at the new non-S devices and phones, and we remind everyone that the real device is the S iteration, we experienced this with the 5S and recently with the 6S. Apple just seems to complete the new device with the S. Also, be mindful that it is not a common thing for a series of devices to allow an OS update. What I mean is, Apple has just released IOS 10, which will work on the iPhone7 all the way back to the iPhone 5 as well as the iPads all the way back to the iPAD 4th gen. So you really get all the new features for your investment, without having to get a new device. But remember, the new IOS is feature rich, and that requires quite a bit of processor capability, so the older the phone, the slower it will be, and in some cases the features will just not be there as the phone will not cope. But still, how many other brands will consistently do this?