iPhone 7 lives up to expectations, but that’s about it


By Shay Johnston

It’s time to finally discuss it. I’ve been putting it off, but it’s getting so big I just can’t ignore it anymore. Let’s talk about the iPhone 7.

Ever since iPhone’s original launch in 2007, it’s been the mission of young adults and children alike to attain the latest cell phone from Apple. According to Expanded Ramblings, as of February 2016 an incredible 42.9% of Americans owned iPhones. I can only assume the number has grown since then.

So, of course, with a new iPhone release, there will be millions of people who hop right onto the bandwagon and immediately order. That is inevitable. The real question here isn’t whether or not it’s going to be popular, but is it worth your money?

Let’s start with what we’ve all been wanting to discuss. No headphone jack? Not to worry, you get some headphones with a lightning cable and your very own adapter!

It’s also been built with a sort of stereo speaker system that makes it two times as loud as the iPhone 6. If you’re really willing to go all out, Apple is also releasing wireless headphones.

Now whether or not this feature is beneficial to the performance of the iPhone is up for debate, but if you’re looking for increased performance, look no further.

The camera has definitely gotten some upgrades. Or should I say cameras? The iPhone 7 has a 12MP wide-angle camera.

The iPhone 7 Plus, however, has the same wide-angle camera plus (pun-intended) a 12MP telephoto camera. This means that you can get some high quality pictures from a distance.

They’re also introducing a depth-of-field effect, which will make portraits seriously stand out. For photographers such as myself, this new feature is the most interesting aspect of the new iPhone.

One of the things I find most exciting is that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus start out at 32 GB and go up. The next storage amount is 128 GB, and the max is 256 GB.

The new iPhone has gotten some exterior adjustments, too, such as a new jet black gloss and black matte. Unfortunately for your pocket, the jet black is only available in 128 and 256 GB.

iPhone 7 has also been designed to be water resistant. The home button is not exactly a button now, but a pressure sensitive area at its usual place at the bottom of the screen.

The display is also now 25% brighter, which is good for our Florida sun. The iPhone 7 is two times as fast as the iPhone 6, and it has the longest battery life of any iPhone yet.

Now that you know all of the upgrades, it’s time to come to a decision. Is the new iPhone 7 worth the hype?

In my opinion, it’s got some amazing new qualities. Is it worth it to go out and buy it right this second? No, I don’t think so. Maybe in a year or so. But then, I suppose at the that time the iPhone 8 will be in motion.


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