Should you buy an iPhone 7?

It’s that time of the year again when bank balances are scrutinised, upgrade dates are double checked and endless reviews are read. Yes, it’s new iPhone time again, so naturally we’re all asking whether it’s really worth upgrading. So, should you buy an iPhone 7?

From 6S to 7, but no great leap.

Traditionally, Apple release smartphones with a reliable pattern. First we get a number, be it 3, 4, 5 or 6. The next year, we get an ‘s’ model which refines that phone with a faster processor, better camera and other niceties, which is then followed by an all new model with a completely refreshed design and a host of new features.

For the iPhone 7, however, the company have ditched that format. Indeed, their latest handset is almost indistinguishable from the outside compared to the 6S. So, if you’re tired of the iPhone 6/6s design, the iPhone 7 might not be for you.

The death of the headphone jack.

For decades, the 3.5mm headphone jack has been the standard way of connecting headphones to any device, big or small. However, on the new iPhone, apple have gotten rid of it in favour of utilising the lightning port instead.

What does that mean for you? Well, it means you can’t charge your phone and use headphones at the same time, but moreover, it means buying an adapter for every pair of headphones you own. Apple has been called ‘anti-consumer’ on this issue, but they’ve been calling the move ‘courageous’, leading to a great many complaints on the Apple contact number.

A superb camera.

Apple have once again revamped their camera system, with the regular iPhone 7 getting a new six-optic lens system with OIS (optical image stabilisation) and a wider f/1.8 aperture. Together, those changes, along with clever new software means that the new iPhone is one of the best mobile cameras around, right up there with the Galaxy S7.

On the iPhone 7 Plus, however, things get even cooler. Taking a page out of LG’s book, the new 7 Plus has two cameras on its back – a wide angle unit and a traditional camera. Together, these two allow a greater level of zoom than before and can even do some clever focussing tricks too.

Waterproof, finally!

With the iPhone 7, Apple have finally made their smartphone range water resistant. That means no more worries about using it in the rain and no more panic over dropping it in the bath whilst you’re on the phone. For many people, that alone is enough to upgrade.

Is it worth the upgrade?

So, with a fantastic new camera, waterproofing, a better screen, upgraded speakers, improved battery life and a faster processor, is it worth upgrading to the 7? Well, that’s a matter of opinion. If you’re on the 6S, there’s not much about the 7 that’s really worth the upgrade. If, however, you’re without a phone or you’re due an upgrade, the 7 and 7 plus are excellent phones.