In some cultures the number 7 is lucky. Maybe so, maybe not, but 7 is everywhere. There are 7 days in the week. 7 colors in the rainbow, 7 seas, 7 continents, and even 7 notes on a musical scale. 7 is considered the world’s most popular number.
So, why didn’t Apple do something special with iPhone 7? I mean, all we’ve heard for months is how iPhone 7 will not be a major update, that iPhone 8 in 2017 will be the complete redesign, and critics say we should skip iPhone 7 and wait for next year. Can you name all the items on iPhone 7 that are the same as iPhone 6s?
My. Lucky. Number.
Personally, I don’t know how much Samsung pays bloggers and tech writers to diss on the iPhone, but it’s becoming obvious that those supposedly in the know probably are on the take because what they write does not match reality.
For example, Consumer Reports says the iPhone 7’s new camera is pretty much like the iPhone 6s camera, but I managed to find plenty of websites with side-by-side photos that prove differently. We may worry about other countries disrupting U.S. politics by hacking into the election system, but what about technology critics who are divorced from reality.
The main meme with iPhone 7 has been basic. iPhone 7 is just like iPhone 6s. Sure, it may have a new camera, more storage, and an updated CPU, but otherwise it’s the same old and same old iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.
I let my fingers do the walking on my black iPhone 7 Plus this week and here’s what I found that seems to be the same. The screen has the same resolution as iPhone 6s Plus. The case seems to be the same shape as the iPhone 6s Plus (and about the same measurements and weight). Some of the case colors remain the same.
What else? I got nothing.
Everything inside has changed as has almost everything outside. So how is it that the iPhone 7 is a minor update to iPhone 6s if nearly everything has changed? Outside, the funky antenna lines have been reduced to the point of hidden on the darker colors. The Home button isn’t a button any more. The headphone jack is gone. All the buttons are tighter to aid with dust and water resistance, and even the camera bump is milled into the case instead of last year’s add-on bump.
Maybe you can see something different than what I see but I see massive changes everywhere on iPhone 7’s hardware. Yes, the same general shape is there; oblong rectangle, mostly screen, rounded corners, buttons. But how is that different from every mid-range to premium smartphone on the market. Apple invented that design and everyone else copied it.
On to the screen. This new iPhone 7 screen is considered the best LCD screen ever on planet earth to the point of ‘indistinguishable from perfect.’ That’s high praise. And a change. The iPhone 7 Plus has a dual camera; wide angle and zoom. Everything about the photos it takes is an obvious improvement over last year (unless you’re a visually impaired employee at Consumer Reports). Basic entry-level storage is up to 32GB and high-end storage is 256GB; a much needed change over last year’s models. The Home button isn’t a button. It’s a 3D Touch button mashed up with Touch ID. No button.
Inside, differences abound over last year’s iPhone 6s models. More RAM on iPhone 7 Plus. Faster A10 ‘Fusion’ CPU which smokes the Android riffraff in benchmarks. The battery is bigger (thanks, in part, to removal of the headphone jack). Speakers are now stereo.
See what’s going on? We’ve been led astray by technology critics who are quick to dismiss all things Apple even before the new things show up in the stores. That meme about iPhone 7 not being much of a change is idiotic, probably espoused by writers getting paid on the side by Samsung, a company whose karma isn’t all that good these days.
The truth is this. iPhone 7 is another solid upgrade to the iPhone line; faster, more storage, awesome screen and improved camera, better battery life, more water and dust resistant, but it happens to retain the same shape as last year’s iPhone.
To the critics who panned the iPhone 7 without even trying it out, shame on you; may Samsung’s karma infiltrate your sister. What do you want? A triangular case?