Here we are. It’s another year. Another iPhone model. And another technology writer who decided to ‘just say no‘ to the iPhone 7, a contrarian technologist who would rather have less to do with new technology and write about how boring iPhone 7 is without actually using one.
‘Just say no‘ sounds more like a personal opinion that trumps insightful analysis, which is modus operandi with ZDNet tech writers these days. In this case we’re treated to a lazy technology writer who ordains common sense to be persona non grata. What’s going on?
The Same Price
Last year Apple introduced the iPhone Upgrade Program which gets you a new iPhone every year; just pay by the month, interest free, and get another iPhone a year later. Oh, and AppleCare is thrown in for good measure.
Other than cellphone carriers which will still subsidize iPhones here and there, what’s not to like? It’s an especially good deal for technology writers who make a living analyzing and using new technology. Unless that’s not what they really do.
David Gewirtz bought an iPhone last year using the iPhone Upgrade Program but decided the drive to the Apple Store wasn’t worth the effort because so little has changed with iPhone 7 this year. Oh, and no headphone jack.
Having been stuck with phones that started to feel old about six months into ownership for many two-year cycles, this seemed like a heck of a deal. Of course we were going to want the new iPhone 7 when it came out. It was a tick (meaning, a major upgrade) on Apple’s normal tick-tock release update pattern.
See? New iPhone good. Old iPhone bad. But instead of driving whatever distance it is to the Apple Store to take advantage of the free-interest, free-AppleCare upgrade at the same price, a technologist who writes about technology decided to write a screed instead.
What? Isn’t the iPhone 7 completely different than iPhone 6 except for shape and screen sizes?
The iPhone 7 is a bit of a big deal. It’s got that extra zoom lens camera on the back of the phone. Apple’s new portrait feature is in beta, but it’s still an interesting expansion of a smartphone camera system. Also, the A10 fusion processor is a nice jump in speed.
Oh, and you’re a technologist who gets paid to write about technology so getting your perspective on the differences between iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 might seemingly be important for a technology website. Right? I guess not. Instead, we get a trivial opinion screed.
I can’t make myself care. I’m a bit uncomfortable about losing the headphone jack, even if they have included an adapter, because I use it every week for recording my workshop project videos. While the adapter seems to work, you never know exactly what effect that might have on sound quality. Plus, it just annoys me.
How would you know if the Lightning-to-headphone jack works if you don’t have an iPhone 7? Did you not know enough about audio technology to know that the digital-to-analog converter in the older iPhone headphone jack also might have an impact on sound quality?
The more salient fact, however, is that our iPhone 6s Plus phones are actually very darned good. We bought the 128GB models, which means we still have a good amount of capacity. I shoot 4K videos each week. They can each consume 64GB or so. But if I move them off the phone between shoots, it has plenty of room to grow.
What you’re saying is you can make one video at a time, whereas with the iPhone 7 Plus you could have an extra 128GB for even more 4k videos.
While the new camera is interesting, it’s not a DSLR. In fact, I just purchased a Canon T6i DSLR as part of an upgrade to my workshop shooting environment. In my opinion, this is preferable to settling for the not-yet-fully-baked DSLR-like camera features on the iPhone 7. I’ll have a new DSLR in my hands tomorrow (yay, Prime!) to replace my ancient Digital Rebel. You can buy a brand new, decent DSLR for far less than the price of the iPhone 7.
Did Amazon give you a Canon DSLR in return for the mention? An iPhone is not a DSLR? That’s insightful. Truly you are a pedigree technologist to be revered for insightful analysis. I know you can get a DSLR for less than the price of the iPhone 7, but funny thing, and a true story– my Canon DSLR won’t make phone calls and won’t fit in my pocket and yet most people cannot tell the difference between decent DSLR photos and iPhone photos.
OK, Mr. Trump, what’s the final verdict before your next verdict?
Honestly, if you’re buying an iPhone (whether you’re planning on upgrading after a year or not), if you don’t mind going through the hassle of signing up, and you can get approved, I recommend using the iPhone Upgrade Program.
OK, technologist, tell me something about the iPhone 7 that I don’t know. Oh, wait. You can’t. Because you’re still stuck with an iPhone 6s Plus and don’t like to drive and fill out paperwork.
Good grief. And people get paid for such drivel?