By Hannah Butera
As Apple is one of the most advanced technology networks, I would have expected a lot more of the new iPhone 7. However, I was mildly disappointed. Sure, the new and improved design is like no other, and the camera is unreal. But in terms of the iPhone 7’s ability to function and the new headphone situation, I think I’ll pass.
First, let me start with the positive aspects of the new iPhone. Apple decided to reengineer the exterior of the phone. The iPhone 7 comes in the typical rose-gold, gold, and silver, as well as a new matte-black and a glossy, jet-black finish. These new designs are incredibly high-tech and slick appearing. Furthermore, the iPhone 7 is water and splash resistant. Have you ever spilled something near your phone, scrambling to ensure it is untouched? Now, you won’t have to worry so much. This feature is extremely reassuring and is a huge step in the development of the iPhone. In addition, the iPhone 7 contains a new pressure-sensitive home button is entirely based on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and is even customizable. Finally, the iPhone 7’s camera is the most advanced yet. It has an optical image stabilization, which rids blur from photos, along with a six elements lens that allows for clear images in all different lighting. With all of these wonderful new elements, you would think this iPhone was perfect. But here’s the downside…
This iPhone no longer contains the auxiliary jack along with the charger jack. With only a charger jack, you cannot charge your phone and listen to music at the same time unless you purchase wireless headphones, or “AirPods”. However, these are a whopping $159, and they’re extremely small. It would be hard to go a week without losing these miniscule headphones. Furthermore, the iPhone 7 comes with new headphones that have the same ending as a charger, so say goodbye to all of your old headphones.. unless you have the new headphone adapter. Finally, in terms of the actual function of the iPhone 7, I am not impressed. My phone constantly dies at anywhere from 1% to 100%, and then randomly comes back on. My iPhone 7 freezes and glitches constantly, and several others with the iPhone 7 have complained about this predicament as well.
With the price starting at $649, I do not think the iPhone 7 is worth it. Sure, it’s exterior features are extremely advanced and innovative. But what does this matter when the phone itself functions poorly? The iPhone 7’s purpose is to simplify every aspect of the phone for an even more user-friendly product, but it has proven to have the opposite effect. I would take the iPhone 5 or 6 over the iPhone 7 any day.