The iPhone 7: Four Months Later, Still with Quirks

Photos Courtesy of BGR

The iPhone 7 has had many controversial topics surrounding its’ presence; from the removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack, the new color that scratches easily, the touch-sensitive home button, to it simply looking like the last year’s model.

Having owned the iPhone 7 since it arrived September 16 of 2016, There have been a combination of pros and cons. One of the first issues I encountered is overheating. I could be in wi-fi, turn on my phone and be scrolling through twitter, and after 5 minutes it feels as if I’ve been grilling my iPhone. For the record, I don’t recommend grilling any personal devices. Anyways, Apple confronted this problem and released a statement, saying,”The best way to check this issue is by holding down power and Home button until the screen goes black then remove finger from home while continuing to hold power. Once you see the Apple logo-hold the volume up button until the springboard loads”. This turned out to be a temporary fix until after a few updates in November the issue was resolved.

Being the first year of an iPhone without a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Apple expected to have complaints and frustrations. Millions of headphones from thousands of headphone companies now have incompatible technology. Luckily, Apple sent a lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack converter with every iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The problem is it adds unnecessary length and inconvenience to the listening experience. On the flip side, if you use the lightning earbuds with your new iPhone you probably noticed that the lightning connection adds a boatload of enhanced quality and depth to the audio. As it turns out, not only does the 3.5 mm jack take up more hardware space on the inside of the iPhone, but it also is more of a bottlenecking situation, constricting the output of audio from your phone into your headphones. using a stronger connection method, the flow of audio is much more powerful, fluid and fast-paced than ever has been. bgr-iphone-7-7

The removal of the 3.5 mm jack left room for new technology in the iPhone: a new home button. The home button looks exactly the same as the iPhone 5 and up. The difference is that the home button does not click anymore; it vibrates. With a new taptic engine, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models have 3 levels of feedback for hitting the home button, 1 being the lightest vibration and 3 being the more pronounced touch. Level 3 is the closest to a click-like feel. This technology originated from the Macbook, which now has force touch on the track pad. bgr-iphone-7-6

Next up is the infamous new jet black color for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Yes, this is the most popular iPhone 7 color right now, but probably not for its durability.

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This jet black iPhone 7 was merely slid back and forth across a regular table top surface. I don’t think much more needs to be said about this situation.

 

All in all, the iPhone 7 from an internal hardware standpoint has not disappointed, with improved audio quality. But that does not mean people are not raging against the dying of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. There will always be a large population of people who need to use the 3.5 mm to lightning converter. The new home button is more odd to feel than you’d expect, and don’t even think about getting the jet black iPhone 7. Matte black is the way to go if you miss that classic iPhone 5 black.

Changing is something not many people are accustomed to doing. Hopefully, this is not something that we will regret changing.

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