IPhone 7: A New Color Is Not an Innovation – Time to Jailbreak
IPhone 7 - Colors
Original Published Date: September 4, 2016
Edited Date: December 28th, 2019

The IPhone 7 is set to shortly launch and I cant be more under thrilled.

Let me first start off by prefacing I am a huge Apple fan – my phone, my computers my tablet are all Apple products. But lately – especially with the upcoming release of the iPhone 7 I’ve started to feel a bit bored with the “innovations” of the upcoming IPhone 7. Granted they do fall under the text-book definition of an innovation:

the action or process of innovating.
synonyms: change, alteration, revolution, upheaval, transformation, metamorphosis, breakthrough; More
a new method, idea, product, etc.

But are the handful of seemingly lackluster features enough to keep me coming back? At this point No, however, I really do not want to revert to using an Android again since I do love the stability of the IPhone, and I sure as hell would never again trust getting a Blackberry after the experience I had with the Blackberry Storm (which was the worst phone I have ever used / purchased – I went through approximately 12 phone in less than a year).

So I am stuck.

Stuck between choosing integration and stability (although in some areas this is failing – but more so on the app front) over new and exciting features. So begrundingly I am stuck with a phone created by a company that invisions colors as a revolutionary innovation in their product line.

Upcoming biggest features of the IPhone 7

The biggest clout of the IPhone 7 is the removal of the headphone jack which has been replaced with lightning enabled headphones. The two biggest reasons seem to be:

A) that the audio quality will be able to be better
B) that it will allow for slimmer phones (with the possibility that the reduction in internal room usage may result in a slightly larger battery).

While better audio quality is always a great and much appreciate thing to have, most audio sources will not be exporting higher resolution audio clips for a small select group of people – audiophiles just are not that prevalent in the mainstream to have a large enough impact on sales. According to idownloadblog.com “The so-called Hi-Res Audio format will enable audio streaming in up to 96kHz/24bit resolution, reads the report. By comparison, audio quality on regular music CDs is 44kHz 16-bit. Apple Music features adaptive streaming technology which automatically adjusts audio quality based on each particular user’s Internet connection, and whether they’re streaming over Wi-Fi or cellular.

Apple Music streams are AAC files encoded in 256kbps, which compares favorably to 320kbps MP3 streams on Spotify. Speaking of Spotify, it offers a 96kbps bitrate on mobile and 160kbps on desktop and web player while its high-quality 320kbps MP3 streaming on mobile and desktop is only available to Premium subscribers.”

For the thickness issue, I think we all remember BendGate. BendGate was created from an alleged bending issue with Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. There’s a specific weak point on the inside of the chassis right beneath the volume buttons that allows it to bend very easily with pressure added in the right place.

Leaked new features of the IPhone 7

Originally reported by AppleInsider, the list reads as follows:

  • New True Tone displays like the iPad Pro range, with laser based proximity sensors for faster response times
  • 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage tiers will replace 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • 2x 12MP dual rear camera limited to iPhone 7 Plus, uses 1x wide angle and 1x telephoto lenses
  • Upgraded ambient light sensors on both new iPhone cameras for better low light shots
  • Camera flash LEDs doubled from two to four with warm and cool colours
  • 3.5mm headphone jack removed
  • Lightning EarPods and a 3.5mm to Lightning headphone adaptor included in the box
  • Second external speaker and integrated amplifier for louder, richer output
  • Basic IPX7 water resistance – both phones can withstand splashes and full submersion for up to 30 minutes. Not quite Galaxy S7 level (one hour+), but close.
  • 2GB RAM for iPhone 7, 3GB RAM for iPhone 7 Plus
  • Next generation A10 chipset sees CPUs hit 2.45GHz clock speeds and 20-30% performance gains
  • 3D Touch 2.0 sensor with more distinct haptic feedback
  • Home button replaced with non-clicking touch sensor with haptic feedback
  • Antenna bands removed from the back of both models for cleaner look
  • Two new colours: dark black and piano black (latter in limited quantities for 256GB model); space grey colour option ended

Is this enough to make you buy the new IPhone?