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The Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were released on September 7th. Almost two weeks have passed, and many of you Apple lovers (and no, we don't mean the fruit) are still wondering if it's worth upgrading your older model of handset. While opinions may still be divided, we believe that the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are quite impressive.
The iPhone 7 line is fairly similar to that of previous handsets released last year and two years ago. There are definitely some noteworthy changes, but the phone keeps its slick design. To be honest, the differences are hardly noticeable in day-to-day use. However, an improvement we’ve all been waiting for is the addition of an IP certification. The iPhones are now IP6 certified, meaning they are water and dust resistant. The water resistance gives the owner the possibility to submerge the phone for up to 30 minutes at 1.5 meter's depth.
One of the most discussed changes on the new iPhone 7 line is the removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Apple does offer a proprietary adaptor that connects to the iPhone’s Thunderbolt charging port. However, the box contains a pair of Apple’s newest Lightning EarPods, which utilise the iPhone's new Thunderbolt charging port. Apple states that the new EarPods will deliver a richer and deeper bass. Moreover, the new accessory has better protection against sweat, water, and other liquids, making them excellent for running in any weather condition.
Unfortunately, without the use of an adapter, you won’t be able to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. In order to make things easier for their customers, Apple has also launched the Apple AirPods, which are Apple’s take on wireless earphones. These earphones will be available from October onwards, with pricing currently set at £159 a pop. In the box, you’ll find a Charging Case that offers more than 24 hours of battery life with each charge.
Both phones will run on Apple’s latest iOS 10.0.1, making them faster and better optimised. Moreover, with the release of the new iPhone 7 line, Apple has also released their newest A10 Fusion chipset. The new chip is quad-core, compared to the old dual-core chipset available in the iPhone 6 line, providing users with 40% more power.
The price of the iPhone 7 starts at £599 for the 32GB version and £799 for the 256GB one. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 Plus has a starting price of £719, to £919 for the 256GB version. According to Apple’s UK website, if you make the purchase today, the iPhone 7 will be shipped within 1-2 weeks, while the iPhone 7 Plus will be shipped within a month. Would you upgrade?