Fans of the most celebrated mobile device in the world waited a long time to learn about the latest version of their favorite object of desire. Once the announcement was finally made official, many enthusiasts were left in shock to wonder: What would Steve Jobs do?
Apple’s announcement of the upcoming iPhone 7 and its Plus version was anything but anticlimactic. Many of the new features were expected and welcomed, but the scary rumor about the 3.5 mm headphone jack going away sadly came true.
The two new iPhones will ship with some very interesting features that fans can safely consider to be worth the wait. The dual camera system is a major improvement that puts Apple on the same level with Huawei and Nokia, two smartphone brands whose flagship devices are known for their advanced digital photography features. The revamped touchscreen provides a new level of tactile feedback that improves the virtual keyboard experience. The home button has not gone away; in fact, it has been upgraded with a pressure sensor that allows a wider range of gestures.
Even with the improved display resolution and the slimmer form factor of the iPhone 7, the California tech giant is facing strong criticism for eliminating the 3.5 mm audio jack, which is a worldwide standard. Instead, Apple has chosen to include its new wireless EarPods, which must be recharged after a few hours, as well as an adapter that can be used to connect traditional headphones.
After the company made the shocking audio jack announcement, its Cupertino office has been busy fielding calls and media inquiries about this controversial decision. Thus far, spokespersons have defended the company’s actions, explaining that the EarPods were first mentioned about a year ago. Apparently, engineers are more concerned with making the device skinnier than preserving audio legacy.
Unhappy audiophiles have thus far mocked the double speaker system that Apple has touted. Although the two speakers are able to deliver stereo sound output, this is a feature that can be found in budget Android tablets.