Apple finally catches up with current mobile trends with the iPhone 7
So Apple has just announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus just few hours ago.
Looking at the features of their latest smartphone, I came to realise that they have finally caught up with other manufacturers by including current tech features that have been missing in previous versions of the iPhones.
Let’s take a look at the new notable features which have already been around in competitor phones:
– Splash and water resistant
The iPhone 7 is the very first iPhone that is resistant to water with IP67 rating. This means it is safe to face against spills, splashes, and even dust.
Water-resistant features have been around on other phones for years now. Sony introduced water resistant phones back in 2013 with IP57 rating and recent Samsung phones like the S7 and Note 7 also come with this feature. Samsung went even further in making them water-proof (not just resistant) and achieves the IP68 rating.– Solid state home button
Instead of a physical button, the iPhone 7 comes with a solid piece of surface that acts as the home button and the tactile feedback of pressing it is produced by the haptic (vibration) engine inside the phone. This allows light taps to be registered for actions and doesn’t require energy to press the button down anymore.
Well, this home button technology has already been around since late last year when the OnePlus 3 was announced.
Great to see that the iPhone finally gets some of the features that were made popular by many other smartphones before this
– Dual lens camera
The camera on the iPhone 7 is amazing, with optical image stabilisation and f1.8 aperture lens. The iPhone 7 Plus gets 2 of these 12MP lenses, making one a wide angle and another one a telephoto lens.
LG released the G5 this year with dual lens with one being a normal range and one wide angle. Huawei also released the P9 with a color lens and a monochrome lens which they worked with Leica to produce.
Optical image stabilisation? It was first introduced in smartphones by Nokia on their Lumia devices and then most flagship Android devices come with that so there really is no big deal about this.
– Stereo speakers
Finally, users of the iPhone 7 can enjoy stereo audio produced by 2 speakers, 1 on each side of the phone. (Actually, the one on top of the phone is the earpiece, which turns into a loudspeaker when media is playing).
Well, HTC launched the first device with dual speakers back in 2013 and called it BoomSound. A few other Android devices then got the same dual speakers as well, like the Huawei Nexus 6P, HTC Butterfly S and Moto Nexus 6.
I was hoping the iPhone 7 to get a few more desired features like Wireless Charging
So there you go, it’s great to see that the iPhone finally gets some of the features that were made popular by many other smartphones before this. It also means that if you buy the iPhone 7, you are guaranteed to not lose out to other current smartphones out there as all these devices now have similar features.
Having said that, I was hoping the iPhone 7 to get a few more desired features like Wireless Charging (available on Samsung smartphones), NFC (available on almost all Android flagships) and a curved display (like on the S7 Edge and Note 7).
What do you think of the iPhone 7 and the latest features introduced by Apple? Will you buy it? Share your thoughts in comments below!