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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 6S: Should You Upgrade?

As expected, Apple announced the newest iPhone model iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch 2 on September 7, 2016. A merely 12 months ago, iPhone 6S was out of the production line. Since the existence of iPhone 7, many iPhone 6S owners might have been wondering whether or not to upgrade iPhone 6S to iPhone 7. Therefore a comparison between iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S is made here in order to help you make a good decision.

iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 6S: Design

iPhone 7 has the similar design of both iPhone 6S and iPhone 6. The metal-clad slab with curved sides and a flat back remains, but Apple has altered the antenna lines slightly to make them less obvious. They now snake around the sides, rather than around the rear, to blend in much better.
The camera hump looks a little different too, but it continues to jut out. Some folk find this an irritation, but we're not that bothered; if a camera bump means a better snapper, we're all for it.
The iconic Touch ID-toting home button is present, but it now offers a haptic response rather than actually depressing. It buzzes when your phone rings too, and apps can use it.


The biggest visual change, however, is the number of colours in which the iPhone 7 will be available. The iPhone 6S came in four hues – Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Space Grey. With the iPhone 7, Apple ditches the Space Grey option in favour of two hues of black: Dark Black, along the lines of the iPhone 5; and a glossy Piano Black, à la iPhone 3GS.
Turn your attention to the bottom of the phone and you'll notice another significant change. Not only do the speaker holes appear on both sides of the Lightning connector, but the trusty 3.5mm headphone jack is now off in Apple's private graveyard of killed-off sockets along with FireWire and Ethernet.
The iPhone 7 is also the first phone from Apple to be water resistant, and IP67 certified. This is a big upgrade from the iPhone 6S. It's dust resistant, too.

iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 6S: Say Good-Bye to Headphone Jack

The iPhone 7 is the first iPhone to ditch the headphone port, thus you are unable to plug any old pair of headphones into the iPhone 7. To listen to music on the iPhone 7, Apple offers two solutions. Each iPhone 7 is bundled with a new pair of EarPods that plug directly into the Lightning port, and there's also a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter available that will enable you to continue using your preferred cans. There are also the new AirPods – completely wireless earphones that have a five-hour battery life and charge up in their own case.


iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 6S: Plenty more power, and no more 16GB

With the iPhone 7, Apple replaces the A9 CPU with the A10 Fusion – and the speed improvements appear impressive. It has two high-performance cores, which are 40% faster than before. It's 120 times faster than the original iPhone.
Two high-efficiency cores are there too, which are used when you're doing basic stuff like emailing. The new GPU is 50% faster than the A9, so games should be much improved.
Apple makes no specific mention of RAM in reference to its phones, but the rumours suggest that the iPhone 7 will stick to 2GB, while the iPhone 7 Plus bumps this to 3GB.
There have been some internal storage improvements too; we can finally wave goodbye to 16GB units. Storage will now begin at 32GB and jumps to 128GB and 256GB. The iPhone 6S is available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB flavours.


iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S – Mostly Same Display and Battery

The iPhone 7 retains the 4.7-inch Retina Display of its predecessor, but it now displays a wider colour gamut, just like the iPad Pro. The resolution, too, appears to remain the same at 1,334 x 750, but Apple didn't divulge all the inner details. It's 25% brighter, with end-to-end colour management.
Of course, you still benefit from the 3D Touch tech that Apple introduced with the iPhone 6S; this lets you apply different levels of pressure on the screen to access further functionality. This feature is improved heavily in iOS 10 – but this will be available for the iPhone 6S too.
Apple claims the iPhone 7 has much improved battery life, but we'll have to to test it out ourselves to know for sure. During the announcement it was shown you'll get 2 extra hours over the iPhone 6S.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S – Camera Bump

More than any other area of the phone, Apple loves to talk up the optics. Since the iPhone 4, the company has been on or near the top of the camera game, but that has dropped somewhat thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5.
The biggest camera alterations this year come to the iPhone 7 Plus model. Its dual-lens arrangement is a first for the iPhone, but the exclusivity to the Plus will no doubt irk many folk.
There are some notable improvements with the iPhone 7 camera, but many of the specs remain the same. It's still a 12-megapixel camera, capable of shooting 4K video at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps. Apple has finally added optical image stabilisation, a feature formerly exclusive to the Plus, and this should help steady shots and video, and further improve low-light performance.
The aperture has been widened to f/1.8, while it's 60% brighter. Low-light shots should be massively improved.
The front-facing camera has been bumped up too, to 7MP. It was just 5MP before.


iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S – iOS 10 adds some nice updates

iOS 10 will not only be available for the iPhone 7 but for the older 6S too. So even if you decide against a hardware upgrade, you"ll still have some new features to play with this year.
iOS 10 adds in deeper 3D Touch functionality, a redesigned lockscreen, and a clever new Home app for controlling HomeKit-enabled smart home tech.

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S – Price

Here's the pricing for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the UK and US:
  • iPhone 7 | 32GB | £599 / $649
  • iPhone 7 | 128GB | £699 / $749
  • iPhone 7 | 256GB | £799 / $849
  • iPhone 7 Plus | 32GB | £719 / $769
  • iPhone 7 Plus | 128GB | £819 / $869
  • iPhone 7 Plus | 256GB | £919 / $969

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