Apple’s next generation of mobile handsets became officially available for purchase on Friday, September 16. Users who got the coveted new devices in the form of either an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus have begun to report their experience thus far with the iconic smartphones.
The Cupertino-based company revealed the new iPhones on September 7 during an official keynote event in San Francisco. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus caused a lot of woes and controversy due to their innovative features, some of which have been perceived as unnecessary from the public’s point of view.
Specialized agencies like Consumer Reports have acquired and tested the iPhone 7’s functionalities and features, providing a preliminary report on their findings a little under a week after the initial commercial rollout of the coveted Apple device.
Apple keeps its word with the iPhone 7 physical features
First thing consumers found out upon buying and handling the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus for a while was that the device was built with Apple’s signature high-quality.
Although some may take this for granted, they must remember that the tech giant has had embarrassing episodes in the past for the lacking build quality of the iPhone, causing it to be prone to bending despite being made out of solid materials.
Furthermore, users have tested the iPhone 7 for its water resistance claims. Although the phone was tested artificially, the agents from Consumer Reports placed the next-gen handsets under water in a pressure cooker to simulate the depths which is supposed to stand.
The smartphones passed this test flawlessly, although the organization continues to test for performance issues after submerging them.
No headphone jack, no problem
The results seem conclusive enough, with sound on the Apple device being on pair with that transmitted through a standard corded 3.5-mm-compatible set of headphones.
However, the fact that the Lightning port works well enough for audio on the new iPhones doesn’t mean that it is a popular choice.
Many fans and detractors alike have expressed their disdain for the missing feature, stating that the handset could have been thick enough to include the 3.5-mm jack because of the camera bump.
The camera on the new iPhone is as stunning as promised
The main highlight of the next generation of Apple smartphones is its state-of-the-art camera. This applies in particular for the iPhone 7 Plus because of its innovative dual-lens and smart zoom capabilities.
Apple has rolled out early an OS beta update exclusively for developers, allowing them to try out the enhanced software options that take photography on the new iPhone to the next level. The results in portrait mode are as good as shown during the company’s announcement, further proving the phone is capable of capturing moments in unexpected ways.
The OS update for the general public will be available for download later in the year, as Apple engineers work out in the last couple of tweaks for a richer iPhone 7 experience.