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Should you upgrade to the iPhone 7?

Should You Upgrade To The IPhone 7? This is a common question but tricky to answer.  Let’s first take a look at the new iPhone 7’s upgrades.  As is typical, the new iPhone is quite an upgrade over the previous version, bringing some new features, and losing others.  Let’s break these down and see how it might affect your need to upgrade.

 

The iPhone 7 boasts to be more water resistant than previous models

Water Resistance

The new iPhone will be water resistant and can withstand immersion in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.  We see many water damaged phones come into our shops in both Roanoke and Blacksburg, and and have a great treatment but water and electronics do not like each other! If you’re someone who is active and around rivers, lakes, and oceans frequently,  or keep your iPhone in your back pocket (we see many end up in the toilet..), this will be a good reason to upgrade.

 

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Camera
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cameras have been revamped to enhance low-light capabilities and take even sharp
er photos. The smaller 4.7-inch device has a f/1.8 lens that lets 50% more light into the lens and a new 12MP sensor (that’s 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient). The 7 Plus, 5.5
-inch version of the handset has a dual-lens camera. This allows a huge increase in quality when zooming in on a photo. The iPhone 7 Plus also has two 12MP cameras, one of which is a wide angle lens and the other a telephoto lens that can zoom 2X in high quality without using any software. The telephoto lens means the camera can zoom to 10X with optical and soft zoom.   If you’re someone who takes a lot of pictures then this upgrade is for you!  If you’ve got kids then this camera should be able
to capture their quick motions in indoor light quite well.  Outdoor action pics should be stunning.  We’ll mention that the camera on the 6S and 6S Plus are also fantastic but this upgrade is necessary to compete with Samsung’s newest flagships.

 

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Battery Life
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he models will have the longest battery life ever in an iPhone. An iPhone 7 will last, on average, two hours longer than an iPhone 6s and an hour longer than iPhone 6s Plus. This isn’t the huge breakthrough we’d hoped for but is still welcome news.  The battery life on previous models isn’t terrible so this upgrade isn’t worth it on its own, in our opinion.  If your previous iPhone’s battery life has been getting worse then we at Valley iRepair can install a new battery for you, while you watch!

 

 

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Home Button 

The new home button will provide vibration-based taptic feedback system so that it will vibrate when touched to give users feedback.  We think this will be interesting, but no game changer and probably not a reason to upgrade phones.

 

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Performance
The model will be powered by the new Apple A10 Fusion which has a 64-bit 4 core CPU. That makes it 40% faster than the A9 used in the iPhone 6s and double the speed of the A8 processors. It also has ramped-up graphics performance which is also 40% more powerful than the A9.  The 6S brought a fast processor and the 7 seems to have really ramped up speeds.  If you’re into gaming or just like having instant response from your device then this is reason enough to upgrade.

 

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Appearance
This version looks very similar to the 6/6s. The new models are available in five different colors including two new shades of black. We think they look great but this isn’t the reason to upgrade unless you’re just tired of your old iPhone and are ready for a change.

 

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Headphone Jack
They’ve removed the jack, as you’ve probably heard.  They’re shipping the iPhone with headphones that plug into the lightening port (charging port).  Included will be a dongle/adaptor that will allow your old headphones to work.  They’re also offering wireless headphones called Airpods.  This is an interesting evolution of audio in the iPhone but not a reason, on its own, to upgrade.

 

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Stereo Speakers
This one isn’t a huge upgrade but we think it’ll seem impossible to go back to a single speaker after experiencing it.  Is it a reason to upgrade though?  Probably not on its own.

 

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Storage
The iPhone 7 will offer 32 gb, 128 gb, and 256 gb.  We see many people come into our shop complaining about running out of storage space. Thankfully Apple has increased the bottom tier to 32 gb.  We recommend buying the 128 gb. You’ll have plenty of space for apps and pictures.  Be careful though, having tons of storage space means you can go months without backing up and if you should lose or damage your phone, then months of your pictures may be lost for good.  Backing up periodically is advisable.

Price:
The price will remain the same as the 6S when it was launched.  It’ll start at $769 for the iPhone 7, 32gb and go up from there.  The Plus is typically a little more expensive.  How this will translate into prices offered from your carriers has yet to be seen.  If you’re available for an upgrade through your carrier then it may make sense to upgrade!  You can often trade in your old iPhone and get considerable discount but they’re often required to be in fully working order.  We see many people repairing their broken iPhone screens on older devices so they can trade them in and get the discounts.  Valley iRepair will be happy to offer this service at either our Roanoke or Blacksburg office.

COMPARISON SHOPPING

Model Size US UK AU
iPhone 7 32GB $649 £599 AU$1,079
128GB $749 £699 AU$1,229
256GB $849 £799 AU$1,379
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB $769 £719 AU$1,269
128GB $869 £819 AU$1,419
256GB $969 £919 AU$1,569

 

Conclusion
There are many variables to consider when upgrading your phone.  If you’ve got an older device, like an iPhone 5, it may be time to upgrade because Apple will stop supporting it with updates, possibly with this next upgrade to iOS 10.  If you’re on a 6 or a 6S then the choice get’s trickier.  Those phones are still relevant and quite capable.  The choice comes down to a few factors:

  • Status of your current phone (is it old or showing its age/malfunctioning)
  • Budget (can you afford it)
  • Features and Lifestyle (do you want that great new camera or need water resistance because you’re cliff diving every weekend)

The choice is yours alone to make!