Dear Apple fanboys and fangirls,
You’re probably not going to be too happy with this article. But we know you are reasonable people and will eventually see the truth. We hate to break it to you, but Apple is far from being an innovative brand anymore; indeed, Apple is quickly falling behind the curve compared to competitors like Samsung. Apple is nothing more than a generic company at this point. This couldn’t be more evident than with their latest flagship, the iPhone 7.
While Apple unveiled its new features like a better camera, water-resistance and a faster processor, these features have already been done before - and better - on other smartphones out there. On top of all of that, the iPhone 7 is also very similar to its predecessor, giving those who own this model no reason to upgrade at all. The only reason you might consider upgrading is if you own the iPhone 5. Even then, the results show that there are better smartphones on the market. Samsung, for example, offers great customizability, something that Apple utterly fails at. It’s time to start fangirling on a new and improved model.
16 Significant Differences In Plus
15 No Surprises Anymore
14 AirPods Suck
13 Rare Jet Black Color Blows
12 Already Has Bugs
11 Emits “Hissing” Sound
10 Water Resistant, NOT Water Proof
The iPhone 7 is actually the first ever iPhone to be water-resistant, which can mean different things depending on the rating it has been given. For the iPhone 7, its rating is IP67, meaning it can withstand being submerged in 1 meter (3 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes. Keep in mind, however, that just because Apple’s new flagship is “water resistant,” that doesn't equal waterproof. This does not mean you take your iPhone for a swim in the pool or take underwater pictures. Taking your iPhone surfing, or at least exposing your iPhone to salt water is not recommended either. In fact, people have already tested the water resistance of these phones and after exposing the iPhone 7 Plus to salt water, it ended up with audio issues.
9 Been Done Before, Not Cool
8 The Home Button Feels Weird
Another change to the iPhone 7 has to do with the home button. Long gone are the days when you would “click” it since that once satisfying click has now been replaced with a “buzz.”
7 Sorry, Gym Rats And Canadians
6 The Smartphone Plateau: Yawn
The new features that came with the iPhone 7 have made it clear that Apple has reached a smartphone plateau. In other words, don’t expect anything magical from your phone in the near future. Sure, you can expect a thinner or more speedy phone, but that’s all that the smartphone world can give you at the moment. In actuality, the iPhone 7 doesn’t even look all that different from its predecessor: it’s still thin and rectangular. Apple is definitely running out of steam, so don’t expect to be able to bend your phone like silly putty any time soon. Of course, this isn’t only an Apple problem.
5 No Headphone Jack?!
If you know anything about the iPhone 7, it probably has something to do with the with removal of the headphone jack, a decision useful for no one except Apple. Think about it: how many times have you almost dropped your phone onto the pavement but the headphone's wire saved it just in time? And to think that that isn’t even the only problem.
Ditching the headphone jack means that you are now going to have to use wireless headphones, which are problematic (of course, you could use an adapter if you wanted to use wired headphones). They are expensive if you are going to get a good pair. They are also very easy to lose. The point is that your total expenditure on Apple products this year is more than likely to rise. Plus, you’re going to be annoyed AF when you can’t connect them.
4 Battery Life "Fusion" Did Not Improve Anything
The iPhone 7’s biggest advancement has to do with the chip, the A10 Fusion. While a name like “Fusion” chip would lead you to believe that it must be very cool, well, it isn’t. While Apple made a big deal about it, the only thing that this new chip has to offer is that you save a few seconds when you’re opening up an app or installing an update. Big deal. How many users would even notice that it took a few less seconds to open up their camera?
3 Camera/Screen Upgrades Are Lackluster
The improvements in the iPhone 7 (i.e. usually the reasons in support of why you should upgrade your phone) are lackluster at best. The iPhone 7 is supposed to come with a brighter screen, making it easier to read when you’re out in the sunshine, but who does that? Do better, Apple. Alright, so it added a second speaker (only made possible via the lack of the headphone jack), meaning you can just expect to have to invest in a hearing aid sooner than later. Actually, we take this back as the addition of the extra speaker didn’t even lead to better sound, at least compared to the iPhone 6.
The camera is supposed to be better, particularly that you can take better pictures when the light is low. But if anything, taking pictures in the dark makes you look kind of like a creeper. Even if you aren’t an actual creeper. Now they're saying that the Samsung Galaxy S7 has a better camera anyway...
2 Apple Just Wants Your Money
1 The Investment Never Ends
We’ve all tried our hand at those claw machines, where you insert your hard-earned cash and control the claw in order to get a toy, but we all know that they are essentially a money suck. And so is the iPhone 7. In fact, we’ve already outlined a few of the ways the iPhone 7 is going to drain all of your savings. From the increased likelihood of you now smashing your phone now that the headphones aren’t there to protect you, to losing your earbuds, you might as well give Apple all your money now. Want to use wired headphones? You’ll have to shell out for an adapter. But there’s more. Apple didn’t even have the decency to give its users a free pair of AirPods. And those suckers aren't cheap, priced at $157 a pop. Indeed, Apple could have at least thrown in a complementary pair. Also, let’s return to the jet-black colored phones. To prevent the black jet color phone from scratching, Apple suggests that users invest in an (Apple) case for the phone - obviously.
Sources: DigitalTrends, BusinessInsider, TheGuardian
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