Before we dive into the good, the bad, and the ugly letâs take a look at the new features the iPhone 7 has to offer. These features include Bluetooth Airpods by Beats, AMOLED display, an inductive charging pad, and a force touch on the home button with a tactic engine.
The most interesting feature of all, in my opinion, is the inductive charging pad. Something I've considered buying at a Montreal cell phone repair shop. This is also known as wireless charging. Without the need to constantly plug and unplug a device to a USB outlet, there is significantly less wear and tear on the socket of the device and the connecting cable. Although this is great for apple customers, local cell phone repair shops may find that less and less phones need to be repaired. Downsides to wireless charging include longer charging times due to lower efficiency, higher cost, and the inconvenience of not being able to move the phone while it's charging. Keeping with the wireless theme, the iPhone 7 has introduced the idea of a phone without a headphone jack. Apple's wireless headphones offer five hours of music, can automatically pause playback on removal, and can activate Siri with a touch. These new features are very interesting, but, if youâre annoyed about the change you are not the only one. There are many mixed emotions regarding the wireless headphones. Some people love the removal of headphone chords because activities like jogging or hiking can be frustrating when the chord is always getting accidentally ripped of the socket or your ear. For this reason and the fact that the headphone jack has been removed all together, this feature is undoubtedly the most talked about by majority of apple customers. Some people have commented on the inevitability of misplacing or losing one of the Airpods since they are no longer connected by a chord.
California-based accessory company, Spigen, saw the opportunity and has created a welcomed solution to this dilemma. Spigen has officially introduced the AirPods Strap which is essentially a chord that will connect the AirPods together. AirPod Straps are currently available for pre-order on Amazon for $10. This strap is essentially the same as a strap your grandmother may have used to keep her glasses around her neck, except it looks like an Apple product and is considered âtangle-freeâ. Some customers are turning to more extreme measures by literally drilling a hole into their brand new iPhone 7 where the jack used to be. It is unclear whether or not this really works, but some people are swearing by it. It all began when TechRax uploaded a video demonstrating how the iPhone 7 can be modified to include a 3.5 mm audio jack. Since going live earlier this month, the video has over 13 million views. Perhaps this should be a sign to the team at Apple that the world wasn't ready for the removal of headphone jacks. Or maybe we, as Apple consumers, just aren't courageous enough to handle the change.