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iPhone 7 draws mixed reviews


by Maddie Baker, Opinion

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Everyone is buzzing about the new iPhone 7, which was released on September 7. Some people love it and others hate it. So what’s all the debate about and what’s changed?

Apple claims that their new product has many new improvements including an advanced new camera system, splash, dust and water resistance, better speakers for higher quality sound, the best battery yet in an iphone, and a brighter and more colorful display.

The iPhone 7 comes in two sizes. The iPhone 7 has a 4.7 inch display and the iPhone 7 plus has a 5.5 inch display. There are five colors to choose from: matte black, glossy jet black, silver, gold, and rose gold. They’ve also altered the home button, which is now customizable and gives users definite feedback as they press since it is now pressure sensitive. Spring Lake student Anna Goldman said, “I like it, but I think it’s too big. Personally, I like the 6 better.”

The iPhone 7 comes packaged with EarPods, lightning connector, lightning to USB cable, SW USB power adapter, and a lightening to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter. The main thing people are talking about is how Apple renovated their earbuds to be wireless. Consumers can’t even plug in their old pair of headphones into the new phone; there’s no earbud jack. Wireless EarPods are sold separately, retailing for around $150. The packaging does, however, include an earbud adaptor that plugs into the phone’s power cord port.

Laker Madelyn Hutch complains, “It makes me mad that there isn’t a headphone jack, but other than that it seems pretty cool.” But that hasn’t stopped some customers, who are drilling earbud jacks into the phone. Apple claims to have removed it to make the phone slimmer and to be more water resistant. There are worries about losing the earbuds, the cost, and radiation damage from them.

There have been studies that have shown that wireless technology has been linked to brain damage, cancer tumors, and other chronic health conditions. So is the iPhone 7 really worth the cost? The starting price for the iPhone 7 is $649 and the iPhone 7 Plus is $769. The more storage the customer wants, the higher the price.Of course, there are payment plans which can be arranged through Apple or any iPhone retailer.


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