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6s vs 7: Features
It’s never a good idea to take your smartphone for a swim, but thanks to the iPhone 7’s IP67 certification it may still work after a 30 minute bath in 3ft of water. The 6s certainly can’t match this, but Apple still won’t cover water damage in the 7’s warranty so this feature may be a little unnecessary.
If you are one of the hundreds of millions of people who own a set of headphones that plug into a 3.5mm jack, you’ll probably be a bit miffed at Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. Apple may see this decision as a necessary evolution in smartphone technology, but they’re still trying to appeal to the masses by including a lightning to 3.5mm adapter with every iPhone 7. Along with the jack removal, Apple has also upgraded the external audio capabilities of the iPhone by including two loudspeakers with stereo quality sound. We tested out these speakers and they are definitely a major step up from the speaker quality offered by the 6s.
One of the less publicized features of the iPhone 7 lies in the home button upgrade. The new and improved home button is “Force Touch-capable”, meaning that it may feel like a regular button but it’s not. Compared to the iPhone 6s, the new home button gives you a haptic nudge, which is basically using 3D touch. This seemingly small change is actually a massive technological breakthrough, and Apple is promising that this new feature will have big implications for apps down the road. It adds a whole other layer to the operating experience and we are excited to see how app developers will use the new home button to their advantage. P.S. It’s also less likely to break!
The camera in the iPhone 7 is, believe it or not, almost the same as the iPhone 6s. Both are 12-megapixels, but Apple has managed to squeeze in a couple of upgrades that will improve your selfie-snapping experience. First, there’s the optical image stabilization, which will result in clearer pictures in less-than-perfect conditions. Then there’s the low light performance enhancing aperture of f/1.8, so you’ll get better quality images in the dark. Finally, the FaceTime HD camera has been upgraded from 5MP to 7MP and there’s a new quad-LED flash that will help pictures look more natural and brighter.