The release of a new iPhone version always generates a considerable amount of hype. With it comes the inevitable barrage of social media posts outlining every possible, insignificant flaw to be found. Oftentimes, these complaints are minor and a result of an incompetent user, not an actual technical issue. However, the release of the iPhone 7 has everyone complaining, and for some pretty concrete reasons.
The most common complaint is due to the lack of a headphone jack. The new system, known as Lightning EarPods, has a new headphone jack which inserts straight into the adapter. In an article on VentureBeat it outlines some serious concerns with the new port.
But what about the Lightning EarPods? They’re a headache just waiting to happen, too. They won’t work with any device that doesn’t have a Lightning port. When you lose them, you’ll have to buy an extra set of the milky white earbuds from the Apple Store, only to lose them again — and buy new ones, and lose those, and on and on. Just like the original earphones that came with your old iPod.
Another concern from a huge percentage of new iPhone 7 owners was the poor battery life. The Guardian writes:
Battery life, however, is poor. Using it as my primary device with three hours of app usage and browsing, hundreds of emails and push notifications, a couple of photos, five hours of music over Bluetooth headphones and the odd game of Jetpack Joyride during my one hour and 20 minute train commute to and from work, it lasted an average of just over 14 hours between charges, meaning it didn’t survive past 9.30pm.
Rather than having better battery life in my testing, the iPhone 7 has a worse battery life than the iPhone 6s when new. No single app caused significant battery drain, I do not have the Facebook app installed and Low Power Mode made no appreciable difference in my testing when enabled at 20%.
Another sad realization for all those iPhone 7 advocates is that the camera, advertised to be a huge improvement, is really not noticeably better. Upon comparing performance quality with that of an iPhone 6s, nobody was able to see a perceptible difference. MarketWatch expresses the disappointment of many users.
When Apple AAPL, +0.35% introduced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models earlier this month, it hyped the significant upgrades to the cameras, citing better zoom capabilities, wide color capture and dual camera implementation.
Still, this is what Consumer Reports found, or more appropriately, what it didn’t find: “So far, we’ve found no major leap in camera performance from the iPhone 6s models.”
Last but not least, there have been many complaints about the new A10 Fusion processor in the iPhone 7 and 7s. Apparently, once the phone is being used at a relatively high capacity, it starts to make a hissing sound much like a computer when its fans turn on. However, people are quite confused about this, as expressed by Chance Miller:
The general consensus is that the hiss is somehow related to the A10 Fusion processor due to the fact that it only emerges when the device is under heavy load and emanates from the general area where the processor lives. While the sound is similar to a laptop fan according to folks with the issue, the iPhone obviously doesn’t have any fans inside of it which is what makes this a head-scratcher. Given the fact that the iPhone is a relatively lower-power device, it’s unusual for it to make a sound like this outside of speaker noise.
There were various other problems, but of much lesser importance. The bigger issues, however, are unacceptable. After all of the pre-release hype, the actual product is less than satisfactory. Although it has been advertised as having major improvements, it actually has given the users more problems than it has fixed. Although it can be assumed that Apple is presently fixing these issues, it is nonetheless unacceptable. For the time being, and until these problems are resolved, it would be best to stick with your old version of the iPhone.