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iPhone 7s are more trouble for Apple users

iPhone 7s are more trouble for Apple users

iPhone 7s are more trouble for Apple users
September 12
17:02 2016

Kearin Beeson

When you hear the word “Apple,” do you think of the delicious fruit or the lucrative company worth over $600 billion? If you own an Apple product, odds are that you’re thinking of the latter.

Ever since Apple introduced the first iPhone, they kicked off a now-iconic phone series that continues to improve with every innovation. But the company’s newest creation, the iPhone 7, has a lot of users questioning future purchases.

The hype about this “thinner, better” version has already taken over various social media, with more negatives than positives pointed out on those sites. And they are all right. As much as Apple deserves praise for their past inventions, the iPhone 7 is not one of them.

The first thing to know about them is their extremely unappealing price range. They can start from $649, but max out at nearly $1,000. Not everyone has a thousand dollars to spend on a hotline bling!

Also, there are always accessories that come with new models, like stronger adapters, cords and headphone sets. Although iPhone 7s promise those same supplements, the package has added something else: headphone jack adapters. Yes, Apple decided to forego the headphone jack with their newest creation. Now, the only way to plug in headphones is to have the adapter with it. How great.

Not only are the new adapters small for no reason, they are easier to lose and will prevent you from charging your phone and listening to music through plug-in headphones all at once.

Of course, Apple has (what they consider) to be a solution for all of this. If the cost of the phone itself isn’t going to hurt your wallet enough, you can buy “AirPods” for $159. These are new wireless headphones created exclusively for iPhone 7s, but can drain your battery life quicker than it should due to Bluetooth usage.

If you wanted a cheaper alternative, you could buy the charger and headphone adapter for $40. However, that’s a poor contingency plan for drivers of older cars that don’t have vehicular Bluetooth. So what happens to the sacred aux cord that marks the music trust of so many friends? Apple has basically rendered it useless without an adapter.

Another flaw is the possibility of bending, which was already a common annoyance with iPhone 6s. Since the successor to the throne is just as slim as the 6, the size only increases the bending outcome, while making it easier to shatter your phone upon dropping it. It sounds like nothing more than Apple spiting its customers at this point, especially after many of them have spent years requesting crack-resistant screens.

Despite their reputation for game-changing technology, the iPhone 7 is not shaping up to be Apple’s finest. In the past, people would buy Apple products in a heartbeat just because of name recognition. Now, Apple’s credibility and product revenue could substantially decrease because of the 7’s numerous cons and fewer pros.

All in all, news about the upcoming model is a huge letdown from the Apple brain trust. Purchase at your own risk.


Featured Illustration: Sam Wiggins

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Preston Mitchell

Preston Mitchell

Preston served as the Opinion Editor of the North Texas Daily from July 2016 to July 2017, and is a UNT graduate of integrative studies.

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