Today, Wednesday, September 7th 2016, Apple is scheduled to release the iPhone 7 during the annual Fall Media Conference in San Francisco. The release comes heavily anticipated by many, amid rumors of a waterproof or water-resistant device, as well as the the removal of the long-standing headphone jack.
The usual two model format will be followed–complete with the iPhone 7, and 7 Plus–available in all previous colors.
The launch also features the new “Space Black” shade, a darker, more glossed “piano black” finish. Other main features include, according to MacRumors®, a “flush, pressure sensitive home button”, and “two [front facing] cameras instead of one, with 2-3x optical zoom and improved performance in low-light conditions for brighter, more detailed photos”.
Mac users will be glad to hear that Apple will be doubling the starting storage capacity of the iPhone 7 from 16 to 32 gigabytes. Then, moving up in price, Apple will sell a 128GB model, and possibly one with a whopping 256GB of storage for all of your potential favorite dog filter selfies and cat video downloads.
The most alarming change to many, the headphone jack removal, spells the end of an era. The modern 3.5 mm headphone jack has been in primary use since the advent of the manual telephone exchange in 1878. Apple has hinted at easing into the transition with lightning to headphone jack adapters. But the general feeling over Twitter and Facebook is frustration at the loss of the jack, and the proposed bluetooth “air pod” Apple headphones.
i already lost my first pair of iPhone 7 headphones looking at this pic pic.twitter.com/pkAg7Gpu6f
— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤchris (@akaaMonty) September 5, 2016
only reason I wouldn’t buy the iPhone 7 is bc of the headphones. At least have a port for regular ones 😑
— CSmooth ♚ (@_chrisgray5) September 1, 2016
Not having the headphone jack will mean that in the future, headphone companies must make more expensive bluetooth headphones, or incorporate the lightning plug. The lightning plug tends to retail for significantly more than it’s android alternative’s chargers.
Ultimately, Apple has stayed true to its annual incremental release of features, added to a similar phone body. The loss of the headphone jack is viewed as a massive blunder by some, and simply creative destruction by others. Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter @TheForestScout.
Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote starts at 10AM PT, 1PM ET, 6PM GMT, 7PM CET and 10:30PM IST on September 7.
You can stream the event today on Apple’s site at apple.com/apple-events/september-2016, using:
- Safari on iOS 7.0 or later
- Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5
- Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
- Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later, or a 4th generation Apple TV. You should be able to find the event listed in the Apple Events app