The iPhone 7 was released with new uni-body colour options, a new touch-capacitive home button, water and dust resistance and an improved camera. Apple removed the headphone jack and kept the design similar to the iPhone 6S. The 12-megapixel camera was also first introduced in this model.
We like chips - The A10 Fusion Chip, that is.
This iPhone 7 features the A10 Fusion chip. The chip has four cores - two for energy-efficiency and two for performance. It has a 50% faster graphics processor and a 40% faster CPU than previous iPhones.
The A10 chip is smart. Depending on the kind of task you’re performing on your phone, it will decide in the moment which core needs to be used. This is all because the A10 chip is dedicated to faster performance and a better battery life.
The iPhone 7 was tested for its durability in real-life situations such as being submerged in water or having excess pressure applied to the screen.
In the US, smartphone insurer SquareTrade conducted a pressure and bend test on the iPhone 7 and found that it only bent when 180 pounds of pressure - approximately 90 kg’s - were applied. However, we would still recommend you not sitting on your phone! All in all, we’ll give the iPhone 7 an 8/10 for durability.
This feature allows users to type a message on their screen and have the iPhone read the text out aloud.
Zoom allows users to magnify their screen making text and the overall appearance larger and easier to read. One can magnify the screen up to 15 times its original size.
Real-time text (RTT) allows users with hearing impairments to type and send a conversational text while on the phone
The dictation feature allows a user to verbally relay a message while the iPhone types it out. This may be helpful for users who have impairments with their hands or fingers.
Type to Siri is useful for people unable to speak. One can type a query to Siri instead of saying it.
Switch Control is for users who have very little mobility and allows them to control their iPhone or iPad using moves as small as a blowing, blinking or clicking a button. Other devices such as a joystick can work with Switch Control.
Closed captions were created for users who are deaf or hard of hearing. Closed captions are also known as subtitles for video or audio material.
Assistive Touch helps users who have difficulty pressing buttons, applying 3D Touch and pinch-to-zoom on an iPhone or iPad. The feature provides an onscreen button which can be tapped instead of having to physically press it on the side.
Speak Screen reads anything that’s being displayed on your phone.