It's no secret that smartphones have become one of the most important and valuable items in people's daily lives. The mobile devices can perform a plethora of tasks, including staying in touch with contacts, downloading apps for any possible situation, and organizing entire personal media libraries. One of the leading manufacturers in this realm of technology of course is Apple, whose iPhone has sold phenomenally well since it was first introduced in 2007. With Samsung emerging as a rival in smartphones, Apple is always looking for new features to incorporate in their latest iPhone designs, trying to get an edge on the competition.
The iPhone 7 is expected to hit stores in September 2016, which means soon people will be making pre-orders and getting ready for the launch event. Now, thanks to a new video (watch it above), consumers can get an early look at a mockup of what the new model is expected to look like when it is made available.
Posted by YouTube channel Unbox Therapy, the video is mainly compares and contrasts the iPhone 7 Plus with the iPhone 6s Plus. For the most part, the two are similar; The 7 does include a second camera and is a bit thinner. There is one noticeable difference though, and it's sure to be a controversial one. Apple has removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 (as was previously rumored), putting a second speaker in its place.
There are ways around this (the video mentions a dongle or possibly wireless headphones), but it will no doubt be a frustrating development for those looking to upgrade this fall. With people on the go constantly, many watch videos and listen to music on their phones, obviously using headphones during their travels. Now that the jack is completely gone, it will arguably be difficult to hear audio while in public places. When using an iPhone in the privacy of one's home, the second speaker should be a nice addition, but it's a trade off many would probably rather not make.
Though there are reasons to explain why Apple would want to do this (producing a thinner iPhone, improving audio quality, Apple selling their own special headphones), none of them make a particularly strong case for moving forward with this. It's a curious development, and it will be interesting to see if this has any kind of impact on sales figures. Samsung has already mocked the iPhone 7 while showing off their new Galaxy Note 7, and they'll certainly make a point to reference it in television advertisements. The audio jack is something many people use frequently, after all.
It's worth pointing out that Apple has a long history of moving on from technologies they perceive to be obsolete. One only has to recall the removal of the floppy disc drive on the iMac as an example. Still, this does seem like an odd decision and unless they have a plan in place, it may not pay off in the long run. At the same time, Apple has found plenty of success time and time again, so it's worth giving them a shot to prove themselves with the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7 Plus is expected to hit stores in September 2016.
Source: Unbox Therapy