iPhone 7 Release Forces an Evolution in Music Listening

Photo courtesy of ingadget.com: “Apple’s AirPods, wireless earbuds to replace the old earphones, cost $159.”

On September 7th, 2016, Apple announced the release of its newest product: the iPhone 7. Since Apple became one of America’s leading companies, the hype has not died down. New Apple products come out often, ranging from TV’s to watches. Apple is not backing down anytime soon.

While it looks almost identical to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, the iPhone 7 stands apart in other ways. It’s fully water-resistant, meaning we will no longer have to leave our phone in a bag of rice for hours when water gets inside. However, this iPhone will not have a headphone jack. Pure genius of Apple, or completely unnecessary? Josie Steinberg ‘18, says, “The fact that the headphones are wireless will refrain a lot of people from buying it. The extra $160 for the wireless headphones is a complete waste, considering the phone itself is also expensive.” Eli Gottsegen, a freshman, contrasts Josie’s thoughts, “I think a waterproof phone is a smart idea, but removing the headphone jack is not the way to go about it.” He claims, “In the past couple of years, one of the biggest problems with the iPhone is the very common water damage. The fact that the geniuses at Apple found a real way to solve this issue is absolutely mind-boggling. It is such a great, new addition to the world renowned product.” Clearly, this product generates different opinions regarding its ability to resist water and the exclusion of the headphone jack.

Additionally, there are other interesting changes made to the new model. The familiar Home button lost its physical appearance and shifted to a virtual electronic sensor. Combined with a so called longer battery life and a quicker processor, the iPhone 7 has claimed to be an overall faster phonehich appears to make sense given every time Apple releases a new model, the idea of “faster” seems to hold true.

With all these changes, there are many conflicting opinions when it comes to whether or not the iPhone 7 has lived up to all the noise and hype. Because a lot of us are Apple customers, we are used to this constant change when it comes to a new product. For everyone else, welcome to the new normal. This is the society we live in: the maturing technology business.

By Emma Gottsegen

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