Recently, Apple introduced a new Apple Watch, iPhone 7, and the iPhone 7 Plus, all of which have some awesome features.
No More Headphone Jack?
The first thing that I want to get out of the way is all the hype about Apple killing the headphone jack. If you’ve seen anything in the news about the new iPhone, it is probably about this controversy. The internet has been in an “uproar” about this, but I don't consider it that big of a deal.
For starters, I use my headphones more than anyone I know. I listen to the equivalent of one audiobook a week. So when I heard that they were eliminating the headphone jack, I was pretty distraught. Luckily, during their keynote, Apple demonstrated the new pair of headphones that use the Lightning adapter instead of the classic 3.5mm jack. Furthermore, the new phone included a Lightning to classic 3.5mm headphone adapter. This means all of your old headphones will work! Yes, they eliminated the headphone jack, but they took into account all old headphones so it won't be a big issue.
Let’s talk about why they removed the headphone jack. First, the new phone is water resistant. Eliminating a hole in your phone goes a long way to eliminating the ability for water to get into it. Although it is possible to make the phone water resistant with the jack, getting rid of it made it much easier to accomplish.
Furthermore, the new iPhone 7 will be one of the most engineered, tested, optimized, and powerful devices on the market. Although the headphone jack may seem like such a little piece of the phone, it takes up some valuable real estate internally that could be used for more battery or other chips and features. Removing the headphone jack not only helps it be watertight, but also allows for more optimization of internal components.
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Now Apple also has their own Bluetooth headphones called Airpods. These are essentially two Bluetooth headsets that sit in your ears. The work with all of your Apple devices, including your Apple watch. They have a five-hour battery life and a snazzy holder that will also keep them charged up while they are in your pocket. The only thing I don’t like about these Airpods are the fact that they will set you back $160.
Now let’s talk about my absolute favorite new feature about the iPhone 7, which is the fact that it is water resistant. To be specific it’s IP 67 tested. The 67 means two things. The six means that it is totally protected from dust getting into it. The seven means that it is protected against getting into the phone between 15cm and 1m deep in water. This means that you can go swimming with it and be totally fine. The only better rating is IP 68 where the 8 is “Protected against long periods of immersion under pressure.” Now at the moment I wouldn’t go swimming with your new iPhone 7, but based on the rating, it should be a complete possibility.