iPhone 7: Should you upgrade?

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من طرف Matar Khalifa

Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus hit shelves on Friday, September 16 (they're on preorder now), and you have a decision to make: stick with your phone for now or buy one of the new ones. Remember that the iPhone 7 Plus has the larger screen, second camera and slightly longer battery life. (For more details, here are all the differences between the two.) The new iPhones also ship with iOS 10, and many phones will upgrade to the new software starting September 13 -- here's the full list.


So what do you really gain or lose by taking the plunge to the iPhone 7? Now, we haven't had a chance to fully review the devices yet, so we can't firmly tell you yet if you should stay or you should you go, now. But we can tell you what's different on paper. (We'll update this when the full iPhone 7 and 7 Plus reviews are in.)

Scroll down to find your phone. If it isn't on this list, it's ancient by phone standards, and you'll almost definitely see performance and feature gains by upgrading. Ready? Here we go!

iPhone 6S to iPhone 7

The iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 are the most similar, so switching between the two is more of a toss-up. If you're part of Apple's yearly upgrade program, you won't have to decide, you automatically get this year's phone. Waterproofing, camera improvements and increased storage are the main reasons to make the jump.

What you get with the iPhone 7

  • Jet- and matte-black color options
  • Waterproofing
  • Home button's "taptic" vibrations
  • Optical image stabilization for 12-megapixel camera
  • 7-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • 32GB base storage up from 16GB (and up to 256GB)
  • Slightly faster A10 Fusion processor and longer battery life

What's the same

  • Screen size and most body dimensions
  • Siri voice assistant integration
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Apple Pay

What you're losing when upgrading to iPhone 7

  • Headphone jack and clickable home button

iPhone SE to iPhone 7

The pocket-friendly iPhone SE has a 4-inch screen and smaller, squarer body. It's a likable, fluid device to be sure, and is a budget phone by Apple standards, initially $399/£359/AU$679 for the 16GB version. Now, Apple's dropped the 64GB version to $449/£UK /AU$749. It's hard to imagine that the iPhone 7 won't outperform the SE in every way, but if a compact body's important to you, the SE may still be your best bet.

What you get with the iPhone 7

  • Pressure-sensitive 3D Touch screen
  • Jet- and matte-black color options
  • Waterproofing
  • Home button's "taptic" vibrations
  • Optical image stabilization for 12-megapixel camera
  • 7-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • 32GB base storage up from 16GB (and up to 256GB)
  • Slightly faster A10 Fusion processor

What's the same

  • Pixel density (text and images should look just as crisp)
  • Battery life, potentially. Our review unit lasted 13 hours in our battery drain test.
  • Siri voice-assistant integration
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Apple Pay

What you're losing when upgrading to iPhone 7

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Much smaller, thinner, lighter design
  • Savings; this is considered a budget iPhone

iPhone 6 to iPhone 7

If you need the latest and greatest Apple hardware, or you absolutely need to step up your photography game, you may consider upgrading from theiPhone 6. If those aren't essential to you, however, hold off updating until the next iteration. The jump to the iPhone 7 is too incremental and not worth the trouble.

What you get with the iPhone 7

  • Pressure-sensitive 3D Touch screen
  • Jet-black and rose-gold color options
  • Waterproofing
  • Home button's "taptic" vibrations
  • Optical image stabilization for 12-megapixel camera and 4K video recording
  • Better flash and Live Photos
  • 7-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Faster A10 Fusion processor and longer battery life
  • 32GB base storage up from 16GB (and up to 256GB)

What's the same

  • Screen size and pixel density (text and images should look just as crisp)
  • Weight/size
  • Siri voice-assistant integration
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Apple Pay

What you're losing when upgrading to iPhone 7

  • 3.5mm headphone jack

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