So how different is it to go from an iPhone 6s to a 7? Honestly, not that much, and thats a good thing as the 6s was an excellent phone. As it has been for the past couple of iterations of the iPhone, the changes have been mostly gradual: better camera, longer-lasting battery, faster processors, etc. These are always welcome changes, but definitely not a reason to rush to change if you are only one version behind. The iPhone 7, however, brings about some bigger changes than usual which I will discuss in a little more detail below and clarify how that affects the typical iPhone experience.
1. The Missing Headphone Jack
This is the big one: no. headphone. jack. At first I thought Apple wouldn't be that crazy, but then I remembered they also recently released a new Macbook with only one port so I figured anything was possible. As with many of Apple's bigger changes this can be seen in two lights: Apple is pushing the common person into a wireless future and will force all companies to soon embrace this wonderful future with no wires; or Apple is looking to boost sales of it's brand new AirPods (which have yet to be released smh) and Beats headphones along with continuing to sell tons of adapters to poor consumers who will have no choice but to buy multiple adapters as they inevitably lose the provided adapter. I assume the reality is somewhere in the middle, and as someone who loves the idea of going completely wireless, I figured I would be able to manage moderately well. And truthfully it hasn't been that bad. There are tons of really cheap and good bluetooth headphones on the market right now and if battery starts to run low on the headphones you can always use the included lightning headphones or your old favorite headphones with the adapter. Really the biggest annoyance with the lack of the headphone jack is that you cannot use your wired headphones and charge the phone at the same time. For most people this won't usually be an issue but when it does get you it will be very frustrating.
2. The New Home Button
Although it looks like the iPhone 7 has retained the same classic look one big difference is that there is no longer a regular physical home button. Instead, they have done something similar as what they did with the latest Macbook, where the user is given the feeling of clicking by small engines providing haptic feedback. To me, this is great because I always felt that the home button was one of the more vulnerable pieces of previous iPhones that would become damaged by repeated use of the button to either unlock the screen or use the multitasking. Now I feel much more confident tapping away at the button without fear that I will be sacrificing the longevity of my phone.
3. Water Resistance
This was a very welcome, and long overdue, change from Apple. Although all the reviews and Apple representatives I have talked to are very careful to clarify that it is water resistant and not waterproof, it is still very comforting to know that I can now be caught in the rain or spill something on my phone and not immediately have to fear the worst. I have not purposely tried to get the phone wet as of yet as I don't want to tempt fate either, but next time the rain catches me off guard I will also not be removing my shirt to wrap it around the phone as it was an irreplaceable treasure.
Overall, I have been loving the iPhone 7 and I have not hated the missing headphone jack nearly as much as I thought I would! The phone has been great and the new matte black color is oh so sexy. In addition, I love the new storage options that are available as I can now get a 128 gb phone for what I previously paid for the 64 gb. You never think you will fill up that much space, but with such a great camera and Amazon Prime's ability to download movies and tv shows, it will disappear fast. So if you have an iPhone 6 or lower and are looking for a new phone, I definitely think the iPhone 7 would be an excellent choice.