The iPhone 7 has a lot going for it, but the one feature that could signal either a new era – or draw the most flak for iPhone’s latest device – are the AirPods, Apple’s wireless earphones.
Wireless audio isn’t a new thing, but scrapping the earphone port from the new iPhone is a brave move for Apple. Many see this as a step towards taking an analog feature and transitioning it to digital technology. It signals that wireless audio will grow in popularity and may be the new standard as android headsets follow Apple’s lead.
Apple’s rationale for removing the port is that it creates space for added internal hardware in the new model. So iPhone users will have to find another way to use their earphones.
The result is then, is the controversial AirPod that doesn’t have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Daily Mail reports that Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president for worldwide marketing says that, “The analog headphone jack has been with us for a very long time. But the reason to move on is courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us.”
In response, iPhone users say that doing away with the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack requires more bravery on the part of the user. This is because there has to be a commitment to the AirPod, which cost USD 159 in the U.S. The tiny, expensive accessory could easily get lost, misplaced or accidentally ingested by children and pets by virtue of design.
Memes on this scenario and with the hashtag #courage, have flooded social media in protest of the AirPod.
— Dallas Campbell (@dallascampbell) September 9, 2016
— Tommy Bergeron (@TommyBergeron) September 7, 2016
Here’s some new Apple headphones that are more expensive, easier to lose and you need to charge them every few hours. #courage
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) September 7, 2016
The other matter is that Apple’s wired EarPods, which are likewise a bit costly, won’t work anymore with the iPhone 7, not unless you get a Lightning 3.5mm adapter. But when headphones are upgraded to accommodate the Lightning Jack, this can’t be used in non-Apple devices anymore.
However, there’s another option: you can use Bluetooth headphones, or any other that can go with Apple’s Lightning connector.
Apple justifies moving the headphones to the Lightning connector as a plus for iPhone 7 users, because the AirPods can provide five hours of playback, while the charging case lasts 25 hours. The quality of the digital audio is not quite the same with an analog connection, Schiller says.
But the good news is most iPhone fans are willing to put up with the AirPod because of iPhone 7’s other smashing features, most notably the camera.
Time reports that photography enthusiasts are gushing over the new specs: The iPhone 7’s wide-angle 28mm, 12-megapixel camera has optical image stabilization, a bigger f/1.8 aperture and a new six-element lens.
The result? Users get more brightness and detail in video and photos.
The iPhone is a favorite among amateur photographers because they say it allows them to work with low light and dark scenarios without compromising the brightness and detail.
The iPhone 7 Plus is even a bigger treat with its second 12-megapixel camera that has a 56mm focal length. The optical zoom is 2x as much as before.
Despite the initial misgivings, and with clearer and more aesthetic selfies, a lot of users are more than willing to run with the iPhone 7.