iPhone 7 Pros & Cons, Release Date, Features, Specs, and Update Tips

iPhone 7 has many stunning features.
Will them lure you to buy iPhone 7?

Earlier the Septermber 2016, Apple finally lifted the lid on the most-expected iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus with many merits, such as probably larger camera holes, 3D screen, wireless charging, 256GB storage option, no headphone jack, etc. According to PhoneArena, about 50% iPhone users will upgrade to iPhone 7 while 19% will swtich to Samsung. Here comes the dilemma: Should you upgrade to iPhone 7? If you are still sitting on the sidelines for picking up Apple's next flagship, the following iPhone 7 review, dissimilar to other posts online focusing merely on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 release date, prices and specs, will elaborate everything about Apple's iPhone 7/Plus, with features, iPhone 7 pros & cons, comparison with others and even iPhone 7 update tips & FAQs all elaborated at great length.

Most Stunning Features on iPhone 7 (Plus)

Apple is unlikely to deviate from the tried and tested update & price processes and revamps its iPhone every other year routinely. As expected, iPhone 7 release date sticks to Sep.7th, 2016, with a price tag remaining the same for every new model. On top of that, you witness a major overhaul of iPhone 7. According to Apple's official page, iPhone 7 (Plus) really makes a splash with many attractive selling points and pros in iPhone 7: dual-cameras for a better image quality, no more ugly white plastic bands, waterproof and dust resistance design, wireless earphone and more. In the iPhone 7 review, we just dwell on the most stunning iPhone 7 (plus) features.

Display & Design
iPhone 7 keeps the same screen sizes of 4.7-inch Retina HD Display, 1334 x 750 Resolution, 326 ppi, but comes with some new designs on display, e.g. it ships with a flush camera, a metal and sapphire display, no more antenna bands and headphone jack. Naturally it owns a higher degree of scratch and water and shatter-resistance even it's thinner than iPhone 6s.
  • Display & Design
  • Improved Battery Life
  • Wireless Charging
  • Lighting-to-3.5mm Dongle
  • Waterproofing
  • Second-to-none A10 Processor
  • Huge Camera Jump
Improved Battery Life
Apple's mediocre battery life finally get improved on iPhone 7(Plus). The iPhone 7 improves its battery life which is up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 6S and 1 hour longer than iPhone 6s Plus. And the recent rumors say that the 2017 iPhone 8 will jump a big step in battery, with brand-new graphene battery instead of the lithium battery.
  • Display & Design
  • Improved Battery Life
  • Wireless Charging
  • Lighting-to-3.5mm Dongle
  • Waterproofing
  • Second-to-none A10 Processor
  • Huge Camera Jump
Wireless Charging
Wireless charging we much expect coming to iPhone 7/Plus. But what's an interesting thing is that we have to wait for 1 year to get iPhone 8 to enjoy this remote wireless charging. It's said that wireless charging lets you remote wirelessly charge your iPhone 8/Plus with several meters distance. If there is a wall or concrete objects between iPhone 8 and the charger, the charging performance might be unstable.
  • Display & Design
  • Improved Battery Life
  • Wireless Charging
  • Lighting-to-3.5mm Dongle
  • Waterproofing
  • Second-to-none A10 Processor
  • Huge Camera Jump
Lighting-to-3.5mm Dongle
Due to the changes of omitting the 3.5mm headphone jack on display, iPhone 7 features a lighting-to-3.5mm dongle for connection which is another big advancement from tech sites sources that review most about iPhone 7. Besides, wireless AirPods are sold alongside the iPhone 7 as a premium accessory and alternative to the EarPods.
  • Display & Design
  • Improved Battery Life
  • Wireless Charging
  • Lighting-to-3.5mm Dongle
  • Waterproofing
  • Second-to-none A10 Processor
  • Huge Camera Jump
iPhone 7 waterproof function is realized via a simple hydrophobic coating in and out of the device together with the closed design after omitting headphone jack, along with iOS 10 notification when water is near the lightning port. It is waterproofed to IP68 standards, which is innovative among iPhone 7 reviews. This sets good reasons for iPhone 7 update.
  • Display & Design
  • Improved Battery Life
  • Wireless Charging
  • Lighting-to-3.5mm Dongle
  • Waterproofing
  • Second-to-none A10 Processor
  • Huge Camera Jump
Second-to-none A10 Processor
iPhone 7 adopts the blazing fast and power efficient A10 processor, which is the core of iPhone 7 (iPhone 7 Plus) features review. The powerful A10 processor takes things to an entirely new level, making best use of CPU and GPU with 6 cores, delivering a performance boost of 20% and reducing power consumption by 40% simultaneously, compared to iPhone 6s.
  • Display & Design
  • Improved Battery Life
  • Wireless Charging
  • Lighting-to-3.5mm Dongle
  • Waterproofing
  • Second-to-none A10 Processor
  • Huge Camera Jump
Huge Camera Jump
Camera is always the most expected part of iPhone. There is a substantial change in iPhone 7 camera. Though iPhone 7 doesn't adopt dual-lens rear camera/3D camera which are applied in iPhone 7 Plus, it's set to make an improvement in camera, featuring a far larger camera than iPhone 6 series' 12MP cameras. Unfortunately, the camera bump still continues to be a part of iPhone 7 design.
  • Display & Design
  • Improved Battery Life
  • Wireless Charging
  • Lighting-to-3.5mm Dongle
  • Waterproofing
  • Second-to-none A10 Processor
  • Huge Camera Jump

Latest News for iPhone 7 & iPhone 8:

Feb. 16, 2017 | 10:41 am

From the 9to5mac news, it says that the iPhone 8 might adopt a new "function area" at the bottom of the display, extending the display area to 5.15 inches on the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 version. The function area is designed to locate in the current Home button area. Thus, the Touch ID function will be replaced by facial recognition or iris scanner.

Feb. 11, 2017 | 13:38 pm

There is no further change in iPhone 7, but this is not the story for upcoming iPhone 8. The latest rumor indicates that the iPhone 8 production is to begin earlier than before. But the much-anticipated iris scanner is still unclear. iPhone 8 will contine to be our focus and we will update the latest news for you.

Jan. 18, 2017 | 14:15 pm

Currently, the rumors about the upcoming iPhone 8 are heating up. Among them, the hottest one is the new laser sensor, which is said to support facial gesture and AR (Augmented Reality). If so, that's a piece of good news for game buffs, cuz the game expericen will reach a new height.

Dec. 28, 2016 | 11:38 am

Visit the Apple Support Forum or other forums and you will be catched by one problem: iPhone 7 Plus Cameras are Dying. Some users have their iPhone replaced by Apple to fix this iPhone 7 problem. Others resort to professional repair shop to repair their iPhone 7 cameras by the installation of a new camera module.

Nov. 30, 2016 | 14:21 pm

Soon after iPhone 7/Plus release, a major issue of iPhone 7/Plus emerges: iPhone 7/Plus is making a hissing sound. This is not a coincidence. It's a universal phenomenon. Fortunately, according to various sources, they indicate that you have no need to worry, cuz this might be related to A10 processor activiation during the reboot, just like the common PC problem known as 'coil whine'.

Nov. 15, 2016 | 17:09 pm

For users who purchase iPhone 7 with the jet black model might feel very frustrated about the scratches. Actually, the solution is quite simple. You need a beautiful yet unique iPhone 7 case to protect it from abrasion.

October 17, 2016

After upgrading to iPhone 7, you might also meet this common issue: iPhone 7 overheating problem. Users say that iPhone 7 gets overheat once it starts to download, play videos, transfer files or even take pictures. In such case, you're suggested to ditch away your iPhone case, reset iPhone 7 and shut down the background apps. If this is still not working, seek help from Apple Support.

Sep 9, 2016 | 9:00 am

TechRadar gives some disappointments on iPhone 7 such as iterative design and no headphone jack, which are also the two most complaining iPhone 7 cons among the tech giant editors. But still Apple brings many iPhone 7 pros such as dual camera, more memory, water resistance, and better processor this Sep.

The Definitive iPhone 7 Pros & Cons

The iPhone 7 features we review above give some more information about what are advantages and disadvantages of iPhone 7 family. Explicitly, the flagship gets more power and boasts a big gorgeous screen with a great camera and battery life. But iPhone 7, on the other hand, is devoid of microSD Card slot, widget support, to name a few. Will these iPhone 7 strengths outweigh these weaknesses? Anyway, the good and bad things about iPhone 7 are diverse for each user. But we just share things you care most in the following iPhone 7 pros and cons part.

●  Sleeker and Slimmer

The iPhone 7 ditches the 3.5mm headphone jack to make it slimmer than iPhone 6S, dropping its weight from 7.1mm-thick to 6.5mm. Instead, a wireless earphone is designed for users to listen to music and more. Plus, the ugly plastic antenna bands integrated into the rear are removed further.

●  More Storage on Advanced Models

iPhone 7 's 256GB storage option finally comes to us, which is reasonable especially when it shipes with 12-megapixel dual-lens camera. The end of 16GB is a main iPhone 7 advantage over iPhone 6S/6 and fits the bill of many multimedia maniacs for 4k video shooting tasks.

●  Innovative iOS 10 Wins Massive Applause

A zillion of users can't wait to update iOS 9 to iOS 10, just because it brings you dozens of amazing new features. You can uninstall and remove stock apps like weather, stock, calculator from your iPhone 7; send iMessage with live photo or special effects for full screen and apply Siri to the third party apps and more.

●  Dual-lens Camera Built into Advanced iPhone 7 Plus Edition

Phone 6s' 12-megapixel camera is fantastic. But when it comes to iPhone Pro's 12-megapixel dual-lens camera, it instantly suffers an eclipse since iPhone 7 Plus' dual-lens camera immensely improves the photo quality and won't protrude outwards as much as on the iPhone 6S.

●  Faster Next-gen A10 Chip

With the new A10 clip, there are distinct iPhone 7 advantages over older iPhones. It is 2X higher performance than iPhone 6, and 30 power reduction in the A10, 6-core processor paired in iPhone 7. iPhone 6s on A9 is pretty efficient and powerful. Now the A10 clip is making iPhone 7 the fastest smartphone.

●  Longer Battery Life

The pros of iPhone 7 also include longer battery life. iPhone 7 is up to 2 hours longer battery compared with iPhone 6s, from 1,715 mAh to 1,960 mAh. Now, it's reported that one of the iPhone 8 pro is the rumored graphene battery, which is a revolutionary breakthrough for battery.

●  Lack 3D Cameras, Advanced VR

3D and VR are probably the hottest buzzwords now. But iPhone 7 features neither 3D cameras nor VR, which can be seen in the latest Android phones. This is disappointing if you want to see your own visual creations come to life or impose accurate augmented-reality objects on top of your view.

●  Annoying Limitations in Files Transfer

Problem is still here for iPhone 7 on iOS 10. iPhone 7 users can't easily transfer and backup files like music, photos, videos from old iPhone 6s/Plus, iPhone SE to iPhone 7, let alone transfer iPhone 7 content to Mac/PC computer for backup unless they seek aids from the professional iPhone manager.

●  No Strength As for Android USB Drive

Android phones can be used as a mobile USB hard drive to save files, while iPhone 7 still can't play that role. For the iPhone 7 users who desire to use iPhone 7 as a hard drive for files backup, it's advisable to resort to a solids iPhone mounter for help.

●  Phone App Repeatedly Freezing

One of the biggest iPhone 7 disadvantages is the recent iPhone 7 problem users reflect. The bevy of users reflect that iPhone 7 currently has making calls due to the Phone app repeatedly freezing. Various unofficial fixes are given by users on Google. But nothing has been a silver bullet. Wait for iOS 10.2 to have a try.

●  No Breakthrough Feature

As we have said in iPhone 7 pros section, there are various new features in the latest iPhone, including advanced dual-len camera, longer battery life, faster performance etc. However, there is no breakthrough highlight in iPhone 7 to compete with its competitors. For example, the combination with VR tech in Samsung Galaxy S7 is so cool.

●  High Price Tag Scares Many Buyers

High price tag is probably one of the main iPhone 7 disadvantages. Users have 3 choices according to tech giant reviews: $649 iPhone 7 and $749 iPhone 7 Plus. Yet, wait! The leaked inside info shows that the upcoming iPhone 8 is seemingly much higher in price than iPhone 7, with a pricey high-end 'Ferrari' version of device.

Must-Have Tool for iPhone 7 - Backup/Transfer iPhone 7 Data

This is a classic dilemma: you shot many memorable memories but somedays your iPhone 7 runs out of storage, even you get the large 256 gb option in hand, as 2-3 hours 4K videos can take up most space for 32GB iPhone 7 and 6 hours 4K videos for 128GB. Plus, your iTunes never allows you to put your iPhone files to Mac or PC, even we accept its complication in sync. To that end, we giveaway MacX MediaTrans. Whether you are longing for updating from older iPhone 6/6S to iPhone 7 or need to manage your low-end 32gb iPhone 7 to free up space or manage your media files, such as photos, 4k videos and music, we've got your needs covered.

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How Does iPhone 7 Stack up against Other Gadgets

2016 witnesses a slew of new phones that promise to offer more powerful, more performance-oriented and more fashionable smartphones besides iPhone 7, such as Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Pixel, LG G5, HTC 10, Sony Xperia X, Huawei P9, etc. Is Apple's most iconic iPhone 7 worth upgrade? How will iPhone 7/Plus stack up against Samsung Galaxy S7 or iPhone 6s? Any unique features to make iPhone 7 keep pace with iPhone 8? Check the review of iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 8, with detailed iPhone 7 pros and specs given below.

For iPhone owners looking to upgrade to iPhone 7

Many users are standing in doubt as whether or not to update to iPhone 7 or stick with iPhone 6S/SE. The truth is, iPhone 7 is definitely worth the waiting. iPhone 7 differs from iPhone 6S/SE/6/5S with stunning outlook and thinner body after getting rid of the headphone jack. But this is not where the difference between iPhone 7 and iPhone 6/6S Plus ends. The 6-core A10 processor packed in iPhone 7 offers a 20% faster speed, while drop the power consumption by 40%. The extra highlight lies in the next-gen iOS 10 software, cutting-edge wireless charging that the older models never have, etc.

For Android users looking to switch to iPhone 7

Samsung is now the only company that has a real chance to compete with iPhone, and its Galaxy S7/Edge is the main challenge for iPhone 7 we review. Galaxy S7/Edge, featuring a stunning 2K Super AMOLED display, a strong camera, VR compatibility, water resistance etc, is absolutely a top-tier smartphone. However, comparing iPhone 7 with Galaxy S7, with a more energy-efficient and robust processor A10, upgraded software iOS 10, better camera and some unique iphone 7 features that Android users can enjoy, gets more to be the smartphone king.

Parameter iPhone 7 iPhone 6S Samsung Galaxy S7 iPhone 8

Available in Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black, iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version, A10 chip, 3D Touch, water- resistant and no-headphone-jack design and iOS 10.

Available in space gray, silver, gold, rose gold, iPhone 6s features a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version, aLED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, an A9 chip, 3D Touch fingerprint sensor, 12MP, 4k recording and live picture, and iOS 9.

Available in black, gray, white and gold, Galaxy S7 features a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 Octa processor, a 5.1" Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 4 GB RAM and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Three colors (Space Gray, Silver, Gold) come to iPhone 8. The 2017 iPhone 8 features a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions, A11 Bonic chip, iOS 11, iris scanner, all-glass design, LCD Multi-Touch display , wireless and fast charging, and a virtual Home button.

Display 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch OLED display, Quad HD/4K resolution 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch 3D Touch, max res of 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density) 5.1-inch touchscreen, 1440 x 2560 pixels (~577 ppi pixel density) 5.7-inch touchscreen, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology (~326 ppi/401 ppi pixel density)
Chip 64-bit 6-core A10 64-bit dual-core 1.8GHz A9 processor Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 Octa A11 Bonic chip
OS iOS 10 iOS 9 Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) iOS 11
Memory Up to 256 GB, 2GB and 3GB RAM 16, 64, and 128GB, 2GB RAM 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM 64/256GB, 2GB and 3GB RAM
Camera Dual-lens camera 21-MP Front Camera: 5MP
Rear Camera: 12MP
4K video recording and live picture
Front Camera: 5MP
Rear Camera: 12MP
Rear Camera: 12MP (Dual-lens for iPhone 8 Plus)
Front Camera: 7MP
Battery Improved battery life Non-removable Li-Po 1715 mAh battery (6.9 Wh) Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery Improved Li-Po battery or graphene battery

iPhone 7 Update Tips, Preparation and Installation

Just like the iPhone 7 review shows, Apple's new flagship provides such a lot of amazing features in iPhone 7 that both the older iPhones and the new Android models cannot stack up with. And most of people want to download movies to iPhone 7 and enjoy its OLED display. So why not upgrading to iPhone 7 to experience its powerful performance. Here in the iPhone 7 review, other than simply providing the release date, features and comparison among other Samsung and HTC gadgets, iPhone 7 pros & cons, we also list everything on how to backup iPhone 6/SE/6S to iPhone 7 (Plus), iPhone 8 update if you want to switch your old iPhone or Android gadget to the new iPhone 7.

Backup iPhone Music Photos Videos without Space & Quantity Limits

iTunes disallows you to backup iPhone files to computer. And iCloud puts limits on backup space, purely 5GB for free. No matter the iPhone files quantity or backup space, both are strictly limited. No worry! We have MacX MediaTrans that's the gospel for iPhone 7/Plus users.

Activate and Set up iPhone 7

Have your iPhone photos, videos and other date backed up on iTunes or iCloud? Let's move to next step in iPhone 7 review - to set up iPhone 7, activate it and transfer data to iPhone 7. BTW, this method also applies to iPhone 8 setup.

Play Android Videos on iPhone 7 after Video Transfer

Find videos unplayable after iPhone 7 & iPhone7 Plus upgrade especially from android phones? Cannot play AVI, WMV, MKV or MTS on your iPhone 7? Wanna upload iPhone 7 videos to YouTube? No worry! We have MacX Video Converter Pro that's ready for iPhone 7.

Step 1: Plug in your iPhone to connect to this iPhone transfer via USB.
Step 2: Click "Photo Transfer" from the main interface (4 options for u).
Step 3: Select the photos needed to backup to computer.
Step 4: Hit the "Export" button to start transferring iPhone photos to PC.
  • Step 1: Turn on iPhone 7 & select language.
  • Step 5: Sign in with Apple ID.
  • Step 2: Choose a Wi-Fi network.
  • Step 6: Decide whether to use Siri.
  • Step 3: Set up Touch ID.
  • Step 7: Choose how to view your iPhone 7.
  • Step 4: Transfer data using iTunes or iCloud
  • Step 8: Tap "Get Started".
Step 1: Click "Add Files" to load the video.
Step 2: Go to Apple Device -> iPhone 7.
Step 3: Click "Browse" to save the video.
Step 4: Hit the "RUN" button to start iPhone 7 video conversion.

Frequently Asked Questions about iPhone 7

My iPhone 7 goes slow after a period of use, how can I speed up it?

There are chances your phone goes sluggish after a period of use. Reasons can be various, from the pileup of HD videos, music and even text messages that clog your iPhone 7, to the cumbersome but seldom-used apps that may slow down your device performance. So to do some cleaning of your iPhone to spare your stoage can be beneficial to make iPhone faster.

My iPhone 7 run out of battery, how to extend its battery life?

Even though the bad battery condition gets improved on iPhone 7, its battery still drains very fast, estimating 11 hours on Wi-Fi. Apart from the inherent improvement of battery life in iPhone 7, adjusting iPhone settings is also efficient to improve iPhone 7 battery life. Check more tips to improve and save iPhone 7 battery life.

What are the recommended free apps for my new iPhone 7?

It isn't Apple that makes iPhone 7/Plus perfect, but it's iPhone 7 owner, you, who can truly bring it into a totally different shiny new device, with the help of apps for iPhone 7. Free is good, here. So we round up no-cost yet good apps that will make much sense for creating a better iPhone 7 in the review. If you are just on the hunt for free iPhone 7 apps, check here.


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