The rumors got a lot right about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Its design isn't too far off from the 6S and 6S Plus, it has an immovable Home button, the Plus has a dual-camera setup to simulate optical zoom, and (crucially) that headphone jack is gone.
Tech journalists who got their hands on an iPhone 7 Wednesday sometimes felt uneasy with what they were touching.
The most off-putting feature seemed to be the Home button. The once satisfying click of the button has a new sensation thanks to a Taptic Engine. The response to its touch ranged from “awful” to “weird” to the more delicate “it will take some getting used to.”
“It doesn’t feel like a button at all,” Dieter Bahn of The Verge wrote. “It’s a bummer.”
While today's Apple event was all about the iPhone 7 and second-generation Apple Watch, Apple quietly updated its iPad line in a subtle yet important way. Now a few of the older models, specifically the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 4, start at 32GB of storage rather than the 16GB they used to have in their base models. But despite the upgrade in storage capacity, Apple hasn't raised the starting price for either model: both the Air 2 and the Mini 4 start at $399. Both models also have an option for 128GB of storage for those who want a lot of space.
Phil Schiller kept calling it “a new design.” And I kept thinking I must have missed something. The phone that was rotating around on the giant screen Apple erected inside the Bill Graham Auditorium looked just like the iPhone 6S. Was I missing something?
Purported benchmark results for the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus reveal Apple’s next-generation A10 processor could be a big improvement over last year’s A9. Despite maintaining only two cores, the A10 achieves significantly higher scores in single- and mulit-core tests.
According to the result for an “iPhone 9,3,” which is thought to be the iPhone 7 Plus, the device achieves a single-core score of 3,379 in Geekbench tests, while the multi-core score clocks in at an impressive 5,495.