Huge iPhone 7 Letdown: No 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Looks Just like iPhone 6…

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iPhone 7 (pictured with protective cover from i-Blason.)

It looks just like the iPhone 6, has an extra speaker, makes your current headphones useless.  Is the iPhone 7 really worth it?

Last updated: 12:05 pm PT.  Check back for more details as we know them!

Apple disclosed a number of critical details about its iPhone 7 this morning, though this isn’t anything close to an overhaul.  In fact, you may decide to skip this round.

Instead, Apple is tweaking a number of different aspects to its iPhone 6, with the largest change a controversial shift from standard headphone jacks.  Depending on your perspective, that could be a great reason not to purchase the iPhone 7, as it forces a host of different changes and inconveniences.

For starters, here’s a quick list of all the various iPhone 7 changes and enhancements:

  • Available for pre-order today (September 7th); in stores September 16th.
  • Storage: major increase, top storage level doubled.
  • Pricing:
    • 4.7-inch iPhone 7 starts at $649 for 32 gigabytes, up to $849 for 256 gigabytes.
    • 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769 for 32 gigabytes of storage, $869 for 128 gigabytes, and $969 for 256 gigabytes.
  • iOS 10 arrives September 13th.
  • Lightning port connector (NO 3.5mm headphone jack, which enables the stereo speakers).
    • Stereo speakers (mounted in the base of the device).
    • Lightning jack white earbuds included with purchase, as well as an adapter for 3.5mm jacks.
    • AirPods will ship in late October for $159.
    • No word yet on Beats Lightning port models.
  • Not a redesign: The iPhone 7 will be very similar to the iPhone 6 in size and dimensions (see above).  Outside changes to the lightning port, it’s actually hard to tell the difference outside of a shift towards glossy black (instead of more matte silver on the iPhone 6).
  • Water resistant:  ‘IPX7’ water protection is not water proof, but will offer some protection against splashes, including showers and quick dips into water (less than one meter deep).
  • Models: iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices will be released initially.
  • Colors/finishes: New “jet black” glossy finish; aluminum versions available as black, gold, silver, and rose gold.
  • Upgraded cameras, with the Plus model stepping up megapixel capabilities with a dual-lens camera, optical image stabilization across all models, plus larger f/1.8 aperture lens that will let in 50 percent more light.
  • Home button with ‘Taptic Engine’: Changes to include ‘force sensitivity,’ with active vibrations to give feedback.  The physical button remains, however (contrary to rumors).
  • Accessories: iPhone 7 cases, Bluetooth headphones, and other accessories are ready.  Amazon has launched a complete page, a flood of options available.

12 Responses

  1. Hot Karl

    Good thing there are fucking DOZENS of other phones a person could buy. But no. I’d rather whine about this!

  2. Mike

    One word to describe the iPhone 7 = underwhelming. The only thing that is even remotely exciting is the new Jet Black colour, sadly this flagship device is £160 more expensive than last year’s flagship. WTAF!? So we are paying a 30% increase in price for the privilege of losing one of the worlds most basic audio connectors! Looks like I’m going to have to go without Jet Black and still pay £60 more than last year, for a regular colour. This year’s iPhone upgrade is a chore for me, is used to be an exciting experience.

      • Dadada

        “iOS 10 is more exciting than new iPhone, which is kinda sad.”

        Why ?. After all , you interact with the OS, what purpose is a computing device without an OS ? I also don’t find the new iPhone exciting and I’ll stick to my iPhone6, , but iOS 10 looks great and useful. Making a great OS is as hard as making great hardware.

        • thejackofmany

          The OS should, ideally, blend into the background, and not get in the way of seamlessly accessing, loading applications and storing data. It should be unobtrusive and forgotten about, if its doing its job correctly.

  3. Remi Swierczek

    If you want to sell terrible wine you do wine tasting event for drunks!

    Apple has unlimited (for a moment) supply of intoxicated folks.

  4. Eilo

    You Apple hater dweebs are at it again. Hey I bought my 2010 Mercedes C350 in September 2009. It’s 2016, I choose to keep it and not upgrade. My car is 7 years old you morons. The newer models don’t have a gear shift. OH NO! That’s sacrilegious… That doesn’t make Mercedes products subpect to ridicule you frickin’ A HOLES. Do you really believe people should be buying a new phone every year? And prices should stay the same? You naysayers are are all fucking communists! Go live in North Korea.

    • ©

      I don’t think anyone hates on Mercedes for changing a gear thing. I think people hate them more for contributing to the Nazi war effort.
      Way to show your support, moron.

      • Eilo

        Nazi war effort? WTF? You know not what you speak of. You obviously mean Hugo Boss…yuh schlep.


    How can you complain about no redesign? Honestly sit there and think about it. The phone is basically perfect the way it is. There’s nothing to redesign that could improve the experience. Whether you’re an Apple fanboy or roll with Android, all of the phones essentially look to same. The only thing I could think of Apple doing is making the screen touch the end of the device, and they’re probably not doing this because they don’t want to hear about how everyone’s screens are shattering.

    The real highlight of everything is the camera. On the surface level, this doesn’t sound really exciting but the fact is everyone uses their smartphone camera. Some of the things they showed the camera doing were unbelievable. A 1.8f aperture camera on a phone that fits nicely in your pocket and does everything from making phone calls, playing music, etc, etc is mind boggling.