Should You Upgrade to the iPhone 7?

The iPhone 7 was released recently to great fanfare as usual. It goes without saying that the iPhone is a high quality, reliable and well-designed device, and millions of iPhone owners agree. However, one of their greatest strengths is that unlike most other phones, they last. And last. There are many people still rocking iPhone 5s and even iPhone 4 models. It may have you wondering, is upgrading worth it? Well that depends.

The iPhone 7 and 7+ are beautiful phones, but they don’t come without a little controversy. Apple removed the headphone jack, and that has sent some people into a tizzy. They include a set of earphones that plug into the lightning jack, and also a small dongle that can be used with traditional earphones. Yet for some people, the ability to charge their phone while using headphones is a must, and for others, they dislike having to use the dongle. If either of these are a concern for you, and your current phone is working just fine, you may want to hold off on upgrading. Otherwise, enjoy the improved audio quality the lightning jack provides!

Speaking of audio quality, if you use your iPhone’s external speakers often, the new iPhone 7 may be a worthy upgrade. It features stereo speakers and the sound is pretty impressive for a small device.

The other big improvement is the camera. The iPhone 7+ offers a much improved camera with dual lenses, improved low light performance, and 4K video. If you take a lot of photos and/or videos, you’ll definitely want to upgrade.

However, there are some things about the new iPhone that may not make upgrading attractive.  For example, if you got your apple iPhone 6 unlocked, and having an unlocked world phone is important to you, is careful about upgrading. While the Sprint and Verizon versions of the iPhone 7 can be unlocked and used with any band (LTE/CDMA/GSM) the AT&T and T-Mobile versions are not compatible with anything but GSM.

Finally, Jet Black. Everyone is talking about this new iPhone color. It’s glossy, it’s shiny, and it’s black. It’s also the most hard to find version, much like Rose Gold was last year. Is it worth upgrading for? It’s attractive, yes, but it’s also a fingerprint magnet, and Apple themselves posted a warning in the fine print that it can and will develop scratches. Since most of us put our shiny new iPhones in cases, does the color really matter? If it does to you, go ahead and upgrade as you won’t find the same colors and finishes anywhere else.