When the iPhone 4 came out with its all-new metallic design, Apple swept all complaints of poor antenna reception under the rug, with Steve Jobs famously stating that users “are holding it wrong” instead of initially accepting what was clearly a design flaw. With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple seems to want to stem all controversy before it happens. The new Jet Black color model of the new iPhones is beautiful to look at, but the company wants those who opt for the black model to know beforehand that it could be prone to scrapes and abrasions. Apple also suggests that consumers should opt for using a case if they want to keep their shiny black iPhone from visible wear and tear.
It’s not often a smartphone manufacturer issues such warnings, although this move might not sound as impressive as Samsung’s decision to recall all the Galaxy Note 7’s it has sold. The Jet Black model of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus isn’t available on the base 32GB model, however, so Apple might not have to face many complaints of the color fading away by consumers who don’t manage to read the company’s warning. Similar to the antennagate blunder on the iPhone 4, it looks like the Cupertino giant’s solution for the problem is to tell users to buy an official case. Most smartphone users put their flagship phones in cases anyway, but it does mean the beauty of the Jet Black iPhone 7 will be mostly hidden away instead of staying in full display.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus bring many firsts to Apple’s smartphone lineup, including water resistance and stereo speakers. The iPhone 7 Plus also gets dual cameras on the back; the primary 12-megapixel camera will take regular photos while the secondary 12 MP sensor will allow for depth-of-field (bokeh) effects and also 2x optical zoom. Both iPhones get Apple’s new quad-core A10 chip under the hood, a force sensitive home button, and run iOS 10 out of the box. As the leaks had suggested, there is no headphone jack on the new iPhones. Instead, Apple has launched its new AirPods wireless earphones and will offer a adapter to support regular 3.5 headphones in the box.