“The iPhone 7 is the best iPhone I’ve ever used – and I’ve owned every single version, dating back to 2007,” Michael deAgonia writes for Computerworld. “The iPhone 7 features a water-resistant housing; a new, non-mechanical Home button that relies on haptics for feedback; major updates to the camera system; a modestly better display; faster system performance and up to 256GB of storage capacity. Battery life, too, should be improved, despite the demands of the faster system architecture.”

“Internally, the iPhone 7 is built around Apple’s custom-designed A10 Fusion chip. In normal use, the iPhone 7 is responsive and quick to load, as was the iPhone 6S. The 64-bit A10 Fusion chipset is rated 40% faster than the A9 found on the 6S, so anyone upgrading from an iPhone 6S will notice a speed bump for everyday tasks like loading apps, browsing the web and loading content,” deAgonia writes. “That speed boost will be more dramatic if you’re upgrading from an iPhone 6 or earlier. Apple boasts that the A10 is twice as fast compared to the A8 chipset in the iPhone 6, which itself was dramatically faster than previous models.”

“The iPhone 7 doesn’t break dramatic new ground in the looks department – aside from the arrival of jet black – but delivers real improvements under the hood in the areas users can most appreciate – especially with the new camera setup in the iPhone 7 Plus,” deAgonia writes. “If you like the iPhone and are already in Apple’s ecosystem, you can’t go wrong with the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus as an upgrade; if you’re new to the iPhone, you couldn’t have picked a better time to switch. Apple made better an already great phone. Recommended.”

Tons more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Best iPhone ever” means “best smartphone ever.”

Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is easily the best iPhone we’ve ever used (unsurprising, since it’s Apple’s flagship) and the Jet Black has already turned many a head when we’ve flashed them around while out and about. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is unfathomably fast with an indefatigable battery and takes unbelievable photographs. Guess what? Big surprise, it’s our Editors’ Choice, too!MacDailyNews, September 20, 2016

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