More evidence Apple’s iPhone 7/Plus is more than a modest refresh

“Despite the endless claims that the iPhone 7 is a minor update compared to previous models, the reviews clearly indicate that it’s a whole lot more significant in many ways,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl.

“The competition is touting higher resolution displays on their high-end models. That’s supposed to be an advantage. But all iPhones feature Retina displays, meaning that, at a normal viewing distance, you cannot see the individual pixels that make up the image,” Steinberg writes. “Specifically, it’s 326ppi, or 1334×750, on the iPhone 7, and 401ppi, or 1920×1080, on the iPhone 7 Plus. The latter doesn’t provide any visual advantage whatever, nor do even higher resolutions on Samsung’s and other handsets. If you can’t see the difference, what’s the point?”

“According to a DisplayMate report, the iPhone 7’s Wide Color displays are regarded as the best of the breed, with very high contrast radios, low reflectance, and amazing color accuracy in for both normal and Wide Color content,” Steinberg writes. “The camera improvements seem to be mostly garnering good press. Reviewers describe noticeable improvements compared to previous iPhones and competitors… I’m not considering processor enhancements, improved LTE performance and other changes. The long and short of it is, compared to previous iPhones, this one appears to be a pretty major upgrade.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve decided that we love the solid state Home button. It feels more reliable. And, the speed of our iPhone 7 Plus units is actually stunning vs. the iPhone 6s Plus.


  1. The most important innovations, and at the same time the most difficult to “see”, are in the chips. Most people seem to take these critical improvements for granted. Most people would take chip advancements over more superficial “bells & whistles” any day. Luckily we do not have to choose. I repeat: the biggest innovations are in the chips and are not evident by looking at the ‘same old form factor. Talking Heads seem incompetent to grasp this idea despite the fact that Apple is _still_ basically a personal computer company, folks.

  2. Actually in day to day use there is little difference between the 6S and 7. Almost none. Consumer Reports even states that the 7 and 6S cameras are hard pressed to see a difference between the 2. The iPhone 7 is a total stopgap mild incremental update until the 8 total redesign.

    1. Doesn’t sound like you have used the phone yourself, Carlos. And I’m not sure I would consider Consumer Reports the arbiter of all things photographic. Your conclusion does not seem to be based on testing or experience. So if not either of those, what is it based on?

    2. Wow there is someone who still looks and listens to Consumer Reports… Wow just Wow – They have no clue what is going on with these new electronic devices – Maybe for a Washing Machine or Toaster but not anything that hast to do with tech.

    3. Carols the Jackle
      You know CR is the outlier here
      All other comments/reviews are glowing.
      Consumer is on the take with a crashing Samsung
      Pulling out the payola stops.
      You have our permission to remove the Note 7

  3. Gotta say I really love my iPhone 7 Plus 256GB. The solid state home button rocks and it is an extremely fast phone overall. I upgraded from the 6S Plus 128GB and it’s a noticeable performance upgrade all around.

  4. does anyone else find the solid-state home button a bit janky? the haptic feedback is ever-so-slightly delayed, not immediate, and the lower third of the phone shakes in a way that something feels loose inside. doesn’t feel like sensory feedback… feels like an unwanted reaction. not just my phone, i tried out multiple 7 and 7+ at the Apple Store.

    1. On our two iPhone 7 pluses, the feedback is spot on. The haptic feedback is not “shaky” at all. I do agree it feels almost like the entire bottom of the phone clicked, so we both set out feedback to setting 1 of 3 to minimize that.

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