While Apple is widely expected to issue significant updates to its iPad Pro family, the firm today surprised with far subtler updates to the normal iPad and the iPhone.
Recent iPhone 7 Plus Stories
The iPhone 7 Plus delivers an improved camera system and some new features that debuted first on various Android handsets. But where the iPhone 7 Plus really shines is in the details: Its pleasant if too-familiar industrial design, improved battery life and performance, and the consistency of the overall experience.
Thanks to the release this week of iOS 10.1 Beta 1, I was able to test an early version of Portrait mode, a coming feature of the iOS Camera app that will only work with the iPhone 7 Plus. And so far, it's not all that impressive.
While my time with the iPhone 7 Plus has still been brief, I was able to use it out in the world over the past day and have some further impressions about Apple's new flagship handset. This is a device worthy of discussion and debate.
Well, it's International iPhone Day (tm). So I headed over to the local Apple Store---we have one in Dedham for some reason---and grabbed an iPhone 7 Plus as an upgrade from my previous iPhone, the iPhone 6S Plus. Here's how it went.
Apple reported this week that its initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus smartphones have already sold out, and that the new jet black version of the smaller iPhone 7 is likewise sold out. Other versions of the iPhone 7 will be available only in limited quantities at tomorrow's launch.
It pains me to admit this, but I've come to the conclusion that Apple was right to drop the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. And while there may be some short-term pain from this change, the firm's ability to push forward is both notable and---God help me---even admirable.
Today, Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in what can only be described as the most-telegraphed Apple event of all time. And that's too bad, really: Apple rumors are a big deal for some reason, but it's astonishing that every single iPhone 7 feature was leaked previous to this event.