Apple last week unveiled its latest water and dust resistant iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7Plus, which prides a breakthrough new camera system and the best battery life ever on an iPhone.
It remains to be seen if the new additions will cause a ‘stampede’ to retail outlets from Apple lovers, while it is an open secret that with the poor financial performance registered by the company as of late, the new release is an effort to patch up recently incurred losses.
The quarter that ended in March of 2016 saw revenues dropping lower than that of March 2015, a shocker for a company reckoned as the most valuable globally while pundits pondered on whether people had lost interest in Apple products.
The iPhone 74.7-inch and 7Plus 5.5-inch screen will be available in more than 25 countries by Friday the 16th of September.
iStore Namibia could not confirm when the phones would be available in Namibia.
What’s new on the iPhone 7?
Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller underscored that the two latest offers will, “dramatically improve every aspect of iPhone experience, reaching a new level of innovation and precision to make this the best iPhone we have ever made.”
This latest offer comes packed with a cocktail of latest technologies inclusive of immersive stereo speakers, wide color system from camera to display with two novel and elegant finishes, and is the first water and dust resistant iPhone ever.
He further elaborated that the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and an entirely new stereo speaker system provides twice the sound, all within the first water and dust resistant iPhone.
Good news for selfie-crazed Apple lover, this baby has a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens that enables brighter, more detailed photos and videos, and a wide color capture which allows for more vibrant colors with more detail.
Nothing new about its well-polished shell, iPhone 7 feels as is sleek as its predecessor and the iconic rounded design is back for a third instalment with the same 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm frame as the iPhone 6S.
This also comes with Apple’s release of a set of wireless headphones called AirPods which will be sold separately.
And while the 6s was 143g, this one is 3g lighter. Two new color have been added as well with the glass and aluminum Jet Black joined by the matte-finish Black option while one has a variety of choice ranging from silver, gold and rose gold while Space Gray is now a thing of the past.
However, there is nothing new about the iPhone 7 Plus from its predecessor when it comes to megapixels which still remain stuck at 12MP although Apple has gotten rid of the headphone jack for its new phones.
Meanwhile, Apple also announced the Apple Watch Series 2 with GPS connectivity and a more powerful processor. The watch will cost £369 in the UK.
So are the tech-crazy Namibians ready for the iPhone 7? The Villager got in touch with a few of them who expressed mixed emotions.
“The iPhone 7 is a wow, I will definitely buy it the minute it lands in Namibia. It’s the first water resistant iPhone ever, so why not go for it, I have always been an iPhone lover,” said Bebe di Caprio.
Inasha Vries from Truworth’s submitted,” Well I have never used an iPhone before but it looks very interesting from the onset, it would be good having one depending on how much it will cost though.”
The issue of affordability was raised many times by our respondents with Angyborius Rooinasie saying,” It will likely be somewhere between N$15 000 to N$17 000 but the new features are very exciting, but the fact that it comes with those AirPods that are sold separately is a turn off.”
Chrystal Beukes however did not see anything fascinating about the latest offer saying, ”Some of us do not chase after every other latest phone so there is nothing to be excited about. It is just another latest phone anyway.”
Having to deal with what she finds a very complicated apple computer, Yasmine Iron wishes the iPhone 7 would be affordable and less complicated although she is not sure whether it is worth saving for.
How good is the phone? Time will tell when it drops in Namibia’s retail outlets.