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The iPhone 7 is a smartphone designed by Apple Inc. and released on September 16, 2016 as part of the iPhone series. Announced along with the larger iPhone 7 Plus on September 7, 2016, they jointly serve as successors to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus of 2015, and as the predecessors of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X in 2017.


The iPhone 7 includes the 3D Touch, a force-sensitive touchscreen that was introduced initially with the predecessor iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This iPhone has upgraded rear-facing and front-facing cameras with higher megapixels for a more clearer image. It introduces a new chassis made of an even stronger alloy of aluminum to prevent any bending from user error. The iPhone 7 also introduces a new capacitive home button with Touch ID. The processor used in the iPhone 7 is the 64-bit Apple A10 processor that was shipped with iOS 10 pre-installed that can be updated to iOS 15.8.2. Unlike the predecessor models, this iPhone is the first model to come with 256 GB storage. It is the first iPhone model to have water resistance feature.

This phones adds the new Jet Black and Black finishes in addition to the Rose Gold, Silver, and Gold finishes found on the previous models, while maintaining a similar design. However, it was also the first iPhone to not feature a headphone jack, which was hugely controversial when first announced. According to Apple, the jack was eliminated make space for additional components such as the Taptic Engine and help achieve water resistance.

In March 2017, a (PRODUCT)RED limited edition model was released, which features an exclusive red finish and white front display. It was only available in 128GB and 256GB capacities, and was discontinued six months later. Every red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus sold helped raise money to fight AIDS.

Removal of the headphone jack

The removal of the headphone jack was very controversial at the time as the headphone jack is one of the most used ports on any smartphone. This port was removed because to enhance the water resistance and fitting in additional components as what Apple claimed. However, the AirPods was also released around the same time, which made people to think the removal of the headphone jack was to boost sales for the AirPods since people will buy a wireless pair of headphones to accommodate the new iPhone without a headphone jack.

Home Button Criticism

The new capacitive home button on the iPhone 7 has a software lock that permanently disables the home button's functionality after a replacement. Meaning it does nothing, as it will not respond to touch, or anything. Only Apple can recalibrate the home button which means you have to go to the Apple store to restore the functionality of the home button. This is an anti-repair practise done to make customers to go to Apple to repair the iPhone and preventing 3rd party to repair the iPhone 7.

From the iPhone 5s to iPhone 6s, the home button is software paired to each iPhone, but it still functions after a replacement such as returning to the home page and activating Siri. However the Touch ID function is disabled and an error message shows up every time you turn on the iPhone. On the iPhone 7, the entire home button is rendered useless after a replacement. The only work around to this problem is using the Assistive Touch feature, or pay for Apple to replace or recalibrate the home button.

The software paired home button is also used on the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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