iPhone 7: Is it worth upgrading or going for an older model
Published 28 September 2016 by Kyri Levendi
We compare the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S like-for-like.
As has become tradition, the launch of Apple’s iPhone 7 generated a lot of buzz and excitement. The next generation smartphone went on sale in 28 countries, and there were the familiar queues outside most Apple stores on the day.
The iPhone 7 comes with a whole host of new features such as a waterproof case and a lightning port for both your charger and headphones. But that doesn't automatically make the older Apple models out of date – they could still be worth considering, especially now that they're cheaper.
To help you make a decision, we're comparing the iPhone 7 with the iPhone 6S.
Let's start off first with the price – for some people, this can be a deal breaker. The iPhone 7 starts from £599 for the 32GB storage option. If you want more space for videos and photos, the 128GB version is set at £699, while the 256GB version will cost you £799.
The larger iPhone 7 Plus will cost you even more – the cheapest iPhone 7 Plus (32GB) costs £719, followed by a 128GB model at £819 and a 256GB phone at £919.
In the wake of the iPhone 7 launch, Apple cut the price of the iPhone 6 and 6S. The iPhone 6S 16GB is now available for £499 down from £539, while the iPhone 6S iPhone 6S Plus is now £599 cut from £619.
Of course, there are other ways to get your hands on a handset. There are a number of UK contract deals for the iPhone 7 and the contracts available for the iPhone 6 or 6S are likely to be cheaper now that the price has dropped – so be sure to look around for the best deals available.
The iPhone 7 is currently the only phone you can pay in instalments for with iPhone Payments – you can read about this new payment programme in our blog.
You’ve probably already heard about the new features of the iPhone 7 but just in case you haven’t here’s a quick rundown. There's no-headphone jack which is fine if you're going to be using the new wireless AirPods (at £159 extra). In case you’re not planning on spending this, Apple is going to include a pair of Lightning headphones with the phone. There will also be an adapter so you can still use your existing headphones.
But you might be turned off by this idea, if you've invested in a pair of high-end headphones and don't want to fiddle about with an adapter – the iPhone 6S could be more for you if this is the case.
A benefit of the iPhone 7 is that it's waterproof, a feature that other models do not have. So if you're constantly in and out of water or live in a particularly rainy city (like Manchester!) then this could be a selling point for you.
Keen photographers might be swayed by the significant camera improvements on the iPhone 7. The camera is still a 12 MP sensor like the iPhone 6S, but it’s 60 per cent faster and 30 per cent more energy efficient than other models according to Apple. The iPhone 7 features technology to stop shaky hands and movement as well.
It's not surprising that the iPhone 7 will lead the way when it comes to performance – they have been working on these improvements for a whole year.
As part of these changes, the company has showcased a brand new chip called the A10 Fusion CPU. Apple say that this chip will help the phone to run two times faster than the iPhone 6 and provide more powerful graphics to its customers.
The iPhone 6S uses an A9 chip, which is more than suitable if you just want to use your phone for a few regular apps, and don't want to spend all your time gaming.