I have bought every iPhone since the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G was the first iPhone that was released here in Sweden. And I have always been so very excited over every new iPhone model, every year.
I am still very excited, but this is actually the first year that I am at least thinking about not upgrading to the coming iPhone 7.
And the reason for that is actually because the iPhone has become so perfect as it is now. There is not much more Apple can do for this device really. My iPhone 6s plus is still so fast and powerful. It can still handle all the heavy work I do on it1 perfectly fine.
And this year I have decided to go back to the Mac after being post-pc for over two years, and buy the second generation 12-inch Macbook when it comes out. The ultra portable Macbook will be my new device, my new ”iPad Pro”, that I will use for blogging and video editing on. And a lot more of course.
But of course there is a few things that Apple can do to make me buy the coming iPhone 7 plus. So below you can read 6 things that the iPhone 7 need to have to make me upgrade this year.
Better front facing camera
I record a lot of vlogs and also carvlogs in my car, and I need to use the front facing camera on my iPhone 6s plus to do so because I have to see myself while doing so. Otherwise it's impossible to know if I am recorded correctly.
And the front facing camera on the iPhone 6s can only record in 720p. Not even full HD, 1080p. So I would like the front facing camera on the iPhone 7 to at least be able to record in 1080p, or even better, in 4K.
Better speakers (stereo)
I often listen to podcasts and ebooks2 directly on my iPhone 6s plus from the built-in speaker. I lay it down on the desk or table in front of me and let the speaker play the content. And it works fairly well but it would be even better if the iPhone could get even better speakers. And even stereo speakers. And the rumors says that Apple will get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack and replace it with a second speaker. Perfect.
No protruding camera
I actually don't mind the protruding camera on the iPhone 6s plus. I don't think it's ugly or anything, the only problem i have with it is that it jiggles a lot when laying flat on a table or desk. So of course it would be better if Apple could fix so that the iPhone 7 won't have a protruding camera.
Bigger display in the same sized phoneImage Source: Apple Insider
If Apple can put the Home Button / Touch ID button directly into the display itself on the iPhone 7, then they could add an even larger display into the same sized phone. So the iPhone 7 plus could have a 5.8-inch display or maybe even a 6-inch display, but still have about the same size as the iPhone 6s plus. That would be awesome.
Smaller phone but still same sized display
Another possibility would be to make the iPhone 7 smaller but still have the same display size. So the iPhone 7 plus would be as small as it needs to be to be handled with one hand easily, but still have a 5.5-inch display. That could be great.
Thinner and lighter
And of course I would like the iPhone 7 (plus) to be even thinner and lighter. Personally I think the iPhone 6s plus is too thick and heavy. What many people don’t get is that the user experience gets better the thinner and lighter the device is. As an example I can mention when I had the iPad Air 1 and bought the iPad Air 2. It really shocked me how huge the difference were. The iPad Air 2 felt so much lighter and thinner3. And the user experience was so much better. I could finally use it naked without a smart cover, holding it with both my hands in portrait mode working on it all day without problems. It felt so light.
So If the iPhone 7 Plus would get at least one or two of these things, I will once again be very tempted to upgrade to the latest iPhone.
My video where I talk about these things:
- For example video editing, blogging, audio recording and editing, photo editing and even music making. ↩︎
- Using the Voice Over feature in iOS 9 when having an open ebook in iBooks. It works really great. It's like making ebooks into Audio books. ↩︎
- Even if the physical difference wasn’t so big, it felt so much lighter and thinner. ↩︎