Some have been waiting for today with bated breath. Others have been thinking, “Great, here’s another device for me to love, and for my two year-old to claim as hers and then throw in the toilet.” However you feel about next generation devices, Apple’s new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are truly incredible.
We’re not just talking about the most advanced mobile operating system, or an immersive, and louder audio experience, or super-cool wireless headphones, or even new, beautiful black and jet black finishes. We’re talking about features that are important to parents.
Because even though there’s still nothing to stop your toddler from throwing this phone in the toilet – just as she’s done with older phones – the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus features will definitely have your attention.
Features that parents care about
Do people even use normal cameras anymore? Kudos to those who still know what ISO means, but for the rest of us, Apple’s iPhone cameras are revolutionary little machines that let us capture our kids’ every waking and sleeping moment. So many photos, so much iCloud storage.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cameras are 12 megapixels, have a larger aperture and 6-element lens. All that to say, pictures and videos are brighter and more detailed, with more vibrant colours. The iPhone 7 Plus has a telephoto camera so you can zoom in on your kids being brilliant at school assemblies, music performances and sports carnivals.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are water resistant. ‘Water resistant’ probably doesn’t mean it’s safe to submerge your phone in the pool for an extended period of time, but it can certainly handle some splashing at the waterpark when you’re taking photos, or being caught in a downpour when you’re out and about.
If not for FaceTime, my kids would hardly know their grandparents, all of whom live overseas. The new FaceTime is even better, with a high definition camera, wide colour capture and auto-image stabilisation.
Tough-as-nails Home button
If your preschooler tends to mash his thumb into the Home button trying to get back to his robot building app, never fear. The new Home button is designed to be durable and to take the kind of senseless abuse only a child could dish out.
Long battery life
A parent’s everyday to-do list is long and varied: Find where I saved my very important work presentation; Ask doctor about the mysterious rash on toddler; Eat something. So you can be forgiven for forgetting to plug in your phone at night. The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have the longest battery life ever in an iPhone so you won’t be without power at the exact moment you need it.
The cracked screen of my iPhone 6 that I haven’t had time to repair tells me Apple’s next generation priority should be smash-proofing the phones. A laser perimeter generator for time-outs on the go would be handy too, but for now we’re pretty happy with that fabulous camera.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available in Australia from 16 September and pre-orders start tomorrow.