7th Time's the Charm?

Students' Take on the iPhone 7 Launch
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016


Each year the swift arrival of Autumn brings forth the changing of the color of leaves, cooler temperatures and a glorious holiday solely dedicated to eating. Yet perhaps one of the most recent Fall traditions is the always highly anticipated launch of a new version of the iPhone. This year’s version marks number seven in the succession line, featuring a whole new set of benefits and doo-dads. Yet to say that the reveal of this already beloved contraption was met with mixed reviews is a definite understatement.


While it was awarded high praise by most of its older generation of consumers, its target market of tech-obsessed young adults were less than pleased. Specifically among high school students, the comments were less than flattering. According to CHS sophomore Kaitlin Pinaire, “it is basically a stupid version of the iPhone 6" and “the only interesting thing about it is the color.”  In fact, the unique color wheel is one of the only features that has students truly excited. In addition to rose gold, space gray, and classic gold, glossy and matte black will also be offered, a development so exciting to sophomore Marissa Sullivan that it can only be described by a beaming emoji. Other students’ reviews such as senior Logan Richardson’s begins positive yet ends borderline scathing. She first states that “Apple has done so much good with the iPhone 7, like making it water resistant and giving it better speakers and display.”  However, she goes on to say that “Removing the headphone jack was unnecessary and is going to deter a lot of people, like myself, from purchasing it.” Clearly, it seems as if the grievances are centered around the loss of the headphone jack, sacrificed in an effort to expand the phone’s screen. Instead, a lighting adapter will be offered with the ability to plug into the charging dock and allow headphones to be plugged into an adapter on it.  The concept of a dual charger and headphone dock is extremely unappealing to Sullivan, who cites the overwhelming feeling she would likely get when she has to use her headphones and charge her phone at the same time. Clearly, the process of desperately to get past 43 percent battery while jamming to Queen Bey is a struggle too taxing for CHS students.

Further negative feedback can be found directed towards the AirPods, a product name that in its short release time has managed to make countless techies shudder. The AirPods are wireless headphones that were initially the intended replacements for the headphone jack. Set at a steep price of $159, they have failed to be proven useful, being described as “having mediocre sound quality”, “uncomfortable to wear”, and “way too easy to lose.” Richardson offers a clever yet fruitless solution stating that “They should have released the AirPods first to let people get accustomed to them before forcing it by removing the headphone jack.” Overall, in a rare instance for an Apple product, the negative outweighs the positive to such an extreme that poor Steve Jobs is probably stirring in his solid gold coffin right now.