It’s that time of the year again. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are Apple’s latest flagship phones, about to hit retail shelves in India. By now you probably know all the major enhancements this year’s iPhones carry. This year Apple announced that it will bring the new iPhones to India by October 7. Even the starting price of Rs.60,000 for the iPhone 7 32GB variant was revealed pretty early, followed by pricing information for all variants on the Apple India website.
The only question right now – should you upgrade to the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus?
First things first – if you are already using the iPhone 6S or the 6S Plus you may not see much value in upgrading to this year’s iPhones. In case you desperately need water and dust resistance, or if you are craving for the new black colors, there’s no way out. Is it?
Those users who are currently on iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or an equivalent Android device, and I’m referring to those who specifically waited for the 7, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are definitely worth the money. Not only there’s a significant bump is performance, you get a smartphone to live with for the next few years. Water and dust resistance, stereo speakers, new cameras with OIS, new processor (duh), even better: two cameras on the 7 Plus, slightly bigger batteries, and so much more: the new iPhones have it all.
For those who are currently using a high-end Android smartphone, and are considering moving to the iPhone, the 6S could be a great starting point considering the new prices. Apple India will only sell the 32GB and the 128GB variants of the iPhone 6S once the iPhone 7 launches. But if you want to go the extra mile, the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus may not be a bad bet at all.
If I had to pick a few reasons why one shouldn’t upgrade to the iPhone 7 it would be the lack of a headphone jack for the biggest one. It’s a deal breaker if you are heavily invested in high-end audio gear. Agreed, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will ship with a free adapter but you’re more likely to lose one or worse, end up breaking one light those Lightning cables. At the launch Apple clarified it had to remove the headphone jack so that it could add the new Taptic engine in its place, along with other enhancements.
Another thing would be the launch price. Even though the iPhone 7 Plus will launch at Rs.2,000 less than the iPhone 6S, it’s still a bit too high when you compare it to the US prices. I understand that’s for the obvious reasons, but it’s 2016 and not everyone wants to invest half a lakh in a smartphone.
As for decent deals on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, we’ll keep an eye on those. For the first few weeks it would be wild to think about discounts. But then the Indian e-commerce scene is completely insane right now. Do keep an eye out for alerts from our Twitter account.