No one needs any reminder of Apple’s controversial (or courageous, if you take their word for it) decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhones 7 and 7 Plus. However, as with everything in technology, we all adjust and move on. Apple was good enough to include a Lightning Headphone Adapter in the box with the newest iPhones, but that still leaves us with the issue of how to play music or audio and charge a the same time. Anyone who listens to music or podcasts in the car via an Aux port in their car audio system like I do knows this is not a trivial matter.
This week, Apple followed up last year’s mid-product cycle release of the iPhone SE with a couple of small, but welcomed additions to the iPhone linuep. While they were modest enough to not warrant an event of their own, and instead just a press release and rollout in the online Apple Store, they are still definitely worth talking about.
See if this sounds familiar to you? Â You heard that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were going to look the same as the last two iPhones Apple released. Â There aren’t going to be any great new features released, because the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone is next year, and they are saving all theÂ best to celebrate the big day. Â So, then why were pre-orders slipping weeks after launch day 15 minutes after pre-orders began? Â It couldn’t be because people were actually buying the new iPhones? Â Maybe Apple just didn’t make enough on purpose? Â Believe what you’d like, but from what the carriers have been reporting, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were a big hit, and broke many launch day records.
So where does that leave you if you were hoping to secure a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus ASAP? Â That depends on which iPhone you were looking to purchase. Â Just like it is every year that a new color option is offered, the Matte Black and Jet Black versionsÂ are in high demand–especially the Jet Black, do to the extensive and meticulous Â process used to create theÂ glossy finish.
I have been an iPhone owner since the very first one was released in June of 2007. Â I, like many others, was captivated by this computer in my pocket, and was extremely excited about its potential. Â I have been able to finagle my way into buying an iPhone every years since than, except for the iPhone 3G–I wasn’t eligible for an upgrade since I purchased the first gen iPhone a few months before the 3G was released. Â I have been an early adopter, and have either pre-ordered and picked up on launch day, or purchased a new iPhone at an Apple Store the day it went on sale.
This year, however, the planets didn’t align properly for me to make that happen on time. Â I was up at 2:45 to pre-order, but both the Apple and AT&T servers were strained past their limits, pushing my delivery time out 1-2 weeks for my 128 GB 7 Plus in Black. Â Between Apple’s “iconic design” being good enough for the masses and those consumers who had theirÂ upgrade cycles fall on this year, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus was still in high demand. Â As I watched others cheer with delight as they tracked and received theirÂ new iPhones, all I could do was wait–until yesterday. Â My new iPhone was delivered over a week ahead of schedule, and so far, I couldn’t be happier. Â Let me share with you some of my initial thoughts and observations after only one day of use.
The big iPhone announcement day is almost here, and just like they have in recent years, Apple will be live-streaming the Special Media Event. Â If you are available, and want to catch all the action and announcements as they are being presented you can follow on any iOS device or Mac running the latest version of Safari, as well as 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV’s. Â Here are the minimum requirements for the devices that support the live-stream
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later
- Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later
- PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
- Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).
The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco start will be where all the fun starts Â at 1 pm EST. Be sure you’re all set up ahead time and your browser is pointed at theÂ Apple Special EventsÂ page.Â