The official iPhone 7 reviews are in by major publications including the New York Times and also Walt Mossberg
The iPhone 7 is going on sale on Friday. Shipping times slipped rapidly when the iPhone 7 went up for pre-order on September 9. Apple has likely sold through the first couple million units already. Especially the Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are in high demand pushing delivery into November.
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Today, major publications that received an iPhone 7 review unit from Apple have released their reviews. Most of them lament about the absence of the audio jack. Really? Get over it. Even respected Walt Mossberg dedicates a long section about the removal of the audio jack. He sums it up with: "It’s an annoyance and a negative." He even hopes that the iPhone 8 will have a better audio solution. The analog audio jack is gone. It is over. It is dead.
The extremely, and I mean, really extremely in-depth iPhone 7 review at Ars Technica also sees the audio jack removal as major catch. The topic takes a major part in their review. In the conclusion Ars Technica lists the remove of the Audio jack under the Ugly: "Even if you’re totally, completely, 100 percent on-board with the removal of the headphone jack and believe that the future of sound is totally wireless, you can objectively admit that the transition is going to be rough."
The New York Times for a change has no issues with the audio jack removal in the iPhone 7. Brian X. Chen writes: "Sooner or later, consumers will probably look back at the iPhone’s puberty phase and accept that changes had to be made for the smartphone to mature. I, for one, am looking forward to a future with fewer wires."
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The iPhone 7 comes with Lightning EarPods. There is even a cable to connect an analog headphone via the Lightning port to the iPhone. The remove of this ancient technology is in no way overshadowing the other improvements. I trade that audio jack just for having a water proof iPhone.