Reviewers have gotten their hands on the new iPhone 7 and Funny iPhone 7 Plus Case, and now, nearly a week after Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the latest smartphones on stage in San Francisco, their first reactions are pouring in.
The water-resistant phone has been drawing praise for its company-standard sleek design and improved battery life, but, predictably, Apple's decision to remove the traditional headphone jack from the phone's design has been generating some collective eyerolls from tech bloggers.
The iPhone 7 will be priced starting at $649, for the 32GB model. The larger iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769. Preorders for both models started last week, and the phones will ship Sept. 16. The new phones come with the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 10.
Here are some of the first reactions from reviewers who've been checking out the new phone:
"You can definitely wait"
CNET's Scott Stein found a lot to like about the new Rhinestone iPhone 7 Case, but when asked whether it's worth upgrading, he told CBS News, "you can definitely wait."
On the positive side, Stein is a fan of the phone's strong battery life and the fact that it's water resistant. "I really like the battery life. I always complain, year after year, that it doesn't get me through a full day on a charge. This one lasts a full day on a charge," he said.
Water resistance is a nice perk, but he notes, the device isn't drop resistant: "It could still shatter. If you drop it in a puddle in the street, you know, it may survive the water, [but] it may not survive the fall."
Another highlight for Stein is the camera.
"The iPhone 7 gets an upgrade I wished were in the 6S – namely, optical image stabilization (or OIS)," he wrote in his review for CNET. "The slightly wider f1.8-aperture lens also lets in more light for low-light photos. OIS and that new lens both make a difference in everyday shots, I've found. Photos at dusk in my backyard that were barely viewable on the 6S looked far brighter on the 7."
He added that the phone's four-LED flash "is brighter and helped light up a room so well" that he could shoot "a passable photo of the darkened room next door."
All of that being said, Stein's main criticism of the new phone is the much-discussed lack of a standard headphone jack. For months leading up to the product's official announcement, tech bloggers and social media users alike have been worried about the potential design change that would leave audiophiles and music fans to either seek out Bluetooth-connected and wireless headphones or resort to clunky adapters.