Apple Makes iPhone 7 More Rugged, Watertight Minus Headphone Jack
NEWS ANALYSIS: The latest version of the iPhone offers some improvements, but at the same price as before. The new features should be useful to business buyers.Apple has made some bold changes to the latest iteration of the iPhone, but, to the relief of most business users, it has retained a pathway to their legacy infrastructure. Of course, the new iPhone 7 is faster than earlier iPhones models, has more memory and it includes important improvements users have wanted for years. While there's a lot that's new, the most important changes for people who depend on their phones for their livelihood are water resistance, a more rugged structure and the elimination of the headphone jack. Other important changes include a better camera, a much faster processor and more memory. It may seem prosaic, but the improved water resistance may be the most critical for the majority of users. The new iPhone 7 meets IP67 standards for water and dust protection. This means that the phone is completely sealed against dust and that it can be immersed in water as much as a meter deep without damage. To all of those who have lost communications on a business trip because their phone slipped into a sink or dropped into the toilet: You now have a path to salvation.
What's important about the iPhone's approach to water resistance is that it doesn't depend on tiny rubber plugs and caps to maintain its integrity. The iPhone 7 is water-resistant on its own.