Four full years since release, the iPhone 7 still remains my daily and only current phone that I use. Still rocking solid, thick bezels; a physical home button; and an A10 chipset, the iPhone 7 looks quite out of date as most people have moved on from physical buttons on smartphones. Having to unlock your phone via a fingerprint sensor, or Touch ID in Apple’s case, is the thing of the past as face recognition is the new buzz. The A10 chipset can be a bit sluggish at times but it still manages to process and perform with the latest software. Sure, it’s considered to be quite outdated by today’s standards but it still works well and performs as it should.
Considering the primary functions of a smartphone of my own daily usage, which typically consist of answering/making calls and texts, browsing social media and online sites, using navigation, and possibly playing some mobile games, I really didn’t need an upgrade as my iPhone 7 still runs the latest software and apps. Most people tend to upgrade almost every year when the new smartphone rolls out which might seem a bit extraneous as a 2-3 year old device can still work perfectly fine. Although I can’t speak for everyone’s perception, iPhones do tend to have quite a long shelf life— like, really, I’m using a near 5-year-old smartphone today running the latest software to date (iOS 14.0.1). It might not have all the features and bells and whistles, but it works. And it works as it should.
Now despite all the positive perception I said above, I have come across some frustrations and difficulty using an older iPhone in 2020. More so related to the most recent software update, iOS 14.0.1. Updating the iPhone 7 was a pain. Not only was I limited on storage space, the update also had me work more than it should have. Updating over air was nearly impossible as I constantly received installation errors. I finally resorted to updating via iTunes on a pc, which in the end worked but had an obstacle to overcome. After multiple trials of downloading and attempting to install iOS 14, it all seemed hopeless as errors were the result left and right. During the iOS 14 update through iTunes, the installation failed midway and instead of restoring all my files and reverting back to iOS 13, it essentially wiped out my whole phone. iTunes prompted me to restore my backup— which essentially proves to me how important backups can be. Fortunately, after a full 20-minute session of restoring my iPhone 7, it was able to install the new update as well.
I was able to experience the new features of iOS 14 without an issue while also keeping my previous settings. While it may not have all the detailed features due to some lack of hardware, the iPhone 7 still surprisingly operates efficiently and hardly had any lag. Although the new widgets can make the small iPhone 7 display seem cramped, everything works smoothly and as it should. Prior to and during the iOS 14 update, I was itching to upgrade my iPhone 7; after the update, however, I am more comfortable and wouldn’t mind sticking with it as a daily for another year primarily due to the fact that somehow the restoring and update freed some storage space and runs surprisingly well with the new update. With the iPhone 7’s alleged projected support of new updates for about another 2 years, I think that there is still quite some valuable usage of the phone while eyeing the next upgrade.
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