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What Do You Want From the iPhone 7?

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Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
10/17/2016 | 11:31:29 AM
Re: Longer battery life...
.... whereas I am a compulsive upgrader, which has often bitten me in the neck. 

I'm holding out on upgrading Mac OS X this year. Just don't see the point. Might upgrade to Sierra when 10.1 comes out, might wait even longer. 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
10/15/2016 | 12:54:15 PM
Re: Longer battery life...
@Mitch: I think it was 2010.  And I only made the transition because it was more cost-effective than sticking with the "dumb" ones.

I tend to not upgrade things until I *have* to.  The only reason I upgraded from MS-DOS 6.22/Windows 3.11 to Windows 98 (skipping right over 95), for instance, was because there was a computer game I wanted to play that would only run on 95/98.
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
9/18/2016 | 8:34:59 PM
Re: Longer battery life...
When did you make the transition?

I'm looking at the iPhone 7 Plus. On the one hand, I'm not seeing capabilties that make it hugely compelling over the two-year-old iPhone 6 I'm using. On the other hand, the incremental monthly cost of upgrading is so low that the only reasons not to upgrade are inertia, desire to save a small amount of money, saving hassle. Those turn out to be compelling arguments for not upgrading, but I may weaken sooner rather than later. 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/7/2016 | 2:39:07 PM
Waterproofing
Looks like the pro-waterproofers are getting their wish: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3778252/It-s-Apple-s-launch-waterproof-wireless-iPhone-7-NO-headphone-jack-kicks-off.html

Further looks like the rumors of the removal of a headphone jack are true.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/6/2016 | 7:27:52 PM
Re: Longer battery life...
Ironically, the thing that finally pushed me to upgrade to a smartphone years ago was when I accidentally left my flip phone in my bathing suit pocket while swimming.  When I went to my carrier's store, I found that the subsidized cost of getting a smartphone -- albeit along with signing a new contract, replete with a new data plan -- was comparable to buying a new flip phone.
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
9/6/2016 | 2:30:32 PM
Re: Longer battery life...
Second the vote for longer battery life. 

Also, waterproofing would be lovely. I'm not planning on taking the phone swimming or into the shower, but I'd like to be able to fearlessly use the phone when out in the rain. 

Now, when I'm bringing the phone out in the rain I put it in a baggy, which detracts from the beautiful industrial design just a bit. 
Michelle
Michelle
9/6/2016 | 1:48:47 PM
Re: Family Planning!
@Liz it's hard to be the homebase IT person :) It would be nice to see a consumer device management system from Apple. Spiceworks has a nice suite of network monitoring tools -- they should create a consumer device management platform too. 
cnwedit
cnwedit
9/6/2016 | 9:08:45 AM
Re: What Do You Want From the iPhone 7?
I hvae also found my iPhone 6 to be drop-proof. I like it better than the iPhone 5 mostly because it's bigger and my aging eyes are liking anything easier to read. And I like that the camera is an upgrade. 

Beyond that, the money definitely isn't worth it. Although, to adopt your fairness approach, what changed wasn't the price of the device but the loss of any subsidy. I'm paying full freight for this one, albeit by the month. 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/6/2016 | 8:41:56 AM
Re: What Do You Want From the iPhone 7?
Waterproof would definitely be nice.

To be fair, however, "drop-proof" -- relatively speaking -- is easy enough with the right case.  (The case I had on my old phone was amazing.  It finally took dropping that sucker 2 1/2 stories onto a lobby's tile floor to break it -- and even then, the screen didn't crack, and it was fixable (except the antenna was never quite the same again).

And, to be further fair, the more drop-proof you inherently make the device, the more expensive it is -- by leaps and bounds!  Case in point: so-called "rugged," industrial/military-grade laptops.

We could have accident-proof cars if we wanted.  But most people wouldn't be able to afford them.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/6/2016 | 8:37:32 AM
Re: Longer battery life...
@iain: I suspect that the iOS version and other software has more to do with battery drain.  The recall that the models that came before the iPhone 4 did reasonably well on battery life -- until people updated them.
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