My brief hot take on the newly released iPhone 7, as not much has changed in the eyes of the average consumer — exception of spec bumps and slight omissions. I've been using it since it hit my mailbox and I feel as if I have enough of an impression to give my input on the annual update.
It's a solid device, my few gripes with iOS in comparison to Android counterparts have been camera and OLED, of which one of the two has been addressed in this generation. The new camera takes fantastic low light photos, better than the latest galaxy if you factor in the lack of over saturation to make photos pop and just genuine image quality.
My favorite hardware upgrade by far is the camera; my food and Duchess photos are far clearer now that it has the f/1.8 aperture along with OIS — clearly I don't have very interesting subjects, but it appeases my interests. I've attached a few photo samples below.
The new home button is a very welcome addition, I predicted it with the first iOS 10 beta release due to the new way the lock screen operated and I appreciate that they actually followed through. It's far better than the mechanical counterpart and one of the features I enjoyed in the OnePlus 3. The feedback is assertive and more than you could need for the replacement, being accustomed to the new track pad on the rMBP and MacBook, it wasn't difficult adapting.
The new display — I'm colorblind, so I'll allow others to commentate on it. All I know, is that I won't be satisfied until they adopt OLED panels for the deeper blacks. It's a far greater viewing experience, at least in my opinion.
Lastly, the speakers; probably one of my favorite additions to the handset because I watch a lot of youtube videos on my phone while in bed. While they aren't the greatest in comparison to the likes of former HTC devices, it's a far superior experience to what we were offered in the 6/6s.
Outside of these few improvements, in my usage, everything else is identical — I understand the new processor will be good for those of you that game, but I don't. I use messaging applications and petty social media; I'm by no means a 'power user' unless you calculate it by general usage time, in which case I am. Therefore I'm not going to touch base on battery life either, I haven't had enough time with the device to really know if it's improved or not and with the amount I'm on the phone, I'm always attached to a charger anyway.
If you don't care about the new camera, there really isn't a reason to upgrade from a 6s — if you are content with your 6, skipped the 6s, and were holding out for the 7... I still don't know if it's worthy of your money for an upgrade. At the end of the day, you have the same form factor and operating system that you're afforded with the 7 but without the cost.