The ultimate question, is the iPhone 7 a 6SS?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by cdmoore74, Sep 19, 2016.


Is the iPhone 7 a true upgrade from the 6 series?

  1. Yes, the iPhone 7 is a new and improved model that deserves the 7.

    38 vote(s)
  2. No, the differences are small and not worth the 7 at the end.

    31 vote(s)
  1. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    After owning the phone for a few days did Apple do enough to convince you that this is indeed a true iPhone 7?

    I'm picking no, the iPhone is not a true successor to the iPhone 6/6S. But I'm still buying the Plus model because I've never owned it.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Massive CPU jump. Massive GPU jump. Bigger and better battery. Looks similar? Yeah. No headphone jack? Okay.

    It's a different model and next year will be the 7S IMO. I don't think this incredible rumoured anniversary edition iPhone will be happening until 2018.
  3. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Next year will be a huge upgrade but this years is still a good upgrade.

    New color
    Better speakers
    Better camera features
    Water resistance
    More storage if needed

    Either way though the 6s is still an amazing device
  4. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    iPhone 4 -> 5 major redesign. 5 -> 6 major design as well. But, 6 -> 7 not sure. Faster processor and bigger RAM should not be counted for improvement due to its new IOS 10 requires more CPU power. Tried to compare iPhone 4s with iOS 4.3.3 vs iPhone 6s with iOS 9. Their performances are on par.
  5. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I would be very surprised if Apple did anything about the "anniversary" phone. Outside of enthusiast colonies when people are almost wedded to their phones, I dont think anyone else cares of counts if Apple is having its 10th anniversary or not. Heck, people forget their own anniversaries. I hope that Apple focuses on doing the best possible job for the next phone and not get caught up with "Special edition" or "Anniversary" badge and delivering some crap.
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Agreed. Plus I doubt they are going to break the 'S' cycle just to honour some stupid 10th anniversary of the iPhone.

    We've seen these rumours come and go so often. Remember the iPhone 4 with 16th months before the next update? Everybody thought it was going to be something special. Nah, it was the 4S. Same shell, better internals.

    It'll be the same next September, I'm sure of it.
  7. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    It is now waterproof
    It has dual speakers
    It has an improved camera
    It has a better screen
    A new home button

    That's a pretty significant update. Enough to make it not the 6SS.

    If there weren't any rumours about this anniversary iPhone next year people would be able to appreciate it for the good update that it is.
  8. Math889 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2016
    It's water resistant NOT waterproof
    --- Post Merged, Sep 19, 2016 ---
    The 4s came with iOS 5.0 not 4.3.3
  9. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I know a typo.
  10. bbates123 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    The speakers are nice, I agree
    The camera is not improved on the 7 vs the 6S (at least not for me)
    The screen is not better in my opinion (too warm)
    The new home button isn't a feature for me
    Looks the same

    Water resistance...for me that's really the only major selling point. I would definitely call this a 6SS.
  11. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015

    I see very little reason to believe that 2018 will be anything other than a 7s model. However, it would not surprise me to see entirely new iPhones next year either.

    One thing that I think goes over the heads of people: Both of the phones released by Apple in 2016 (iPhone SE and iPhone 7) are 3rd generation evolutions of their most recent designs. The iPhone SE is the the 3rd iteration of iPhone 5 design, and the iPhone 7 is the 3rd iteration of iPhone 6 design.

    This is of course NOT inherently a bad thing, as some idiots would love for you to believe.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 19, 2016 ---
    When DisplayMate calls it the best LCD on any product ever, and gives measurable data as to why, I'd say that renders any thoughtless opinion like yours completely invalid.
  12. Chew Toy McCoy macrumors regular

    Chew Toy McCoy

    May 13, 2016
    Its bizarre that what Apple numbers it has a serious psychological impact on some people or that they feel smugly confident in what they want to personally number it.
  13. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    Have display mate reviewed the 7/7 plus screens yet?

    Nevertheless I can definitely see the improvements to the screen on my 7 plus. The place I'm seeing it the most is when watching videos. The colours are more vibrant.
  14. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    It's more like a 5.9S. One step forward, two steps back.
  15. cdmoore74 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    It's Apple's fault, they have trained us this way. I believe it's time to do away with the "S" model and maybe that's the case for next year. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a iPhone 8 instead of a iPhone 7S.
  16. ziggo macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2008
    If they hadn't changed the home button I'd be inclined to think if it as a 6SS but with the massive CPU and Camera upgrades, along with the new colors and the home button change I feel it's enough to stand on its own as a true successor.
  17. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    The major changes from 4 to 4s were dual processor, better camera, and Siri. The major changes from 5 to 5s were faster processor, better camera, Touch ID. The major changes from 6 to 6s were faster processor, better camera, 3D Touch.

    By contrast, every single "s" model to the next whole number has involved a change in form factor: 3GS to 4 got a new body and Retina display; 4s to 5 got a new body and new screen size; 5s to 6 got new bodies and screen sizes.

    The 6s to 7 jump is far more in line with what's traditionally been "s" upgrades. It's actually most similar to the 3G to 3GS upgrade because there's no new "selling point" feature (Siri, Touch ID, 3D Touch) but (as with the 3GS) there's actually quite a lot of improvement under the hood.
  18. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
    I'd say yes. Almost the same outside but with major internal revisions.

    It does not matter though IMO because the 7 is a substantial upgrade for many people.
  19. caelius macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2015
    Innsbruck, Austria
    It's such a massive improvement in nearly every respect - why the wouldn't it deserve it's 7?
  20. Branskins macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2008
    Question in thread title is wildly different then the question in the poll...
  21. valinda macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2015
    Virginia Beach, VA
    That is why I got the smaller 7. I already have a 6s plus that I am keeping. The 6s/7 is a nice size.
    If you upgrade every year, it's not going to be a substantial upgrade.
  22. bufffilm, Sep 19, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2016

    bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    What Apple calls the new iPhone is all just marketing (in the end).

    Would some feel better if the 7 was called the 6SE? Would that make it easier to decide whether to buy or not?

    It doesn't matter what the 2017 iPhone gets called. Maybe they'll call it the ip8. And maybe not.

    I guess those of you who are swayed by what something is called, rather than what is inside the new iPhone, have some deciding to do.
  23. Chew Toy McCoy macrumors regular

    Chew Toy McCoy

    May 13, 2016

    At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what Apple number’s it. Barring early hiccups each new model is better than the previous model to varying degrees.

    I think we’ve plateaued on real meaningful innovation and now people think something like curved edge to edge glass is an important feature worth holding out for.
  24. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    It's just a gap year because Apple is rumored to debut the 2017 iPhone sans the dedicated home button, which means a whole new design and indicates there won't be an iPhone 7s/7s+ next year.

    However, we did finally get version in the 6 series form factor that isn't an eyesore. At least I no longer cringe when I look at the back of my iPhone 7.
  25. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    Don't discount the A10 Fusion quad core SoC. That is one amazing chip from everything I read on the technical sites. WAY improved GPU as well.

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