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Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s: Should you upgrade?

Here's why you might (or might not) want to hold off

It’s that time again: a mere 10 days after Apple unveiled the new iPhone 7 it’s available to buy, in shops, with your hard-earned and all-too-soon-depleted cash.

Question is, should it end up in your hands if you’re currently wielding an iPhone 6s? The desire to upgrade can be tempting, especially as this is the thinnest, sleekest Apple phone to date, but are the enhancements really enough to make you jettison a year-old flagship?

We’ve already posted our full, comprehensive iPhone 7 review, but if you’re looking for a to-the-point verdict on whether or not you need to scrape together £600+ for an upgrade, here’s our take.

Reasons to upgrade

Reasons to upgrade

1) It’s waterproof

Possibly the most significant change is one that you may never notice without a would-be mishap: the iPhone 7 is IP67-rated waterproof, which means it can take both a splash and a puddle bath without failing. Last year’s iPhone 6s had some slight water resistance internally, but this is a big step up.

2) It’s more powerful

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Andrew writes features, news stories, reviews, and other pieces, often when the UK home team is off-duty or asleep. I'm based in Chicago with my lovely wife, amazing son, and silly cats, and my writing about games, gadgets, esports, apps, and plenty more has appeared in more than 75 publications since 2006.

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