BEIRUT: Apple had the world buzzing – and Lebanon as well – with its 107-second introduction of the newest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus two weeks ago
Already selling out in American stores and other spots around the world, the early international number of sales has shown to be very similar in excitement level to the previous models last year.
Whether users are testing the iPhone's latest additions such as water resistance or the 12 megapixels camera, the new phone has landed in the middle of the world-wide news cycle. And judging from both global and local website, blogs, and YouTube postings, the buzz factor is high.
"I'm actually quite thrilled to try the new A-10 chip on the first smartphone ever, the dual camera apart from the sexy jet black color," said Serge Trad, an Apple fan. "I'm definitely turning in my iPhone 6 and trading it for the 7."
Many are interested, but want to eke a bit more life out of the iPhone 6.
Trad added, "I have mixed feelings about the headphone jack, but Apple always go balls in with their design features, so I fully trust them on that."
"I am quite excited about the newest Apple product," Tamara Jamaledine, a current iPhone 6 holder, said. "Though I hope the physical features [of the iPhone 7] will make a noticeable difference."
She added, however, "As long as I update my iPhone 6's operating system to the new iOS 10, I wouldn't need to get the iPhone 7 for six or so months."
While other Apple users have done thorough research to get familiar with the iPhone 7, some chose to focus more on the next one coming out in celebration of the 10th anniversary of iPhone.
"Apple is weighing all the heavy work on its next iPhone, which is marking up the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone and the (late CEO Steve) Jobs' legacy," Maurice Rustom, a self-avowed Apple fanatic, said to Annahar on why he won't be getting the newest iPone in the market.
Both Khoury Home and Abed Tahan had similar answers. "We haven't received as much customers as for the iPhone 6/6S. Most people have the latter, thus lessening the urge to buy the 7," an Abed Tahan employee explained.
On the other hand, Virgin Megastore Downtown reportedly sold out their share of the iPhone 7 and are awaiting a stock replenishment to serve continued customer demand.
Ahmad Tahan, also a self-avowed techno enthusiast said he will wait for the next iPhone to hit the stores in 2017. "I won't be getting the new iPhone, I have the 6 and it's still super great. I'll be waiting for the 7S or 8."
What might be revolutionary for the iPhone, has become old technology for other brands. "Not much changed except for the camera, the stereo speaker and the fact that it's now waterproof, which were long present before in both Samsung and LG," Rustom said.
Nevertheless, Tahan concedes that Apple has been the pioneer in challenging all conventions. "I'm neutral towards the headphone jack, but it takes some courage to try to change the norm, and that's what Apple do best (they did that with the DVD drive few years back with the MacBook)."
Apple had dropped the optical drive from the iMac a few years ago, rendering all their PCs CD/DVD-less. A controversial move made by a thought-provoking company; yet again, fast forward to 2016 this tech empire remains as strong as ever.
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