iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems. The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colourful iPhone display. Splash and water resistance.1 And it looks every bit as powerful as it is. This is iPhone 7.
All four national carriers have improved their networks substantially the past few years, and the difference in quality is usually hard to notice. When choosing a carrier, it is useful to see who has the best signal where you actually spend time. The best way to do that is with a site like independent network test firm RootMetrics, which allows you to zoom to the block level.
But given the fact that cellphone bills can be among American household’s largest expenses, and that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48% of American homes rely exclusively on cellphones for phone service, choosing a carrier is important. Here are the pros and cons of the nation’s largest operators.
Makes a splash. Takes a splash.
Two sizes. Five finishes.
With iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, we’re introducing a beautiful black with a matt finish and a deep, high-gloss jet black. Both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models — constructed with incredibly strong 7000 Series aluminium — are also available in our signature silver, gold and rose gold finishes.
iPhone 7 Camera
An entirely new camera enters the picture.
iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. Now we’ve re‑engineered that beloved camera, adding optical image stabilisation, an ƒ/1.8 aperture and a six‑element lens to make it even better for shooting photos and videos in low light. And with advanced new features like wide colour capture, your photos and Live Photos will look even more vibrant.
Optical image stabilisation
iPhone 7 comes with optical image stabilisation to reduce blur associated with motion and hand‑shake. A sensor helps the lens counteract even the tiniest movement, allowing for up to three times longer exposure compared to iPhone 6s.
A larger aperture allows up to 50 per cent more light onto the camera sensor than iPhone 6s, further enhancing the camera’s ability to take superb low-light photos. Teamed with the new six‑element lens, the camera will deliver brighter, more detailed shots.
Quad-LED True Tone flash
Four smart LEDs flash 50 per cent brighter than iPhone 6s. The flash adjusts according to the colour temperature of the environment, resulting in sharper, more brightly lit photos.
iPhone 7 Plus Camera
Two cameras that shoot as one.
iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t have just one entirely new camera system — it has two. The same 12‑megapixel wide‑angle camera that’s on iPhone 7 works with a 12‑megapixel telephoto camera that can get even closer. That means you can get higher quality zoom from further away. And with an all‑new depth‑of‑field effect (coming soon), portrait shots will look better than ever. Say hello to the world’s best photo op.
Retina HD Display
The brightest, most colourful iPhone display yet.
Almost everything you experience with your iPhone comes to life on its display. It’s where you look at the photos, messages, news and countless other things that make up your day. The iPhone 7 display uses the same colour space as the digital cinema industry, so what you see will be noticeably more brilliant and vibrant. Because we all deserve a bit more brightness in our day.
More colours. More true to life.
With a new, wide colour gamut, the Retina HD display is able to deliver cinema‑standard colours — and the best colour management in the smartphone industry. More shades of the colour spectrum can be used to create an image, meaning that what you see on the screen is a truer representation of the world. So whether you’re checking out photos of that perfect dress or Live Photos you took on your holiday, the colours will be so accurate, it will look like you’re there.
3D Touch. Now even handier.
When you use 3D Touch, your iPhone responds with subtle taps. So not only will you see what a press can do — you’ll feel it. The new Retina HD display on iPhone 7 deeply integrates 3D Touch throughout iOS. Now you can interact with Messages, Calendar, Mail and other apps in a more powerful, more responsive way.
iOS 10. It’s why there’s nothing else like an iPhone.
The world’s most advanced mobile operating system.
iOS brings iPhone and iPad to life in incredibly personal and powerful ways. The interface is beautiful and easy to use. Intelligent suggestions appear just when you need them. And advanced technologies protect your privacy and security. Once you’ve experienced iOS, you’ll understand why so many people love using iPhone and iPad.
Easy to Use
Tap. Swipe. Scroll.
See, you already know how to use it.
We want everyone to experience the power of iOS.
iOS includes a variety of assistive features that allow people with disabilities to enjoy more of what iPhone and iPad have to offer. Because as technology moves forward, we want to make sure no one is left behind.
Switching to iOS from Android is easy.
The Move to iOS app makes it surprisingly simple to move all your important stuff, such as contacts, calendars and photos, to your new iPhone or iPad. And Apple Support is always standing by if you have any questions.
Wireless. Effortless. Magical.
Just take them out and they’re ready to use with all your devices. Put them in your ears and they connect instantly. Speak into them and your voice sounds clear. Introducing AirPods. Simplicity and technology, together like never before. The result is completely magical.
Wireless headphones. Finally untangled.
After a simple one-tap setup, AirPods are automatically on and always connected.1 Using them is just as easy. They can sense when they’re in your ears and pause when you take them out. And the AirPods experience is just as amazing whether you’re listening to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac.
The power of 24-hour battery life.
AirPods deliver an industry-leading4 five hours of listening time on one charge.3 And they’re made to keep up with you, thanks to a charging case that holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time.5 Need a quick charge? Just 15 minutes in the case gives you three hours of listening time.6 To check the battery, hold the AirPods next to your iPhone or ask Siri “How’s the battery on my AirPods?”
Automatic setup. Seamless switching.
AirPods connect automatically with all your Apple devices. They’re simultaneously connected to your iPhone and Apple Watch, and sound switches instantly between the devices. Want to listen to your Mac or iPad? Just choose AirPods on those devices.1
How to get the iPhone with Sprint:
One option is to pay for it in monthly installments. The other option is to lease it. When you lease it, you have the option of getting a new iPhone in a year and extending your lease payments. Some customers can still get subsidized pricing when renewing a two-year contract, but those options are limited.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE OTHER BRANDS?
There are only four national wireless carriers (U.S. Cellular is the last remaining major regional provider, in the Midwest, along with many tiny ones sprinkled around the country) but there are countless other brands you may have heard of, such as Consumer Cellular and Straight Talk, just to name a few.
All of those brands are just resellers of the four major carriers. Many of the big ones, such as MetroPCS, Boost and Cricket, are owned by one of the four national carriers.
The brands sell “prepaid” service, meaning you pay your bill at the start of the month rather than the end. Most prepaid brands are cheaper, but it often takes months before the latest phones are released. Customers on those brands might get slower speeds, too. Customers on AT&T-owned Cricket Wireless are limited to speeds of 8 mbps—a decent speed but not the fastest possible. T-Mobile, which owns MetroPCS, says customers on T-Mobile-branded plans get network priority over MetroPCS customers in areas of congestion.