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Apple iPhone 7: Great Features and Three Nasty Surprises

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Questions over supply remain and there is no doubt Apple’s new iPhones are already proving immensely popular. But two nasty surprises have been discovered which may cause owners of the iPhone 7 to regret their purchase…

Nasty Surprise #1: Goodbye Sapphire?


The first concern comes courtesy of popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything. The famously diligent test site ran the iPhone 7 through the durability tests and claims Apple has ditched its premium sapphire glass from both the new home button and the camera lens:

The revelation comes after JerryRigEverything used hardness picks to determine the makeup of both surfaces on the Mohs’ scale of mineral hardness. Previously his tests on the iPhone 6S confirmed the presence of sapphire, but this time both the new home button and larger camera of the iPhone 7 scratched easily using picks that do not damage sapphire.

He concludes: “we know for sure that it is regular glass and not sapphire.”

Nasty Surprise #2: New Home Button, New Limitations

The controversies around the new home button continue as well following a discovery by Myke Hurley, eagle eyed founder of RelayFM, who spotted the button only responds to capacitive touch not pressure.

This means the button will not react should you be wearing standard gloves since there is no response anymore to physical movement. As he points out, if you want to test this for yourself then put some material (such as your shirt/t-shirt) over the button and try pressing.

Read more HERE.


  1. These, and other downsides, already discovered, would inhibit the sale of iPhone 7. It’s got DSLR camera features, and that’s good. It’s the first mobile device to come with such. But, when the liquid screen is not covered by warranty, that calls for concern. What happens when people that are not in the US and other countries covered by Apple bought this phone, and they want to replace a broken part? If my guess is right, I think they won’t have any other choice than to dispose it of. And that’s not good.

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