What’s New With the iPhone 7 and How Much Memory You’ll Need
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Director, Consumer Marketing | Chris is the ring leader for the SanDisk mobile lifestyle blog. Chris has led marketing for industry leading products in personal cloud storage, peripherals, video games and apps. He has a passion for live music, coaching and tv dramas – Game of Thrones is his favorite. He’ll make sure the content is fresh and relevant.

First of all, there are two models to choose from: the iPhone 7 with a 4.7-inch screen and the larger iPhone 7 Plus with the 5.5-inch screen, the same dimensions as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, respectively. Both iPhone 7 models feature water and dust resistance, stereo speakers, a new pressure-sensitive home button with “taptic” feedback, and the A10 Fusion processor chip promising faster speeds and longer battery life than that of the 6s series. Neither of the iPhone models come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning you’ll have to get Lightning headphones, use an adapter or opt for Bluetooth audio connectivity.

The improved camera (12MP rear; 7MP front) for both models is up to 60% faster than that of previous iPhones, while the f/1.8 aperture captures scenes better in low-light conditions (it will let in more light than the f/2.2 aperture of the 6s). Image stabilization offers exposures up to three times as long. Quad-LED True Tone flash offers a burst of light that won’t ruin your photos. For more serious photographers, the ability to shot in DNG raw format should be very exciting.

The iPhone 7 Plus additionally offers a dual-lens (wide angle and telephoto) camera that excels at long-range photos, as well as 2x optical zoom. Additionally, a new feature, the “portrait” effect, adds depth to your photos

Sizing up your iPhone 7

After deciding which model and color you prefer, the more difficult decision is selecting the right storage capacity. With greater potential for larger media, particularly if you plan on shooting in raw format or taking a lot of selfies, more memory is needed to store them. The iPhone 7 models take this into account with a starting capacity of 32GB (in comparison, the iPhone 6s started with a 16GB capacity), with additional options of 128GB and 256GB.

Of course, the actual memory you’ll have access to will be less than these amounts, as the iPhone itself reserves some space for system files. Factor in as well all the apps, music and movies you already have, and you can see how having extra memory can come in handy.

If you were constantly running out of memory on your old phone, you’ll definitely want to upgrade to a higher storage capacity. Of course, more storage comes at a greater cost. Moving from the baseline 32GB model to the 128GB model for both phones will run you $1.04/GB. Moving from the 128GB models to the 256GB models will cost $0.78/GB. This means that the higher up you go, the less you’re paying for memory. Of course, you’ll be paying more overall.

A cost-effective option to get more memory would be to pick up an external device like the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive which features a Lightning connector that works with iOS devices, capable of complementing your iPhone 7 with up to 128GB of memory. At $93.90 at the time of writing, the 128GB iXpand Flash Drive would cost $0.73/GB, less even than the jump from the 128GB iPhone 7 to the 256GB. The iXpand is a simple and secure way to transfer your media and contacts from your old phone to your new iPhone 7 without requiring an Internet connection, a data plan, access to the cloud or your computer. Simply plug it in to back up the old device, then restore it on your new smartphone. You can continue backing up your iPhone 7 with the iXpand in the future to ensure all your memories are safe.

The iXpand Flash Drive is available at Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author

Director, Consumer Marketing | Chris is the ring leader for the SanDisk mobile lifestyle blog. Chris has led marketing for industry leading products in personal cloud storage, peripherals, video games and apps. He has a passion for live music, coaching and tv dramas – Game of Thrones is his favorite. He’ll make sure the content is fresh and relevant.



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  • Brian Kimball

    Hi Chris, in 2017 I will be using an iPhone 7 Plus as my primary camera for RAW photos & 100 Mbps 4K videos (large files!) during a 5 month hike along the entire Pacific Crest Trail (from Mexico to Canada).

    I have been stressing out about photo/video storage and backup solutions until I came across your iXpand line of flash drives. I am now very excited and relieved to know I will likely have easy access to lightweight off-phone storage, and I am definitely going to buy 8-10 of your drives to have on me during the hike & be mailed back and forth to my logistical support back home.

    However, before I make the big purchase, I desperately need to know: can your iOS app backup the iPhone’s new raw images contained in the Phone’s camera roll? These will have a .DNG extension, not a .JPG. I really, really need to know that the .DNG will end up on the Sandisk flash drive.

    Thank you!!!

    Posted: December 15, 2016 on 12:56 am      
    • Admin at SanDisk.com

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for the question. Yes, the iXpand Flash Drive can save .DNG and raw file formats. If you’re using a third-party app that saves in raw formats, here is the procedure:

      1) Make sure the iXpand app is enabled for the “Open In” function (https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2679947?tstart=0)
      2) Take photos with the photo app and ensure the “Save in RAW” function is enabled;
      3) Select the photo or photos, and activate the Open In function, select iXpand;
      the iXpand app will ask you where to save the RAW/.DNG file(s)

      Here’s more on apps that save RAW image files: http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-shoot-raw-photos-on-ios-10-iphone-and-ipad/

      Hope that helps!

      Posted: December 20, 2016 on 5:02 am