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Waiting for the redesigned iPhone 8 means missing out on an amazing iPhone 7 experience

Published Sep 7th, 2016 12:17PM EDT
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It’s iPhone 7 day, which means Apple will finally make the smartphone official. After months of waiting, many people are likely to decide this week whether or not upgrading to the iPhone 7 is worth it. Some pundits are describing the iPhone 7 as an uninspired upgrade over last year’s model, looking forward to a big redesign next year that would better help Apple. However, if you’re going to wait for the iPhone 8 to arrive, you might just miss out on an amazing iPhone 7 experience this year.

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Investors and consumers are already setting their sights on Apple’s 2017 iPhone, Reuters writes, a device that’s supposed to mark Apple’s 10th iPhone anniversary and introduce a brand new form factor.

“It looks like part of the reason they are keeping the design the same this year is there are bigger changes they are working on for next year,” Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson told the news site. The analyst says that Apple may only get single-digit gains in sales for this year’s iPhone after iPhone sales dropped for two quarters in a row.

“The iPhone 7 runs the risk of disappointing investors,” BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis told Reuters.

The iPhone 8, which is what people are currently calling next year’s iPhone, could sport a wider display that reaches from one edge to the device to the other and an invisible home button embedded in the screen. That’s what unnamed analysts told Reuters, and it’s in line with everything else we’ve heard about the 2017 iPhone upgrade.

But that doesn’t mean the iPhone 7 will be any less exciting, and we’ve often explained why that’s the case.

Analysts often fail to grasp the idea that you don’t need a brand new design to deliver a better mobile experience. Last year’s iPhone 6s was a major upgrade compared to the iPhone 6. The iPhone 7 will be even faster than the already speedy iPhone 6s, and miles ahead of the iPhone 6.

If a fresh design is all that matters to you and you plan on waiting on the iPhone 8 to arrive before upgrading your iPhone, then you’ll miss out on a great smartphone experience. And just in case budgeting is in the way of your next iPhone purchase, here’s one way to do it without breaking the bank.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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