Just how good is the sound quality on the new iPhone?

With the iPhone 7 now available to buy, buyers thinking of making the upgrade are asking many questions of the device – not least of which revolve around the audio quality. 

This is an understandable point of interest, given the fact that one of the headline changes to the iPhone with this update was the removal of the industry-standard 3.5mm headphone jack. 

One of the main reasons this was done was to pave the way for Apple's forthcoming AirPods, which were announced alongside the launch of the iPhone 7 and are being marketed as a major reinvention of the wireless headphone. 

These are due to be released at the end of October and are priced at $229. Traditional wired earphones are included in the box with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and can be connected to the device via a Lightning adapter. 

However, this has come in for some criticism, with Germany-based c't Magazine arguing the signal quality deteriorates, rather than improves. It stated that the output jacks of the iPhone 6S and iPad Air compare favourably with professional audio interfaces. However, the Lightning adapter on the new versions are not quite as good. 

Despite this, the magazine conceded that it is only likely to be noticeable on professional-grade equipment, with no perceivable sound quality dip picked up when tested on commonplace audio formats such as mp3 and AAC files. 

It was also noted that Bluetooth headphones and digital audio interfaces are not affected by any deterioration.

This is likely to be welcome news for most Apple fans keen to know if they are still able to enjoy their favourite tunes with their wired earphones. 

The iPhone 7 is likely to be an appealing upgrade for audiophiles, because when it is flipped on its side it can offer stereo sound for the first time on an iPhone. Higher quality audio technology means it is capable of increased dynamic range. 

Other technological innovations offered by the AirPods themselves are also likely to be attractive. They ship with a charging case and can be instantly set up with one tap. 

Not only do they allow the user to listen to music wirelessly, but the AirPod sensors will be able to tell when the device owner is listening and automatically play and pause music. They can intelligently switch from listening to music to answering a phone call if required. 

Written by Mazuma

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