Apple iPhone 7 Series: Is it still worth it in 2021?


Even after 5 years from their release, the iPhone 7 series is still a sought-out commodity in the smartphone market. With newer iPhones having jaw-dropping and wallet-tearing prices, it is not a surprise that many users still want to get their hands on this older generation of the brand.
In this article, we will look at the specs that the iPhone 7 series has to offer and how it weighs in today’s market. You should be able to have a good idea of whether this phone is worth the buy in the year 2021 by the end of this guide.

The Design

As a flagship model of the famous Apple brand, the iPhone 7 was well-received by many enthusiasts around the world. It had top-of-the-line specifications during its time and the performance was rivalled by few. The iPhone 7 series had a very distinct design compared to the iPhone 6 models, as it had new colour schemes such as the Jet Black, Silver, Rose Gold, and Matte. The camera also received a modification towards sleeker curves that are different from the 6 series’ protruding style.


The phone does not falter even in the hardware department. It has 4.7 inches, 750 by 1334 pixels screen for the iPhone 7 and 5.5-inches, 1080 by 1920 pixels for the 7 Plus variant. Furthermore, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has an Apple A10 fusion of 2GB and 3GB RAM respectively, meaning that it can still optimally run most modern apps available on the Appstore. Both products are available in 32 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB storage versions.


One component that the camera lacks is in the megapixels department. The iPhone 7 series only has a 12 MP back camera and a 7 MP front camera. However, this should not be a worry since the phone still gives crisp and high-definition images thanks to its great sensor. One should take note that the phone does not do well in capturing subjects in low-light environments.


  • Modified Home Button. The iPhone 7 series has a sturdier home button compared to previous models.
  • Headphone Jack Removed. This device is the first-ever version of the iPhone to fully remove headphone jacks. Any type of headset must be connected through the lightning cable (same as the charger).
  • IP67 Water Resistance. The phone is better equipped for handling water accidents. However, this does not mean that it should be used underwater as it is not fully waterproof.
  • Better Display. The iPhone 7 series is equipped with a superior Retina High-Definition display meaning that it has 1.25x the brightness of its predecessors.
  • Battery Capacity. The iPhone 7 has a capacity of almost 2000 mAh while the iPhone 7 Plus has 2900 mAh. This is optimized by the installed microprocessor that gives more efficiency compared to the 6 series.

Operating System

One of the main things to look out for when buying an older generation of iPhone is the operating system supported. Apple updates this every year, so this means that other devices might not get support from the latest OS available. 
Fortunately, the iPhone 7 still accepts the 2020-released iOS version 14 and can even be upgraded to 14.5.1. This means that you will still get optimized hardware if you buy this phone right now.
Even the upcoming iOS 15 will still be available for use on the iPhone 7 series. This feature gives it versatility and optimization even if it is considered one of the older models of the brand.


Costs of the iPhone 7 can range from $130 to $185 depending on the storage. On the other hand, the Plus variant is priced at $190 to $270. This is considered a great deal in 2021 since you will be getting good hardware at a cheap price that will still be supported by the upcoming version.
This cost is a mere fraction when compared to the latest iPhone 12 Pro that has a $700 starting price. Well, this should be expected since the iPhone 12 has beastly features that are grounded on the latest hardware available in the market.


If you are looking for an iOS device that is cheap and will still have support on the latest OS which will be released in 2021, then the iPhone 7 is for you. This smartphone has great features that even match some modern-day rivals. However, you should not forget its downsides in terms of camera, battery life, and display, as it is clear that more modern iOS models are better than it.
The iPhone 7 is perfect for those individuals that are not mainly concerned about the specifics of having the latest iPhone. To answer the question stated in the title: Yes, the iPhone 7 series is still a worthy model in 2021.

David Peter

David Peter is an editor for HotAppleNews, he is a tech enthusiast and an avid Apple fan for the best part of a decade. David Peter brings you the latest news, big announcements, leaks and rumours of everything Apple-related. He has reviewed and tested thousands of devices and worked with leading tech brands. In his spare time, David Peter likes to play footy and Xbox with the boys to unwind.

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