All the lit­tle things

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If you want to enjoy stereo sound from your de­vice, you’ll need an iPhone 7 or later

We’ve cov­ered the ma­jor bases here, but there are a few more things to think about.

For ex­am­ple, if you want to enjoy stereo sound from your de­vice, you’ll need an iPhone 7 or later – ear­lier iPhones lack the fea­ture. Speak­ing of au­dio, you’ll need to buy an iPhone 6s or ear­lier if you want to hook up a pair of your wired ear­phones with­out need­ing an adap­tor.

Splash dam­age

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are also the first mod­els to be wa­ter and dust re­sis­tant, which is use­ful if you’re wor­ried dam­ag­ing your prized new iPhone.

And if you’re fed up of ca­ble spaghetti, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X all fea­ture wire­less charg­ing (al­though you’ll need to get a wire­less charg­ing pad as well).

3D Touch lets you press a lit­tle harder on your iPhone screen to get extra func­tion­al­ity and op­tions, both in apps and the Home screen. It’s only avail­able in the iPhone 6s or later (though not the SE).

Let’s not for­get bat­tery life. Ap­ple says the SE’s bat­tery lasts for 14 hours of talk time on 3G, as do the 6s, 7 and 8. The iPhone 6s Plus gives you up to 24 hours of 3G talk time; you’ll get around 21 hours on the 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X. In gen­eral use, Ap­ple claims the 7 and 7 Plus get up to two hours more juice than the 6s and 6s Plus. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the same as the 7 and 7 Plus, but the X gets about two hours more bat­tery life.

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