Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus announced
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus look remarkably similar to the phones they replace, this is the smallest generational design shift in the iPhone’s history, but internally quite a lot of things have changed!
The antenna bands on the back of the previous models have been made more discreet; they now hug the edges of the device. This repositioning has allowed Apple to squeeze in larger camera bumps on the back. For the first time in the iPhone’s history, the new phones are ‘water-resistant’ and have stereo speakers.
As we expected, there’s no headphone port to be seen, but there’s at least a stereo speaker for the first time. The home button no longer physically clicks in, but a haptic feedback mechanism will trick your finger into thinking it has. There also a Taptic Feedback Engine in the home button that too is open to third party developers like 3D Touch. Finally, as you’ve probably heard, the headphone jack is no more.
Apple bumped iSight camera’s resolution from 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels last year on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. For the new iPhones, the resolution remains the same at 12 megapixels, but the iPhone 7 finally gets optical image stabilization (a first on the smaller model) and the larger iPhone 7 Plus has two lenses.The back lens is also faster with f/1.8 aperture which helps take even better photos in low-light situations. There’s a new quad-LED flash that outputs 50 percent more flash than previous iPhones.
Up front, for both devices, the new “FaceTime HD” camera ups the resolution from 5 to 7 megapixels. OIS has been around in the larger iPhone models since their introduction, so with that ace removed from its sleeve, the 7 Plus is getting a new feature to differentiate itself: a dual-camera system.
There’s no resolution bump, we’re still talking 1334 x 750 for the 4.7-inch 7 and 1920 x 1080 for the 5.5-inch 7 Plus, but there is an improvement in color gamut.
Apple killed the headphone jack. It’s betting that the future of headphones is wireless, and that’s a fair bet. But the vast majority of headphones in stores are wired. To remedy that, it’s introducing wireless earphones called “AirPods,” as well as packing in Lightning EarPods and this beautiful and super elegant Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box.
The new iPhone 7 is powered by the new A10 Fusion chip. Tt’s a 64-bit, 4-core chip, with 2 high-power cores and 2 low-power cores to save battery life. Obviously, all the statistics that Apple proivded, compared the new chipset with the older ones, not the real ones available out there right now. Apple’s sticking with comparative and superlative statements, like “40 percent faster processing” and “two thirds the power”.
Apple is offering the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in two new colors: Black and Jet Black. That’s on top of the usual gold, silver and rose gold, but Space Gray is gone for now.
The Black iPhone 7 appears to be the glossy variant we saw in previous leaks. It almost looks like glass but Apple says it’s the usual slab of aluminum. It also looks like it will be super reflective. The Jet Black model seems a bit like a darker Space Gray.
So when can you buy one? Pre-orders begin today, and it’ll be available on September 16th. The iPhone 7 starts at $649 for the 32GB model, while the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769. The AirPods cost a whopping $159.
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