Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Apple has officially announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now. The design is very similar to last year’s iPhone 6 Series with a rounded aluminum body. But that’s about all that’s similar. New for the iPhone is the phone’s water resistance, which means you can get the iPhone 7 or the larger iPhone 7 Plus wet with no worries. There’s also a new dual camera system, stereo speakers, and a darker black color scheme. In an expected but still technologically forward idea, the iPhone 7 does not have a headphone jack, rendering countless 3.5mm headphones useless with the device.
The new iPhone 7 has a glossy, mirrored design. A couple of new colors have been added to the lineup, black and jet black. Jet black is much darker and richer than the space black of years past. Apple is also keeping gold, silver, and rose gold.
New home button and camera
The home button for the iPhone 7 has been completely redesigned. It’s now a force-sensitive button like the Force Touch trackpads used in recent MacBook laptops. The phone has also appropriated the Taptic Engine haptic feedback system from the Apple Watch, which provides different vibration feedback for various alerts.
But the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera system is what the real upgrades are all about. Apple says the new dual camera allows for true 2x optical zoom without loss of image quality. One of the lenses is equivalent to 28mm for wide angle shots (like a standard iPhone camera), while the other has a closer, 60mm equivalent lens. Switching between the two cameras is seamless in the iPhone 7 Plus camera app — just tap the 1x or 2x button and the camera will switch automatically. You can zoom further, up to 10x, but beyond 2x is digital zoom that crops the photo. Apple has also developed a feature that uses both lenses to mimic a shallow depth of field, like what can be accomplished with a larger DSLR. This feature will be available via a software update later this year.
The new iPhone displays are 25 percent brighter, with a wider color gamut for better color reproduction and improved color management. Both include the 3D Touch pressure-sensitive display that debuted with the 6S line.
No 3.5mm headphone jack? No problem
The iPhone 7 does not have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. In its place is a second speaker, giving the phone stereo sound, and Apple has developed a set of EarPods with a Lightning connector that will be included with the phone. Additionally, an adapter comes in the box so you can still use 3.5mm headphones with the device.
Apple has developed a new set of wireless headphones called AirPods, designed to work with the iPhone 7. The AirPods are truly wireless, without a cable connecting the left and right headphone. Apple developed a new wireless technology that handles both audio and the wireless connection to the phone or Apple Watch. The AirPods will be available in late October, for $169.
Processing for the new iPhone comes from an A10 Fusion processor that is said to be 40 percent faster than last year’s chip. It’s combined with a new graphics processing chip that is 50 percent faster than what’s in the A9. Apple also says that the new phones have “the longest battery life ever of an iPhone,” but the actual improvements in that regard seem as miniscule as they always do.
Apple says the new phone will be available for purchase on September 16th, though pre-orders started on September 9th. The new iPhone will start with 32GB of storage for $649 (a long awaited upgrade from the 16GB that used to be in the base model) and goes up to 256GB for $849. The larger Plus model is actually more expensive than its predecessor, starting at $769 for the 32GB version and go up to $969 for the top model. The device was revealed by Apple’s Twitter account ahead of being announced on stage, a rare blunder for an Apple product launch.