The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Are Official, Along with the New Apple Watch
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are finally here and they come with a number of new and interesting features. Apple unveiled the shiny flagships during the company’s big event yesterday in San Francisco, along with a pair of Bluetooth earbuds (AirPods), the second generation Apple Watch, and iOS 10. Here’s what you need to know about the new smartphones.
Both iPhones Are Water-resistant and Available in New Colours
After years of waiting and watching Samsung make its handsets water-resistant, Apple finally decided to give this useful feature a try and added the IP67 certification to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. This means that you can hold your phone under water for about 30 minutes, up to 1 metre deep, and not worry about it getting damaged.
When it comes to the design of the 7 duo, it’s obvious that Apple didn’t want to stray too much from the iPhone 6s, but the phones do look more polished and sleek. The iPhone 7 sports a 4.7-inch display with a 1334 x 750 resolution, while the 7 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch screen and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Both displays are 25% brighter than that of the iPhone 6s Plus. It’s also worth noting that there are now two new colours available – Jet Black and matte “just” Black, the former replacing the all-familiar Space Grey. Bear in mind, though, that the Jet Black models are prone to scratching (Apple said so itself in fine print on the company’s website), so it might not be a bad idea to protect your device with an iPhone 7 case or an iPhone 7 Plus case. If you prefer Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold colour options, you’ll be glad to hear that they didn’t go anywhere.
The iPhone 7: No Headphone Jack and a New Home Button
Another major change is that the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone. So, if you want to use your old headphones, you’re going to need a Lightning converter or a pair of Bluetooth headphones – possibly Apple’s new, wireless AirPods, which are sold separately from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Both phones now have stereo speakers, which boast two times the volume of the their predecessor and an improved audio range.
Finally, the home button has gone through some changes, as well. It is now pressure-sensitive and uses haptic feedback, similar to what you can find in the MacBook Force Touch trackpad.
Under the Hood: The A10 Fusion Processor and a Better Battery
According to Apple, the A10 Fusion is the company’s best and most powerful processor to this date. It’s a 64-bit, quad-core processor that is 40% faster than the A9 found in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and 120% faster than the very first iPhone. The A10 Fusion consists of two high-performance cores and two high-efficiency, power-saving ones. For example, if you want to check your email, the latter two will do that job and help save your battery’s life.
The iPhone 7 comes with 2GB of RAM, while the iPhone 7 Plus offers 3GB. As for the storage options, you can choose between 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, but bear in mind that you can purchase the Jet Black version only with 128GB or 256GB. Both phones will run on iOS 10, once it comes out on the 13th of September.
As for the battery, the Cupertino giant claims that you’ll be able to use your new iPhone 7 for two hours longer than the iPhone 6s, and the 7 Plus for an hour more than the iPhone 6s Plus. Thanks to the high-efficiency cores, this really might be possible.
An Upgraded Camera for the iPhone 7, Dual-cameras for the 7 Plus
When it comes to the iPhone 7 camera, we should mention that it features an updated 12-megapixel camera with OIS and an f/1.8 six-element lens. The camera sensor is 60% faster than the one found in previous iPhones, and 30% more efficient. However, a much bigger change can be noticed on the iPhone 7 Plus, which now offers dual-cameras on its back, similar what you can find on, for example, LG G5. It’s the very first iPhone to boast such a feature and it will surely make a difference when you’re taking photos. The first is a wide-angle camera, while the second one a telephoto, and both have 12-megapixel sensors. If you want to get a shallow depth-of-field effect, you can rely on this camera to combine these two perspectives. Both phones offer a quad-LED flash to help you take photos in low light and the front camera has been bumped up to 7 megapixels.
Both phones will become available on the 16th of September.
Say Hello to the Water-resistant Apple Watch Series 2
Fans of the Apple Watch will be glad to hear that the new and improved generation of the company’s smartwatch is here, this time waterproof (up to 50 metres and with no time limit) and with an integrated GPS. This means that you don’t have to take your iPhone with you if you want to go for a walk or a run.
Other than that, you should know that the processor consists of dual cores, the GPU is twice as powerful than the one found in the first Apple Watch, and the display of the watch is twice as bright as that of its predecessor. The watch will run on the Watch OS 3, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. The smartwatch will launch in a number of colours and styles, both stainless steel and aluminium finishes, plus a new addition: ceramic. There’s also a special edition for all the runners out there: the Apple Watch Nike+.
The Apple Watch Series 2 will also become available on the 16th of September. In case you missed the Keynote, you can take a look at the video that sums it all up.