Apple has finally unveiled its long-awaited iPhone 7, and almost all of the rumours and leaks ahead of the launch have turned out to be true.
The new device is indeed waterproof, and the larger model comes with an impressive dual-lens camera capable of of all kinds of photographic wizardry.
Controversially, Apple has removed the headphone socket from the bottom of the device, meaning you may have to rethink your headphone choices.Apple has also ditched the 16GB and 64GB models, and introduced a new 256GB model which has the same amount of storage as Apple’s top-of-the-range iPad Pro.
Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s new iPhone 7 :
Hottest facts :
- Dust and water resistance
- Two new black colors: ‘Jet Black’ and ‘Black’
- No headphone jack
- A larger, single-lens 12MP rear sensor
- Raw support, 50% more light, 60% faster, 30% more power efficient
- Front camera now at 7MP
- Longest-lasting iPhone ever
- 7-inch, 1334×750 resolution
- Four-core, 64-bit A10 Fusion processor
- IPhone 7 design :
The iPhone 7 is just as sleek as its predecessors, with the iconic rounded design returning for a third instalment with the same 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm frame as the iPhone 6S. It’s lighter though at 138g, down from 143g on the 6S.One of the big new talking points is its water and dust resistance, with IP67 protection bringing the new iPhone into line with the Samsung Galaxy S7 – and giving you peace of mind when you’re in the bath or out in the rain
- Release date and Pricing :
Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at an event in San Francisco on September 7.Customers in the UK will be able to pre-order the new phones from Friday, September 9, and the new devices will be available in shops from Friday, September 16.In the UK, the iPhone 7 will be available from a starting price of £599 for the cheapest 32GB option. The 128GB version costs £699 and the 256GB version will set you back a whopping £799.The larger iPhone 7 Plus will be even more of a wallet buster than it’s smaller sibling.The cheapest (32GB) iPhone 7 Plus costs £719, followed by a 128GB model at £819, and then a 256GB variant costing an astonishing £919 in the UK
- Key Features :
No more headphone socket.Perhaps the most controversial thing about the new iPhone is that it doesn’t have a headphone socket.The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will ship with a pair of wired headphones that plug into the charging port on the bottom of the device, as well as an adaptor for people who want to hang onto their old headphones.
- Camera :
Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have upgraded cameras.The iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel wide angle camera, which Apple claims is 60% faster and 30% more energy-efficient than previous models, and has 4 LEDS in the flash.The iPhone 7 Plus has an additional telephoto camera, which together with the standard 12-megapixel wide angle camera offers optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos.
- Water-resistant :
Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have an IP67 rating, which means they are totally protected against dust and can be immersed in water to a depth of 1 metre.That means it will survive a dip in the sink or down the loo, and it won’t break if you pour a drink over it, but you probably don’t want to take it swimming.Smartphone rivals like Samsung already make waterproof phones – and this is a big selling point for people prone to clumsiness.Apple has improved the water-resistance of its devices in recent years, but this is the first time it has released a waterproof phone.
- Battery :
Apple says the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have the best battery life of any iPhone – and so they should. It reckons those upgrading from the iPhone 6S can expect, on average, an additional two hours from each charge.Apple also quotes 40 hours of wireless audio playback and 13 hours of wireless audio.
- Home button :
It may not look like it, but Apple has redesigned its home button, making it more powerful than ever. It features the same pressure sensitive technology as the touchpad on the new MacBooks, as well as delivering taptic feedback.
- OS and Power :
The iPhone 7 has been groomed to launch alongside iOS 10, and it’s a tremendous feature upgrade over iOS 9.3. It introduces a much smarter Siri that can command third-party apps, new Messaging functionality and a convenient Raise to Wake way of lighting up the phone.The big leap is from just a dual-core processor in the iPhone 6S, with Apple saying the iPhone 7 is 40% faster than its predecessor, and twice as fast as the iPhone 6.