Following months of rumours, Apple has finally confirmed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus is indeed real, and like the many rumours, will come with a dual camera set up, and will be the first iPhone without a headphone jack. The device is set to launch on September 16 with pre-orders opening September 9.
The new iPhone 7 will feature a similar design to the iPhone 6S, with its rounded aluminium body. What’s most exciting about the new device is that Apple has finally caught onto the water resistance trend, meaning you can get your iPhone wet (preferably accidentally) without shitting a brick.
The new device will also finally come with an actual dark colour, simply called Jet Black. This new black design will also be a much more glossy, mirrored design. The design itself now also incorporates the dual-camera set up, meaning that the aluminium casing wraps up to the camera and there’s no longer a gaudy lens sticking out from the device.
Apple has also redesigned the home button on the new device making it Force sensitive, like Force Touch trackpads used in MacBooks. There’s also a Taptic Engine in the new handset, bringing haptic feedback from the Apple Watch, which provides different feedback for various different alerts.
What about the camera? Well, this new dual camera setup will allow for “true 2x optical zoom” without loss of image quality. There’s also optical image stabilisation and a brighter f/1.8 lens that’ll let in even more light, even in low-light situations. The 12 megapixel sensor, which has the same resolution as the 6S, will be over twice the speed and 30 per cent more efficient. There’s also a new image processing chip with a new processing engine that’ll leverage machine learning and has “supercomputer performance”.
“This is the best camera ever made in any smartphone,” said Phil Shiller.
The front facing camera has also received a bunch of improvements with a new 7 megapixel sensor for better image and video taking.
As for the display, the Retina HD screen found on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be 25 percent brighter, offer a wide color gamut, as well as colour management, and of course, 3D Touch.
Now, audio is set to be a big thing with the iPhone 7. The new iPhone will come with stereo speakers, meaning you’ll get much better sound from your iPhone’s small speakers. Much like the HTC One, there’ll be one at the top, and another at the bottom.
The new device will also come with Apple’s Ear Pods, but what about that lack of headphone jack? Well, in comes Lightning. The new Ear Pods will connect directly to the Lightning connector offering much better audio, better controls, and more using this feature.
So what about those with “old, analog connected” headphones? Well there’s an adaptor coming in the box of every iPhone 7 allowing you to connect your 3.5mm headphones to your iPhone 7 through the Lightning connector. This does however mean you’ll need to decide between charging your device or listening to music using this adaptor.
Schiller went into detail as to why they removed the jack saying:
“The reason to move on: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us, the courage to move on.
“First, we’ve shown that we can use Lightning to connect our headphones. Second, our smartphones are packed with technologies and we all want more. It’s all fighting for space in that enclosure. Maintaining an ancient analogue single use connector isn’t a great use of space. Third, we have a vision for how audio should work on mobile devices. Wireless.”
The new device will have a much better battery than its predecessor, according to Apple, in fact, the company claims that the new iPhone’s will feature the best battery ever in an iPhone. A pretty bold claim considering the power found in the new A10 Fusion processor that is said to be 40 percent faster than last year’s chip.
So, how much will it cost, and when is it available? You’ll be able to pre-order the new iPhones on September 9, with a launch due on September 16. The iPhone 7 will begin at $649 with GB storage, other storage options will be 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The iPhone 7 Plus will start at $729 with 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB options.