Apple Unveils New iPhone7 With Dual Cameras and AirPods Wireless headphones

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Apple just released the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on 7 September. The newest version of the hugely popular iPhone come with new and improved features including a 7Mp front-facing camera and faster 12MP f/1.8 rear facing camera, dust proofing, IP67 waterproofing, and new colour finishes – a choice of either Matt (Black) or Jet Black among other features.

Read our full summary of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus features below.

Storage Changes

Both the iPhone 7 and its cousin the 7 Plus come with increased storage capacity. The storage capacities for the phones have been demarcated by colour, with the new iPhones coming in either Jet Black, Black, Rose Gold, gold, or silver. With either of the options, you can get either 32GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage except for the Jet Black, which only comes in either 128GB or 256GB storage options.

Design

The iPhone 7 has some striking similarities in design to the iPhone 6 and 6s that preceded it with subtle differences. The new iPhone redesigns the antenna to fit inside the phone giving the phone a less cluttered and smoother design. The iPhone also comes in five color options: the previously available Rose gold, gold, and silver. The beloved space gray has been done away with to be replaced with matt black and a glossy Jet Black. You will have to fork out more for the Jet Black as compared to the other color options due to its higher storage capacity.

Home Button

As widely expected, the home button has had a massive design change which now makes it static rather than force sensitive. This means that pressing the Home button will no longer click downwards/inwards but will produce a little vibration and the illusion of a click downwards.

This is similar to the Force Touch trackpads on Apple’s latest MacBook models that can bring up different secondary functions for multiple degrees of pressure. As such, the Home Component is likely to last longer as it is a static rather than a moving part that undergoes wear and tear. Nonetheless, the Home Component draws a tiny amount of power from your battery, and this may add up over time.

Water Resistant

Apple has always resisted the tag waterproof preferring to go for water resistant. However, the iPhone 7 scores a respectable IP67 rating. The first digit of the rating (1-6) refers to the device’s capacity to resist solid intrusion while the second number (1-8) refers to its ability to resist liquid intrusion. The iPhone scores an IP67 meaning that it is just one rung below a top rating when it comes to keeping out liquid intrusion. It scores a perfect score when it comes to keeping out solids or dust.

Camera

The iPhone7 comes with at 12 megapixels and an f/1.8 sensor (up from f/2.2 for the iPhone 6 and 6s) and the Plus model has more advanced dual cameras – 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, allowing for 2x optical zoom, and bokeh effect images by using both lenses in conjunction, however this won’t come until later in the year via a software update.

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The front facing camera has 5 megapixels up from 7 megapixels on the iPhone 6. Apple asserts that the new camera specs make the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus 60% faster than the 6s and 30% more energy efficient, in addition to producing better quality photos in low light.

Moreover, the iPhone 7 now comes with optical image stabilization as standard in all the models, as opposed to the past when only the iPhone 6s Plus had the feature. It also now supports 4K video recording at 30 fps.

Better Display and Stereo Speakers

The pixel density, resolution, and screen size remain the same though Apple asserts that the screen is 25% brighter as compared to the iPhone 6 as the new smartphone now has better color management and color gamut.

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The iPhone 7s headphone speaker has now been upgraded and had its power increased to make it similar to that at the bottom of the phone. As such, you can now listen to music in stereo with the phone in landscape orientation when you are not on the phone. Moreover, with two speakers, you get twice the dynamic range and volume.

Earpods

The most controversial spec of the new iPhone 7 is the removal of the headphone port. The new iPhone comes with a pair of EarPods to replace the headphones. Connected via Lightning that comes with a Lightning-to-mini phono adaptor, any of your headphones with a 3.5 mm jack are compatible with the iPhone 7. The good news is that Apple will not be charging extra for the adaptor as one is included in every iPhone 7 box.

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However, while the change has been a matter of controversy, Apple argues that Lightning is an efficient audio standard that is compatible with many accessories and has a large user base. Nonetheless, having to carry around an adaptor with your phone is irritating after being used to standard headphones.

Wireless Airpods

Apple also released a new version of wireless headphones that the company expects to officially launch in October. The new headphones known as AirPods are a separate unit of wireless headphones for each ear that you can use as a Siri mic or just listen to music through.

They are technologically advanced in that they make use of infrared sensors so that they only produce an audio output when they are inserted in the ear. Moreover, you can connect to any Apple device with these AirPods with just one tap.

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Performance

The iPhone 7 comes with the A10 Fusion processor (with 3.3 billion transistors) – the first time the 64-bit quad-core processor has been installed on an iPhone. According to Apple, this is the most powerful chip ever mounted in a smartphone. It comes with unusually high-energy efficiency given the high optimization that Apple devices usually have between hardware and software, and the fact that the chip is made to use only a fifth of the power of similar chips. Besides, Apple claims that the A10 chip is 40% faster than the A9 chip used in the iPhone 6. The capacity also gives the iPhone 7 better graphics as the company says; the chip is 240 times faster than that used in the original iPhone.

Battery

With one of the strongest gripes about the iPhone being short battery life, Apple claims that the iPhone7 and iPhone 7 Plus will have the best battery performance of any iPhone ever made is welcome news. As such, any users upgrading from the iPhone 6 could experience up to two hours more of battery life per charge. You will also get 13 hours of wireless audio, and 40 hours of wireless audio playback.

Price and Release

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available from September 16th, and will cost:

iPhone 7

  • 32GB – £599
  • 128GB – £699
  • 256GB – £799

iPhone 7 Plus

  • 32GB – £719
  • 128GB – £819
  • 256GB – £919
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