Last night, at San Francisco Apple, has released next generation of iPhone- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
At the event, the company has revealed an upgraded iPhone, with similarly built design to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but several differences, including a pressure-sensitive home button, better camera, a faster processor and improved battery life, and no more headphone jack.
It comes with 5 colors including new “jet black” and “matte black” and a base size of 32 GB. The new shiny “jet black” finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models
What’s new in iPhone 7 and 7s?
New iPhone includes and upgraded the camera, force touch-enabled home button and the biggest change, no more 3.5mm headphone jack.
Instead of tradition headphone jack, new devices will pack earphones that fit in the phone’s Lightning port, with is used for charging and data transfer.
Bigger Plus model include even-more poweful “dual-lens” camera
No more headphone jack
With the omission of the traditional headphone jack, lightning EarPods will be primary earphone. Along with lightning EarPods, the company launches wireless Apple AirPods, powered by W1 chip. Infrared sensors detect when each pod is in your ear and motion sensors control the headphones to use Siri and detect your voice.
The AirPods provide five hours of listening which, with the compact charging case, delivers 24 hours of total battery life.
The pods can connect to Apple watches, laptops, and iPads.
Based on the new Apple-powered W1 chip, Beats have also released two versions of wireless headphones for the iPhone 7 models.
The iPhone 7 will also come with stereo speakers for the first time, with speakers now placed at the top and bottom of the device.
The camera has been upgraded to enhance low-light capabilities and take even sharper photos.
The smaller 4.7-inch device has a f/1.8 lens that lets 50 per cent lighter onto the lens, a new 12MP sensor that’s 60 percent faster and 30 percent more energy efficient.
A 5.5-inch version of the handset has a dual-lens camera. This allows a huge increase in quality when zooming in on a photo, a problem that has plagued Apple for years.
The iPhone 7 Plus has two 12MP cameras, one of which is a wide angle lens and the other a telephoto lens that can zoom 2X in high quality without using any software. The telephoto lens means the camera can zoom to 10X with optical and soft zoom.
Cameras on both models will also have 12-megapixel sensors as well as 4K video recording capability. It also enables live editing of video files and with wide colour capture.
It also has image stabilisation and a new camera flash to improve photos shot in low-light. Apple has also doubled the number of LEDs to four – two cool, two warm – in order to create a more effective flash.
That gives 50 percent more light. It also has a flicker sensor that makes the flash look like natural light.
The front camera has also been upgraded to 7MP from 5MP for FaceTime and selfies.
The new models are available in five different colors including two new shades of black.
A matte “black” and a glossy black will join silver, gold and rose gold in the colour options for the iPhone. The new shiny “jet black” finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models.
The new handset looks very similar to the current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but with the antenna, bands moved from the back of the device to the edges.
The models will have the longest battery life ever in an iPhone. An iPhone 7 lasts, on average, two hours longer than an iPhone 6s and an hour longer than iPhone 6s Plus.
The battery on the iPhone 7 lasts 14 hours when using WiFi and 12 on 4G. The iPhone 7 Plus meanwhile lasts 15 hours on WiFi and 15 on 4G.
The new iPhone are also water-resistant with an IPX67 rating which means the hardware can withstand immersion in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.
Apple’s high standards for waterproofing have impacted the supply chain and lowered total production of iPhone 7
The home button has been given a vibration-based haptic feedback system so it now vibrates when touched to give users feedback. The feature is already in use on the firm’s MacBook laptops.
When will it be released?
Reports have suggested that supply could be limited at launch, with the Nikkei Asian Review claiming that problems with faulty components could lead to the phone being sold out.
How much will it cost?
The prices are as follows:
The iPhone 7:
- $649 for 32GB
- $749 for 128GB
- $849 for 256GB
The iPhone 7 Plus:
- $769 for 32GB
- $869 for 128GB
- $969for 256GB