After more than a year of speculation, the iPhone 7 is here. It was the focal point of today’s Apple event in San Francisco and, depending on what exactly you were expecting, it didn’t disappoint. In the few places where Apple does makes some changes, it makes them count. The new 7 and 7 Plus are the most advanced iPhone ever, obviously, and they pack a lot of new features. The 7 also marks the first time an iPhone has been water and dust resistant. A great news for us all is that it boasts drastically improved battery life over its predecessors, letting us to take pics and talk with our friends for an extended time compared to now (two more hours from iPhone 6) and avoiding the dying battery panic.
The greatest advancement is the new camera system. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will employ a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture, for a much better low light photography, along with a 6-element lens for brighter, more detailed photos and videos (shooting in 4K at 30fps). The iPhone 7 Plus, however, improves things a little bit and adds a second 12-megapixel telephoto camera that, in conjunction with the first camera, offers twice the optical zoom and 10 times the digital zoom for photos. Later this year, those cameras on the Plus will be updated with a new depth-of-field effect that features Machine Learning to separate the background from the foreground for nearly DSLR-quality images.
Talking about the Audio specs, Apple couched the impending bad news by first talking about improved stereo speakers. Then came the Lightning-only EarPods. Goodbye, headphone jack! It is an odd choice from the Cupertino company, it looks interesting but what if I wanted to use my headphones on, say, not an iPhone 7? Luckily, Apple will be including an audio jack adaptor in every box for the iPhone 7, that will surely be forgot at home or simply lost. Also, the AirPods (available in late October, starting at $160) will NOT come in the box.
Inside the new iPhone there is a new custom-designed Apple A10 Fusion chip with four cores, which is not only twice as powerful as the iPhone 6′s, but also the most powerful chip to ever come packed in a smartphone. The chip powers everything from an updated graphics engine (three times faster than the iPhone 6 with half the power) and new top and bottom stereo speakers to the updated Retina HD display (featuring the likes of cinema-standard colours and better colour saturation), solid state Taptic Engine-powered Home button, and even FeliCa contactless technology Made in Japan.
Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in silver, gold, rose gold, and a new (wow) black finish in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB models starting at $649 USD - 799 EUR while the new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models. The phones will be available to pre-order this Friday, September 9, while an official release is slated for September 16, just a few short days after iOS 10 officially launches on September 13.
/ PROS /
- New, Dual camera with wide and tele options on 7 Plus
- More memory, from 16GB to 32GB at least
- Water resistant
- Better process
/ CONS /
- No headphone jack, it looks an innovative idea, but is it really necessary?
- No impressive upgrades
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