Apple has officially launched the two awaited smartphones, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, both of which were quite known already thanks to a few leaks, but Apple doesn’t fail to surprise with a few unique things that were not known when the leaks happened in the wild.
“The most advanced mobile operating system deserves the most advanced smartphone.”, says Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc. while announcing the new phones.
The Apple iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus are two similar devices to the predecessors when it comes to screen sizes, but that is the only thing we can see them resembling, as almost everything else is upgraded and Apple has decided to make big changes this time. Also, while the iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch HD display, the iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch Hd display.
Jet Black finish with a high gloss and a stainless steel Apple logo on the back. There’s a “Black” with plastic Aluminum. There’s a Gold, a Silver, and a Rose Gold variant. Water resistance is one of the big announcements, which no iPhone till date had. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are water and dust resistant devices with the IPX7 certification.
The display on the iPhone 7 is 25 percent brighter, has a wide color gamut, color management, and 3D Touch.
The camera on the back of the iPhone 7 is a new 12MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization, and the new sensor is said to be 60% faster and 30% more battery efficient. It is a large F/1.8 aperture that allows 50% more light and a new TrueTone flash with four LED lights.
A new image processor is also seen on the new iPhone, which will use machine learning to read the screen and set focus, exposure, and color. iOS 10 supports RAW and wide color in other apps, and now, Live Photos can be edited by the users. The front-facing camera on the iPhone 7 is a 7-megapixel one with Auto image stabilization.
iPhone 7 Plus camera – This is what defines something new from Apple. It is a dual-rear camera module on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus. One is a telephoto lens and the other one is a wide-angle lens. Telephoto will do the zooming part, and the wide-angle as the name suggests, will give a wider range of capture.
The real zoom by the hardware, i.e. the telephoto lens is up to 2x, but Apple says that the software works well to take the zoom to up to 10x.
Audio – Apple has made the hardware for audio better with the inclusion of the stereo speakers. There are two speakers on the front, one on the top and other at the bottom. There’s increased dynamic range and the sound produced will be twice as much as on the iPhone 6s.
After numerous leaks, it is finally official that there is no headphone jack on the Apple iPhone 7. “We’re taking the headphones in iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to Lightning.”. For someone who wants to still use their current headphones, a dongle is provided for free in the box, to convert from Lightning to the 3.5mm jack.
Apple AirPods – These are truly wireless earbuds from Apple. They come with the new Apple W1 chip that handles audio and wireless connection and there are infrared sensors that detect when the earphones are in your ears. Motion accelerometers detect touch to activate Siri. “Voice accelerometers” enhance your voice. The battery life is said to be about five hours. There’s a battery case that will offer a combined life of about 24 hours of listening.
It is the Apple A10 Fusion chipset powering both the phones and it is a quad-core 64-bit chipset, and it is said to be having 40% faster processing than A9 and about 2x faster than A8.
Also, it is the iOS 10 that will be running in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The new OS version has a lot of new features and improvements, including a redesigned Apple Music app, a redesigned Control Center, and a lot other features that were announced at the WWDC 2016 event.
Apple doesn’t talk about the battery capacity any time, and it is only through some teardowns that we get to know about it later. According to Apple, though, the battery on both the new phones is better than what was on the predecessors. It is said that the battery on the iPhone 7 will last two hours more on average when compared to the iPhone 6s.
iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Price and Availability
The new iPhones will be available for pre-order from today itself and they will start shipping and be available at stores from September 16th.
Pricing starts from $649 for iPhone 7 (32GB) and $769 for the iPhone 7 Plus (32GB). Check out the iPhone 7 pricing details.