Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Apple on Wednesday unveiled the latest entry in its flagship smartphone series, the iPhone 7.
The new handset, along with the larger iPhone 7 Plus, will be available for pre-order on September 9, and will arrive on September 16.
It'll start at $649 outright, or $27 per month on carrier installment plans.
Apple first confirmed the device's existence through its Twitter account, before deleting the tweets shortly afterwards.
Here's what you can expect:
- The iPhone 7's design isn't dramatically different from that of its predecessor, with an aluminum body and rounded edges.
- It'll come in five colors, including a new glossy "Jet Black" finish and a lighter black shade, alongside the usual gold, silver, and rose gold.
- The phone's antennas are now embedded further into the device, making them less noticeable.
- It'll run on a new four-core "A10 Fusion" chip. Apple claims this will result in 40% faster overall performance, and 50% faster graphics performance, than the previous A9 chip. Per usual, take those benchmarks with a grain of salt.
- Apple also claims the iPhone 7 will last two more hours "on average" than the 6s. (The iPhone 7 Plus, meanwhile, are said to last one more hour than its predecessor.)
- It'll will be available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants. Yes, that means the 16GB model is gone. (Though there's still no microSD support.) The "Jet Black" model will only be available in 128GB and 256GB, though, meaning that it'll start at $749.
- It'll support LTE Advanced connections, with speeds up to 450 Mbps.
- Apple says the Home button has been redesigned to be "force sensitive," capable of using haptic feedback in a manner similar to the trackpad on the latest MacBook.
- The device is IP67-rated to be dust- and water-resistant, so you should be able to worry a little less about accidental spills.
- Its 4.7-inch display is said to be 25% brighter, and use a wide color gamut. Its size and resolution (1344 x 750 pixels) are unchanged.
- The phone uses two stereo speakers — one at the bottom, one at the top. Apple claims this'll allow it to put out twice the volume as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus' speakers.
- As has been reported ad nausea, neither phone features a headphone jack.
You'll have to use an adapter, Lightning-based headphones, or Bluetooth
headphones instead. Apple will include a Lightning version of its
EarPods in the box, alongside a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter.
- The iPhone 7 will feature one rear, 12-megapixel camera. That differs from the iPhone 7 Plus, which uses a dual lens setup.
- Apple claims that camera's processing speed and color gamut have been improved, and that it'll use a f1.8 aperture lens to purportedly capture more light. Optical image stabilization is now standard, and Apple says its TrueTone flash will capture 50% more light as well. This should help the device take better photos in darker surroundings.
- The front of the device will feature a new, 7-megapixel selfie camera. Apple says that'll use auto image stabilization and capture a wider range of colors.
- Per usual, it'll run on the latest version of iOS, here called iOS 10.