Apple has removed the wraps from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and highlighted 10 new features to introduce the devices.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus feature a new design…kind of. The overall look is near identical to the 6s line. The only noticeable differences is the antennae bands have been moved and the camera is cut out from the same unibody piece of aluminum. Oh, and the headphone jack is gone, but we’ll get to that later.
The other design news is the new color options. There is no Space Gray iPhone 7 or 7 Plus option. It has been replaced by two new color options, a matte and a glossy black finish Apple labeled Black and Jet Black respectively.
2. Home Button
A redesigned Home button will sit in its familiar location on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The button will no longer physically click. Instead, the new Home button is solid state, pressure sensitive and will feature Taptic feedback.
3. Water and Dust Resistant
Finally, Apple mentioned water resistance on stage. While iPhones have continued to become more water resistant over the years, Apple has never made note of that fact during a keynote. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are IP67 certified.
It’s no surprise the cameras on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were upgraded, but the massive improvements were a bit of a shock. The iPhone 7 features a 12MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture which Apple claims takes in 50 percent more light than the 6s. However, the big news was all about the iPhone 7 Plus.
The iPhone 7 Plus features a dual lens setup. Alongside the 12MP wide angle lens is a second 12MP telephoto lens. This dual setup allows for more zoom and the creation of shallow depth of field by meshing together images taken from both cameras. However, this depth of field feature will not be available at launch, although Apple promised it was coming in a software update later this year.
The display on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is 25% brighter than last year’s models with a wider color gamut. The resolution for both will stay the same.
6. Stereo Speakers
Finally, an iPhone will feature stereo speakers. I personally listen to podcasts and other spoken word audio directly from my iPhone’s speaker on a regular basis, so this news is really exciting. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have one on the bottom, one at the top and the result is twice the volume as before.
7. Lightning EarPods
As was heavily rumored, Apple ditched the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The new models will come equipped with Lighting EarPods.
Apple also made a point to push the fact we’re headed towards a wireless future. Naturally, a wireless version of Apple’s EarPods, dubbed AirPods, will be released in October. Although these probably aren’t for me, the technology inside is impressive. They feature a new chip which allows the AirPods to connect to Apple devices without the hassle of Bluetooth pairing.
9. Apple Pay
Apple Pay is headed to Japan. Other than that, Apple highlighted the continued growth and success of their mobile payment service.
Specs are still important to note, although most people would probably say their iPhone is fast enough at this point. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus feature the new A10 Fusion chip, which is a 64-bit quad core chip Apple claims is 40 percent faster than the A9.