Apple has made iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus official. Here are its specs, price, release date info. In short, here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s 2016 iPhone range.
Sticking true to the lineup’s structure from the past two years, the Cupertino unveiled a pair of new smartphones labeled, as was speculated, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. We no longer need to talk about the possible features and inclusions of the device as we now have had our first official look at what Apple is planning on bringing to market with the 2016 iPhone.
The reveal was very much in line with what we had been expecting. As always, a slew of leaks, speculations, and recurring rumors starting from late last year, leading all the way up to today’s event kept any surprises we might have been presented with to a bare minimum.
Whether or not you’ve been keeping yourself up to date with said string of news, if you’re here, you must be eager to get a rundown of the latest from Apple. Let’s jump right into an overview of the two models announced today to see exactly what is being offered with the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
Specs / Features
Apple’s new tick-tick-tock release pattern means that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are mostly the same visually as the outgoing iPhone 6s flagship range. They may carry the same overall form factor and dimensions, but they will ship with a few notable changes. The antenna bands that once split up the rear shell of the chassis have now been redesigned to run along just the top and bottom edges of the phone.
The other visual change is the colors the new iPhones are being offered in. Apple has replaced the Space Black with two new options, Dark Black and Piano Black, taking total number of color choices up to five.
- Dark Black
- Piano Black
- Rose Gold
While the screen size and resolution remains the same as previous-generation iPhone, but with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has added True Tone display technology to the display of its new handsets following its debut on 9.7-inch iPad Pro earlier in the year. This new display technology makes rendering wide-color imagery possible, giving captured photographs more appealing and vivid look.
Improved 3D Touch
And of course, the display still packs the pressure sensitivity that makes 3D Touch functionality possible. But with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, upgraded pressure sensitivity sensors have been added to improve the overall 3D Touch experience.
A10 Processor / M10 Coprocessor
Out with the old, and in with the next-generation Apple A10 processor and accompanying M10 motion coprocessor. The new A10 promises to offer significant improvements over the old chip, with up to 90% faster performance and 70% faster graphical performance. When put alongside iOS 10, that should equate to some seriously notable improvements.
The camera experience is one of the differentiating factors between the two models, and one of the biggest upgrades to come to iPhone in a long, long time. It’s being touted as the highlight feature of the two new handsets.
-iPhone 7: The smaller iPhone 7 features a rear-facing 12-megapixel iSight shooter with a larger 1/2.6″ sensor, ƒ/1.9 aperture, and 1.3 µm pixels for improved low-light performance over the iPhone 6s, as well as OIS to counter shaky shots and clips. The iPhone 6s in comparison packed a 1/3″ sensor and a ƒ/2.2 aperture, with no OIS.
-iPhone 7 Plus: For those that want a little more from their smartphone’s camera, the larger iPhone 7 Plus features a iSight Duo dual-lens system that offers the most impressive camera performance and range of capabilities on any iPhone, or probably any smartphone, to date. Each of the two lens pack 12MP unit, with 1/3″ sensor, and a ƒ/1.9 aperture. This dual-lens sensor on the iPhone 7 Plus also includes optical zoom capability, again a first for an iPhone!
In addition to this, there’s an improved and upgraded flash on the back as well packing four LEDs to make taking photos possible in complete dark.
As far as front cameras go though, both phones are packing same 5MP sensors found on iPhone 6s range.
Capacitive Touch ID/Home Button
This is the first time in iPhone’s history since 2007 that an iPhone isn’t featuring a mechanical Home button. Apple has opted for a capacitive Touch ID/Home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with haptic feedback that according to Apple provides…
Improved Proximity Sensor
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also feature improved proximity sensor that is capable of detecting hand gestures and working in very low light environments.
This one has been a long time coming for the iPhone, and certainly something that users have been crying out for. The overall design and display may be the same as the outgoing devices, but there’s now an official IPX7 waterproof rating that goes along with the device. This makes it possible to use iPhone 1 meter underwater for at least up to 30 minutes long.
No 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Apple has removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the bottom of the phone and replaced it with a secondary speaker grille. You can now use Bluetooth for headphone connectivity, or the included new Lightning-enabled EarPods, or the included Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter to connect your regular old headphones to the new iPhone via Lightning port.
Dual Stereo Speakers
The removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack means that there is now room for Apple to integrate an additional speaker for an enhanced audio experience. The iPhone 7 range will be the first iPhone models to actually ship with a dual-speaker audio experience.
The existence of a Smart Connector on the iPhone 7 range has been one of the contentious debating points over the last few months. Apple has ultimately decided to go with the inclusion of the Smart Connector, but it’s classed as a differentiating feature and is only included with the larger iPhone 7 Plus model.
Apple has opted for a slight increase in battery capacity for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This should help provide a longer period of operating from a single charge over predecessors.
With iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has finally killed the 16GB base model and replaced it with 32GB as base model while keeping it at the same price. In addition to this, 64GB has been axed in favor of 128GB as mid-tier option while a new 256GB option has been added as top-tier model.
The two new iPhone models will ship with a set of new Lightning-enabled EarPods in the box in light of the 3.5mm headphone jack having been axed. Apple has also included a Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone adapter in the box for convenience.
In addition to this, Apple has also announced AirPods which are basically Apple’s new earbuds packing Bluetooth connectivity, and they are truly wireless.
Apple is also offering an updated line of leather and silicon cases to complement the two new devices.
- 32 GB — $199 (on contract) or $649 (unlocked)
- 128 GB — $299 (on contract) or $749 (unlocked)
- 256 GB — $399 (on contract) or $849 (unlocked)
iPhone 7 Plus
- 32 GB — $299 (on contract) or $749 (unlocked)
- 128 GB — $399 (on contract) or $849 (unlocked)
- 256 GB — $499 (on contract) or $$949 (unlocked)
Apple has confirmed that pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will begin later today, with shipping starting one week later on September 16th, 2016.
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