Apple Unveils iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
As you have probably heard, Apple just unveiled their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. There have been rumours surrounding the launch for months, so the unveiling has been a “moment of truth” of sorts, allowing people to compare what they’ve heard through word-of-mouth to the actual product specs. The good news, though, is that I don’t think many Apple enthusiasts will be disappointed by the launch, as many of the rumoured features ended up on the finished product. Stay tuned to find out which features made the cut!
Overall, the iPhone 7 does not look much different than the iPhone 6s. There were no radical changes in shape, size, or colour. However, a variation on the traditional black colouring was introduced. It’s called “Jet Black”, and it’s basically just an incredibly shiny, almost glassy black colour. It looks very modern, and it’s clear that people are excited about this option. Of course, there’s still the regular “black” model, as well as the standard gold, silver, and rose gold options.
The iPhone 7’s camera is one of the features that has been talked about for a while now. In particular, there were rumours of a dual back camera floating around the tech world. And good ol’ Apple didn’t disappoint – a dual back camera is exactly what they delivered. The phone has two 12-megapixel cameras on the back, which allows for both wide angle and telephoto capture. When working together, the two cameras can act almost like our eyes, gathering data and creating a depth map of the subject. This tells the camera to automatically apply a blur to the background, giving users the look of a shallow depth of field that’s usually only attainable with a more expensive camera.
The front-facing camera won’t be quite as innovative, which is understandable. But at least your selfies will be high-res, as the front camera comes complete with a 7-megapixel front camera, which surpasses the 5-megapixel camera on the iPhone 6s. The front-facing camera also it comes complete with a 1.8 aperture lens, 12-megapixel sensor, and quad-LED flash.
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Apple has officially gotten rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, and it’s causing quite the stir. Users now have two options. The first option is to connect their EarPods via the Lightning port on the phone. These headphones are basically the same as the originals, but with a different style of input. They will be included with the phone, along with an adapter for those of us who are still living in the Stone Age (a.k.a. the people still using the standard 3.5mm headphone jack on our devices).
The second option for users is to purchase Apple “AirPods”, which are entirely wireless headphones. This is something new in the realm of smartphone audio, so it’s not only novel, but it also means no more tangled headphone cords! These AirPods will use sensors to detect when they’re in your ears, and stop playing any time they sense that they have been removed. They can last 5 hours before needing a charge, which honestly isn’t fantastic, but I’m sure they’re already working on it.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have the best battery life of any previous iPhones, and this is great news. Users should expect to get about two hours of increased battery life from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone 7, and about an hour of increased battery life from the iPhone 6s Plus to the iPhone 7 Plus.
The Home Button on the front of the iPhone will now rely on Apple’s taptic engine, just like the newer Mac trackpads. This means that the button won’t actually click down, but will instead just feel like it is moving. This small change is estimated to decrease mechanical issues and the need for repairs in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus because it’s one less moving part that can get stuck or broken.
The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be be water and dust resistant, which again, will hopefully keep necessary repair and replacement numbers down. Because the new models meet the IP67 protection standard, they can be briefly dropped into a pool, a lake, or even a toilet, and emerge unharmed. Incredible, right? I think this should be an industry standard, to be honest, because accidents happen, and they shouldn’t cost you $600+.
Speaking of dollars and cents, the iPhone 7 starts at $649, and the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769. You can get your hands on one very soon, too – pre-orders start this Friday, and store availability starts on September 16. Apple’s AirPods, also known as the easiest-to-lose headphones ever created, are priced at $159, and will be released this October.
Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor
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