After all of the usual fevered speculation the iPhone 7 was finally launched by Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday at an event in San Francisco.
There will be two models, the iPhone 7 and bigger iPhone 7 Plus. Two new colours are being introduced – black and a darker jet black finish, plus the previous silver, gold and rose gold options.
Apple have re-engineered the camera to include optical image stabilisation and a six element lens to improve photos and video in low light conditions.
The camera is updated to 12 MP and 7 MP for the front camera. There is also new true tone flash technology for both phones with two extra LEDs.
For just the iPhone 7 Plus, there is a dual camera, which allows for a 2 x optical zoom and a 10 x digital zoom for photos and 6 x for videos.
The new retina display is 25 per cent brighter with 1334 by 750 pixels for iPhone 7 and 1920 by 1080 pixels for the 7 Plus. The display is optimised for 3D touch to give even greater control with your fingertips.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the most hardy iPhones Apple has ever made. They now have IP67 dust and water resistance, which means they can be immersed in up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes.
The new iPhone has an A10 chip, which makes it twice as fast as the iPhone 6. Battery life is better and the longest for any iPhone.
One of the most controversial predicted features has come to pass and neither iPhone model will have a headphone jack. This means that you will have a choice of using the adapter (included in the box) to plug a traditional headphone jack into the lightning charging port or you can purchase Apple’s new Airpod headphones.
The Airpod could be a good, no fuss option to connect wirelessly with the phone over bluetooth or buyers can keep their existing headphones, bearing in mind you won’t be able to charge and listen to music at the same time.
A great improvement comes for the first time with stereo speakers for iPhone 7. They are twice as loud as the iPhone 6S and offer a better sound.
For the iPhone 7, Apple has got rid of the 16GB entry level of storage – this was overdue, as the demands of the modern smartphone user mean this was too small for most.
The new three tiers of iPhone storage will be 64GB, 128GB and 256GB with plans priced accordingly.
The iPhone 7 is a great refresh to the series with valuable improvements in the camera, the added stereo sound and more powerful performance, display and battery life.
The biggest change for many might be the removal of the headphone jack, but the Airpod headphones look like a sleek new accessory for Apple fans. The new dual camera on iPhone 7 Plus will attract keen mobile photographers.
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