Apple has lifted the lid on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, teaming improved cameras with longer battery-life and water-resistance.
The iPhone 7 features a crisper, 4.7-inch Retina HD screen that’s 25% brighter than the iPhone 6s. Its larger running mate, the iPhone 7 Plus, is equipped with a 5.5-inch screen.
Both phones are available in jet black, black, gold, silver and rose gold and are fashioned from the same aluminium build as the iPhone 6s.
Barring a few changes, the handsets stick closely to the look and feel of last year’s model. Instead of a physical, clickable home button, Apple has embedded the home button within the screen and equipped it with haptic feedback that acknowledges presses with a small vibration. The antenna bands that were visible on the back of the iPhone 6s have also been removed.
Perhaps most controversially, Apple has ditched the standard 3.5mm headphone slot that has been a fixture of electronic gadgets for decades. Instead users connect their headphones via the Lightning Connector that was previously reserved for charging and data transfers.
As a sop to people with costly headphones and those who don’t want to use the Lightning Connector headphones included with the iPhone 7, Apple is also bundling an adaptor with the handset for free. Or you can shell out for Apple’s new wireless AirPods headphones, which we’ll be covering elsewhere.
Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the iPhone 7 is dust-proof and water-resistant too. With an IP67 rating, it can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes and come out right as rain.
After complaints that the iPhone 6s’s camera didn’t live up to expectations in low light conditions, the iPhone 7’s 12-megapixel camera has been fitted with four LED flash lights and a larger sensor that lets in more light. It’s also got optical image stabilisation to minimise blurrycam. And around the front there’s a seven-megapixel camera for selfies.
The iPhone 7 Plus has all the above, but differs from the standard iPhone 7 by including a dual lens camera that provides a professional quality, powerful zoom feature and enables you to take bokeh snaps that let you experiment with focus and depth of field. The bokeh feature, however, won’t be there from the get-go, but will arrive on the Plus with a software update later this year.
In a sign that consumers are filling up their phones faster than ever with apps, photos and 4K videos, the entry-level iPhone 7 comes with 32GB of storage.
That’s double the storage of last year’s lowest-capacity 16GB model, with other storage options of 128GB and, for heavy users, a whopping 256GB.
Other features of the iPhone 7 include an A10 Fusion quad-core processor that’s reputedly 120 times faster than the original iPhone and that Apple claims is the most powerful processor ever in a smartphone, as well as stereo speakers that deliver twice the volume of the iPhone 6s.
And rounding off the handset is a bigger battery that’s purported to be the longest-lasting ever on an iPhone and the latest iOS 10 version of Apple’s smartphone software.