So, Apple just made official the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. And, unsurprisingly, the new iOS devices are gorgeous. It comes with water resistance, a new A10 Fusion Chip and a base storage capacity of 32GB. Oh and minus the 3.5mm audio jack.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
I have never been excited about iPhones before, but the iPhone 7 is something else. The new model looks fresh and I’m happy Apple went with a design that (so far) does not look boring. Both iPhones look like a mix of something old and new. It has a rounded aluminum body with new features commonly found in today’s flagships like water resistance, improved optics and larger storage options.
The iPhone 7 Plus, in particular, looks like it’s poised to become a photographer’s (or an enthusiast’s) go-to back-up camera. The new imaging system looks legit. It comes with the oft-rumored dual camera system, equipped with two 12 megapixel camera complete with a six-element lens setup. According to Apple, this gives users a higher quality zoom and a new depth-of-field effect for better looking portrait shots. Not only that, but the new camera (for both models) has a brighter lens (f/1.8) and comes equipped with an optical image stabilizer.
Another interesting feature Apple has added are the stereo speakers. The iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus now has two times the audio output of the iPhone 6s and increased dynamic range. That means stereo sound when watching movies and videos, or when you just want to listen to music.
Courage means no 3.5mm Audio Jack
I’m sure everyone knows by now that Apple went on and became courageous, and removed the 3.5mm audio jack from their new iPhone. Earphones now have to connect via the lightning port. For those who want to use regular headphones, the retail package comes with a audio-jack-to-lightning adapter. I’m on the fence on this one, and I feel that this is not a good move. Apple has just invalidated an accepted and successful audio standard and went with its own Apple-only system. For now, I will limit my comments about the move simply because there isn’t too much information available to make any judgements.
The rest of the specs look to be what is expected from the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus in 2016. It finally comes with a bigger base storage of 32GB, with 128GB and 256GB options. It has an IP67 rating dust, splash and water resistance (an always welcome feature). And it has a myriad of connections options in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC.
If you want to know more about the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, you can check out the Apple’s keynote video here.
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus key specs:
- 4.7-inch Retina HD Display (1334 x 750; 326 ppi) for iPhone 7
- 5.5-inch Retina HD Display (1920 x 1080; 401 ppi) for iPhone 7 Plus
- 64-bit Apple A10 Fusion Chip with Embedded M10 Motion Coprocessor
- 32GB/128GB/256GB Storage Capacity
- iPhone 7 only
- 12MP Main Camera with f/1.8
- 5x Digital Zoom
- iPhone 7 Plus only
- 2x 12MP Wide-Angle and Telephoto Main Cameras
- f/1.8 for Wide-Angle and f/2.8 for Telephoto
- 2x Optical Zoom
- 10x Digital Zoom
- Available for Both
- Autofocus, BSI, OIS, Six Element Lens, Quad-LED True Tone Flash, Sapphire Crystal Lens Cover, Flicker Sensor, Capture in Raw
- 7MP FaceTime HD Camera with f//2.2, Retina Flash, HDR
- LTE, HSPA+, GSM
- Nano SIM
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi with MIMO
- Bluetooth v4.2
- Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
- Apply Pay
- Built-in Stereo Speakers
- EarPods via Lightning Connector
- IP67 Rating; Splash, Water, Dust Resistance
- iOS 10
- Dimensions: 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in; 138 g
- Colors: Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black
That’s about it on Apple’s latest iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. It will be available soon. Hopefully our carriers can get it to us by November or December.