At long last, the iPhone 7 is here. At the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Apple continued its traditional naming structure with the introduction of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. We’ve been playing around with the upcoming iOS 10 operating system in beta for the better part of two months, and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will ship with the new OS (read more about iOS 10 here), but we were excited to learn more about the actual phones.
The new Iphone 7 has been launched, keeping in line with what everyone has been expecting. Here are the features of the iphone 7 and iphone 7 plus in a nutshell.
The Iphone 7 & Iphone 7 plus come to life with a new 64 bit A10 fusion chipset The cameras in two phones feature a 12 Megapixel sensor with four colour true tone flash. The IPhone 7 plus will feature dual cameras that function as one camera –having both wide and telephoto lens to get more details from each photo.
There is also a new photo mode called called portrait mode to create depth of field effect for portraits using depth mapping, which will come out as a software update to the Iphone 7 plus later this year.
The screen has been updated to Retina HD display which will be able to reproduce 25% more colour than the previous generation displays with the display sizes remaining the same at 4.7 inches on the Iphone 7 and 5.5 inch display on the 7 plus.
Both these phones will feature a non-mechanical home button with taptic feedback (force touch) which have been tried on its Macbook range.
It features stereo speakers on the top and bottom of the phone and as most people expected, Apple has dropped the 3.5 mm audio jack in favour of a lightning port based audio interface for headphones with a lightning port based dongle which will be shipped along with the device for connecting up ordinary headphones.
The Iphone 7 will be available in five colours – jet black (in high gloss finish), black, gold, silver and rose gold besides featuring a rounded aluminum design with IP67 water proof rating.
Apple also launched Wireless airpods headsets which will allow wireless audio streaming through a new W1 wireless chipset set to feature in both the airpods as well as the new beats Solo 3 headphones.
Availability and price
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available for pre-order now, and Apple says the devices will officially be available on September 16. The company will roll out iOS 10 three days prior on September 13.
The iPhone 7 starts at $649 and for the first time there is no longer a 16GB storage option. Instead, you can choose from 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The jet black color only has a 128GB and 256GB internal storage option. The iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769 and also has the same storage options.
Apple is also upgrading the storage options for the iPhone SE, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus — there’s no longer a 16GB variant. Several iPads are also getting the same treatment.