Apple unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the iPhone 7, during a press event on Wednesday. The new model will have many new features and designs, like a refreshed water-resistant design without a headphone jack, a force-sensitive home button, and a new glossy finish. The larger iPhone 7 Plus model also features two separate camera lenses. Tim Cook described the new iPhone 7 as “The most powerful chip ever in a smartphone.” Apart from the new features mentioned above, are there other highlights about the iPhone 7/7 Plus? Here we summarize 10 highlights about iPhone 7 for you.
The new iPhone 7 looks very similar to iPhone 6s, but instead of the matte metal finish we’ve become used to, it has a glossy, mirrored design. The new color is called jet black and is much darker and richer than the space black of years past. Apple is also releasing a standard black model, along with gold, silver, and rose gold.
Apple finally ditched headphone jack, which means you’ll have to rely on a Lightning converter for your current headphones, or upgrade to a pair of Bluetooth earbuds. To make up for the missing headphone jack, Apple is including a pair of Lightning-connected (wired) EarPods in the box and a Lightning-converter for your 3.5mm headphone plug. These new EarPods and a dongle for connecting older headphones to the iPhone 7 will be included along with the new iPhone.
The lack of a headphone jack also prompted Apple to improve wireless audio — the result is the W1 wireless chip. It’s implemented in another new Apple product, the AirPods, which are completely wireless and get 5 hours of battery life. They aren’t included in the box, and you need to purchase it at $159.
The new iPhone 7 is IP67 water resistant and dust resistant, which is better than any previous iPhone ever. It means you’re free to get them wet without worry. That means you’ll be able to take either of them underwater for about 30 minutes, up to 1 meter deep. Whether flowing dust or splash water, your iPhone can be protected perfectly.
Apple bumped iSight camera’s resolution from 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels last year on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. For the new iPhones, the resolution remains the same at 12 megapixels, but the iPhone 7 finally gets optical image stabilization.
And the larger iPhone 7 Plus has two 12-megapixel cameras: one has a wide-angle lens and the other is a telephoto lens. With the two cameras, the iPhone 7 Plus can zoom up to 2x via optical zoom between the two lenses and up to 10x via digital zoom.The new camera is comprised of a new 6-element lens with larger f/1.8 aperture which helps take even better photos in low-light situations, putting it on par with some of the best Android phone cameras.
There’s a new quad-LED flash that outputs 50 percent more flash than previous iPhones. The cameras are also a lot faster to autofocus and shoot. On the larger iPhone 7 Plus, the camera is capable of capturing photos with bokeh (blurred out backgrounds) with shallower depth of field. The front-facing FaceTime camera is now 7-megapixels.
The new phones have upgraded displays that are 25 percent brighter, with a wider color gamut for better color reproduction and improved color management. Both include the 3D Touch pressure sensitive display that debuted with the 6S line. But it appears that Apple did not update the image resolution of the displays, meaning that this year’s iPhone has the same number of pixels as 2014’s iPhone 6. (The iPhone 7 is 750 x 1334 pixels, while the iPhone 7 Plus is 1080 x 1920.)
Home button now features a new version of the pressure-sensitive and Touch ID sensor. It no longer actually clicks, but simulates one via a vibration like the Force Touch trackpad on MacBooks. The Force Touch Home button offers Taptic feedback and this can be programmed via third-party applications to offer “new feelings and experiences” for users.
Apple also says that the new phones have “the longest battery life ever of an iPhone”, but the actual improvements seem as incremental as always. The company says the smaller iPhone 7 will last two hours longer than the iPhone 6S, while the 7 Plus gains an hour over the 6S Plus. Whether iPhone 7 has a such outstanding batter life? We may need to wait for the review.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus utilize Apple’s most powerful processor ever: the A10 Fusion. It’s a 64-bit quad-core processor that’s 40 percent faster than the A9 in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Apple says it’s 120 times faster than the original iPhone. The processor also improves the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ graphics — it’s 50 percent faster than the A9. The 7 also comes with 2GB of RAM, whereas the 7 Plus offers 3GB.
For the first time the iPhone has stereo speakers, which can output 50 percent louder sound. One speaker is in the earpiece and the other on the bottom.
Apple says the new phone will be available for purchase on September 16th, though preorders start on September 9th. For the first time there is no longer a 16GB storage option, instead, the iPhone 7 will come in three storage models: 32GB ($649), 128GB ($749) and 256GB ($849). The iPhone 7 Plus also comes in the same storage models: 32GB ($769), 128GB ($869) and 256GB ($969).
Tips: The new features and highlights will attract a lot of Apple fans to switch from old iPhone to new iPhone. However, you may need to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone. Or if you are using an android phone and want to buy a new iPhone 7, you also need to transfer your data from Android phone to iPhone. In the circumstances, you can take advantage of the third-party data transfer tool to help you finish the data transfer task.