Apple unveils iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – Here’s all you want to know
At the much awaited annual event in San Francisco, Apple launched the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, two new age phones aesthetically similar to their predecessors, but with refined set of features that should make many Apple fanboys dump their previous handsets for the new beauties. Both the phones feel pretty much the same as iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays respectively. However, Apple says the HD Retina Displays on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are cinema standard – 25 percent brighter than the display on last year’s iPhones.
As said, the new water and dust resistant iPhones have several big difference from the last year models – some of the notable ones include a pressure sensitive home button, a brighter display, refined cameras, faster processors and an improved battery backup. But the standout difference is the absence of 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Yes, instead of the tradition analog headphone jack, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come with wireless earphones Apple calls the AirPods (sold separately). Additionally, the iPhone package will feature earphones that connect with the iPhone’s Lightning port. There will also be a free 3.5mm jack adaptor in the package.
iPhone 7 is a 4.7-inch model with a LED-backlit IPS LCD display featuring 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi). iPhone 7 Plus on the other hand has a 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display touting 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi) resolution.
Design and Appearance
For most of us, it is disappointing that Apple has virtually made no real changes to the design of the new iPhones. Yes, when it comes to appearance they look somewhat outdated considering they are similar to models launched almost three years back, but they are still more forward in appearance compared to the Samsung Galaxy series phones that beg to differ from their very first model (sort of).
There are difference in design, though appearance is what we know. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature stereo speakers placed at the top and bottom of the devices. The antenna bands on the new phones are moved from the back (as in the 6S and 6S Plus) to the edges.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are both unveiled in two new color variants. In addition to the Silver, Gold and Rose Gold, the new models with come in Black color (this replaces the Space Gray). There is an additional Jet Black, which will be available only for the 128GB and 256GB devices.
Home Button becomes pressure-sensitive
The Home Button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cannot be physically pressed or clicked. The button is now pressure-sensitive and comes with vibration based taptic feedback, i.e. the button will vibrate on touch and give you a feedback. According to Apple, it won’t feel like a button and will take time for users to get used to it.
Best camera on the iPhone yet
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus get revamped cameras, which have been designed to take sharper pictures and enhance photography in low light. While both phones feature 7MP front camera for FaceTime and selfies, it’s the rear cameras that have been transformed.
iPhone 7 gets a 12MP rear camera that is 60 percent faster and 30 percent energy efficient to the same camera on the iPhone 6S. The camera features a better aperture – f/1.8 lens, which Apple says lets 50 percent more light.
iPhone 7 Plus is first iPhone to get a dual lens camera. There are two 12MP cameras on the model – one is a wide angle lens and other a telephoto lens, making the iPhone capable of 10X optical zoom. Activating the two cameras is simple – tap on 1x or 2x button and the camera and you can switch between cameras automatically.
Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras are 4K compatible and enable you to live edit photos and videos. In addition to a higher aperture, Apple has included four LEDs (from two on previous models) to help the phone create more flash and make the flash look like natural light to enhance the quality of pictures captured in low light.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by new Apple A10 Fusion – 64-bit quad core processor that guarantees 40 percent faster CPU performance and 50 faster percent graphics performance. Despite the immaculate performance, the processor is ultra-efficient and will consume lesser battery whether you’re gaming or using Wi-Fi.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are both dust and water resistant. The phone come with an IPX67 rating which means the phones can withstand immersion in a meter of water for close to 30 minutes.
Improved Battery Backup
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple says, will have longest battery life in an iPhone ever. The battery on iPhone 7 is believed to last 14 hours with Wi-Fi and 12 hours on 4G. The iPhone 7 Plus has a bigger battery that’ll last 15 hours on Wi-Fi and almost the same on 4G.
Price and Availability
Apple has changed the game with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus; the new phones with start with 32GB internal storage and will be available in 32-128-and 256GB variants.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will begin on September 9, and the phones will start shipping from September 16. Pricing is as follows:
32GB – $649
128GB – $749
256GB – $849
iPhone 7 Plus
32GB – $769
128GB – $869
256GB – $969
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are slated to go on sale in India on October 7, 2016.