After months of rumours and leaks, the latest iPhones are finally in flesh. Moving with the modern ritual for the month of September, Apple took to the stage to unveil the iPhone 7, 7 Plus and an updated Apple Watch. The company introduced its flagship smartphone with some major tweaks that all iPhone users have been waiting for- upgraded cameras, water resistance, new colour options and a longer battery life.
It has actually been a treat to see the new iPhones in action. They will be up for pre-orders from September 9th and will start hitting the shelves a week later. If there’s a lot to like in the new beauties, there’s a lot to late as well. Yeah, we’re talking about the headphone jack which has now been removed from the iPhones. So, without further ado, let’s give you a quick walk through of everything that you’ll be getting with the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:
Design Changes and New Colours
First things first, Apple has tweaked its design strategy to make the new iPhones cleaner and sassier than ever. The new beauties come with a clean back panel but with a minor and a little special camera bump. The bump, moulded from the aluminium frame of the phone, incorporates the antennas and gives a way to get rid of those ugly bands without compromising on the aesthetics.
In hand, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus hardly feel any different, but on paper, they’re lighter than their predecessors. The two newbies look extremely premium and come in new colour options along with the traditional Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold model. The Jet and Matte Black avatar of the iPhone 7 replaces the Space Grey variant as iPhone lovers get two new colours to choose from. The matte black model also gets a black Apple logo, which is also something very new.
Talking about the new stuff, it is also important to note that Apple has removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Yes, you get loud and clearer sound with stereo speakers at the top and the base, but the 3.5mm audio jack is gone. It really has gone!
Apple has also redesigned the iconic home-button for the iPhone 7. Inspired from Force Touch track pads of the MacBook, the home-button of the iPhones is now force sensitive. It does not have to be pressed and can respond according to varied level of pressure applied by your touch. The iPhones also get IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, which means you don’t have to worry about your phone while rushing back home in the rain. Take away, design wise, there’s a lot new stuff in the iPhones.
Probably the only place where the latest iPhones remain unchanged- the display panels. Both beauties, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus pack the same display but only with a little more brightness. The iPhone 7 ships with a standard 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1334×750 pixels, while the iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD display. Just like the last time, they both promise a detailed viewing experience, and in case, you’re always on the go, you also get enhanced brightness for an even bolder and brighter visual experience. In a nutshell, you might miss a few pixels, but the Retina HD display is really good and can do the job nicely for you.
Hardware and Performance
As you might have expected, Apple has upgraded its latest iPhone with a new quad-core 64-bit chipset. This time, Apple has used the A10 fusion chipset which features two high-performance and two high-efficiency cores. The powerful processor used by the company goes a step ahead A9 and promises smooth and lag free performance, even under heavy usage. According to Apple, the new processor is 40% faster than the last one and is 120x faster than the original iPhone. It conserves energy to extend battery life and couples with a 50% faster 6-core GPU which results in console level gaming and minimal glitches. Apple’s A10 fusion chipset is touted to be the most powerful processor ever used on any smartphone. It pairs up with 2 gigabytes of memory on the iPhone 7 and 3 gigabytes on the iPhone 7 Plus.
The Rear and Front-facing Snappers
Like always, the camera upgrade takes things up a notch. According to 91mobiles, the slightly protruding iPhone 7 camera still rocks a 12-megapixel sensor, but with a wider f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. It’s 60% faster, 30% energy efficient and is a capable of producing vivid shots even when you’re shooting in low-light conditions. The lens lets in more light and produces picture-perfect shots indoors as well as outdoors.
Apple has even upgraded the True Tone flash on the iPhone 7. It now comes with four LEDs to endow more light and also includes the ability to deal with artificial lighting with anti-flickering. The front-facing snapper also gets a bump up with a 7-megapixel Facetime HD sensor.
Even the elder sibling also features the same camera setup. It includes a 12MP rear and 7MP front-facing shooter, but the main camera on the back also includes a second 12-megapixel sensor for enhanced zooming. Just like LG V20, the second camera enhanced depth of field in the images ensuring better detailing and quality.
The iPhone 7 is probably the longest lasting iPhone. Apple has not revealed its exact battery capacity, but thanks to 91mobiles, we do know it is bigger and better than what we’ve already seen on the iPhone 6s. According to Apple, you can expect 40 hours of wireless audio playback and 13 hours of wireless audio from the iPhone 7. It will last two hours of more than the iPhone 6s and can easily live up to your gaming expectations with the A10 fusion chip which consumes much lesser power on hefty usage.
Clearly, the iPhone 7 has got everything you ever wanted. Yes, the 16GB variant has been ditched for the 32GB model and there’s no microSD card slot or headphone jack, but keeping all of it together, the iPhone 7 still looks like a flagship in the high-end game. It is still more expensive than Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but as they all say, when you’ve got your hands on an iPhone, nothing looks better. Not even a Galaxy!