Apple unveiled its latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models at it’s keynote event in San Francisco. Both iPhone models have been upgraded with new specs and features as discussed below.
What is New in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Going by looks alone, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus look more or less identical to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models. However, a closer look will reveal a missing headphone jack, missing clickable home button and dual rear cameras in iPhone 7 Plus model.
No Headphone Jack
One of the biggest visual change in iPhone 7 is the absence of a headphone jack. Continuing its tradition of being innovative, Apple has done away with the headphone Jack, replacing it with Lightning EarPods that connect via the lightning port.
You don’t have to worry about buying Lightning EarPods as they will be included with every iPhone 7 and Phone 7 Plus.
In addition, the new iPhone will be shipping with a Lightning to Headphone adapter, which allows you to make use of your existing headphones.
Waterproof and Dustproof with IPX67 Rating
The new iPhone has been designed with an IPX67 rating, this means that both iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Models can withstand splashes of Water and even full submersion in water for up to 30 minutes.
Dual 12 MP Cameras for iPhone 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 Plus model now features 2 x 12 MP rear facing cameras. One of these cameras features a Wide Angle Lens, while the second Rear Camera is equipped with a Telephoto Lens.
Both these Cameras work together, producing sharper/better portraits, providing a higher quality zoom from a greater distance and producing an all-new depth-of-field effect (coming soon via a software update).
New Camera for iPhone 7
Apple hasn’t left the iPhone 7’s camera unchanged. The iPhone 7 camera has been upgraded with optical image stabilization and a six element F 1.8 lens to allow more light and facilitate longer exposure.
New Camera Flash Components
To further enhance your shooting experience with iPhone Cameras, Apple has doubled the number of LED’s in the Camera Flash. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now feature 4 LED’s, as compared to 2 LED’s found in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models.
New 7 MP Front facing Camera
Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature an upgraded 7 MP front facing camera with auto image stabilization.
The Retina HD display of iPhone 7 is capable of delivering Cinema standard colours. It uses more shades of the colour spectrum to produce images with truer and accurate colours.
Overall, the display of iPhone 7 is 25% brighter than iPhone 6s.
Faster Apple A10 Fusion Processor
Apple has upgraded the processor in both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models with a new 64 bit, 4 core Apple A10 Fusion chip.
Compared to the Apple A9 chip in iPhone 6s, Apple A10 Fusion is 40% faster and is more energy efficient.
New Home Buttons
The Clickable Home button that was a central feature in all iPhone models has been removed and replaced with a new non-clicking touch sensor, powered by Apple’s new Taptic Engine.
Apple has finally decided to do away with the base 16 GB model. Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will now be available in 32 GB base model.
Apple has also eliminated the 64 GB model, bringing in a new 256 GB Model and retaining the 128 GB model.
Concealed Antenna Bands
Another visual change in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is the missing Antenna bands at the back of the phone. The Antenna bands have been removed from the back and concealed to present a more unified and cleaner look for the new iPhone.
More Battery Life
The iPhone 7’s battery will last on an average 2 hours longer than the battery of iPhone 6s, while the iPhone 7 Plus’s battery will last 1 hour more than iPhone 6s Plus’s battery.
Dual Stereo Speakers
Both models of iPhone feature dual speakers, located on the top and the bottom of the phone. The new speakers are 2 times louder than the speakers on iPhone 6s.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in a total of 5 colours; Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and 2 new colours (jet black and black). The Space Gray colour has been discontinued.
iOS 10 Software
Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will come out of the box loaded with iOS 10, Apple’s latest version of its operating system.
iOS 10 has a bunch of new features like Raise to wake, a redesigned Maps app, handwriting in iMessage, other changes and additions to enhance user experience.