Media Event Recap: iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The main focus of today’s event was the two new iPhones. Like rumors suggested, we only saw two new devices: the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Design wise, they’re very similar to the iPhone 6s. The antenna bands are now no longer on the back of the device. Just around the top and sides. We also see a little more pronounced camera bump with a bigger lens. On the iPhone 7 Plus, however, we do see two cameras. There are two 12MP cameras. One is a wide angle camera, where the other one is a telephoto lens. On the smaller iPhone, we see the same camera as on the iPhone 6s, just with a bigger lens, allowing more light in. It also now has optical image stabilization. There is now a larger color gamut and more noise reduction. The front facing camera has now been upgraded to 7MP. The flash on the back now has 4 different LEDs, rather than two. There is also a new capture API where developers can create apps for capturing pictures better.

Inside we find Apple’s new A10 Fusion chip. There are four cores inside. Two cores are high performance that use 40% less power. The other two cores are lower powered. Apple designed a chip that will chose which core to use.

Also new with the iPhone 7 is a water resistant body. Apple experimented a little with it on the iPhone 6s. They included a rubber gasket around the inside, but they’ve stepped it up even more with this device.  We see IP-67 water and dust proofing.

Apple has, indeed, removed the headphone jack with these new iPhones. We also now get stereo speakers. There is one speaker on the bottom and the second one is inside the earpiece. That means the second grill at the bottom is a microphone. According to their website, Apple will include a set of Lightning EarPods as well as a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box.

The home button is also different this year. It is force sensitive and responds to different pressures. Finally, we get a new taptic engine that will be used for all of the vibrations.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come in the usual gold, rose gold, and silver colors. However, there are a few new colors: Jet Black and Black. Jet Black is a darker black that also has some gloss on it, similar to the color of the 2013 Mac Pro. The Black color is just a darker, non-glossy black. It’s similar to Slate from back with the iPhone 5. Storage now starts off at 32GB, but is also available in 128GB, and a new 256GB option. Pricing for the 32GB iPhone 7 starts at $649 off contract and goes up $100 for each storage capacity. Pricing for the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769 off contract and goes up $100 for each storage capacity. The Jet Black iPhones are only available in 128GB and 256GB models.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available September 16. Pre-orders will start September 9th.

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