The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is now official – and then there are those AirPods…
So the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have be made official. Same price as the current gens at release(of course). But this time we will have 5 color options including a pretty cool looking Jet Black. The storage has been upgraded to 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. That was a much-needed move since the camera has been improved. They are sticking with the 12 megapixel but the aperture is f/1.8. But the camera now supports a wider color gamut, a new ISP, optical image stabilization on both models, and most importantly it supports RAW capture. The iPhone 7 Plus adds a second camera to the mix. This sensor is actually a telephoto lens for improved pictures when zoomed. You get 2X optical zoom and clearer 10X digital zoom. The front camera has also been improved. It is 7 megapixel and has auto image stabilization.
Much like Samsung; Apple has added water and dust resistance to their new devices. Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are IP67 rated meaning a fall in the pool or a walk in the rain will no longer be an issue. The changes made to the home button helps with this. It is no longer an actual button but a touch and pressure sensitive button. Apple has also done away with the headphone port(which we all knew was coming). In the package you will get a pair of Lighting EarPods and a Lighting to 3.5mm adapter.
As part of the move away from the headphone port Apple introduced their wireless headphones called AirPods. To be frank, they look like cut off EarPods. But this wireless headphones are suppose to have great audio quality, optical sensors so they won’t play while they aren’t in your ears, and of course mics. But one of the key feature is the custom chip called the W1 which aims to improve the audio and power management on their wireless devices. Apple also announced that The new Beats Solo 3, Powerbeats 3, and Beats X will also all feature the W1. The AirPods will be super simple to part and promise 5 hours of batery life per charge. the case they come it will add an additional 24 hours of battery power.
Inside the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be the Apple A10 Fusion SoC. The package includes a quad-core CPU with two efficiency core and two cores for raw power. The GPU has also been improved. It is a 6 core GPU that promises a 50% improvement in graphics performance. Thanks to those low-power cores you can expect an average of 2 hour improvement in battery life between the 7 and 6s and an hour from the 7 Plus and 6s Plus.
As far as pricing and availability goes you can pre-order it starting Friday with the 32GB iPhone 7 starting at a full retail price of $649 and the iPhone 7 Plus starting at $769 –a $20 price hike from the previous Plus models. The new Jet Black version will only be available in the 128GB and 256GB version so that one will start at $749 for the iPhone 7 and $869 for the iPhone 7 Plus.
More to come on the iPhone soon!