Wednesday was the day many of our iPhone 7 rumours were confirmed, and the world was introduced to the latest Apple smartphone. There were a few surprises, including a dual camera on the Plus model and two brand new colour options, and we excitedly watched the keynote to see all of the snazzy new iPhone specs being unveiled.
At first glance, the iPhone 7 looks extremely similar to the 6s. Admittedly it is, having identical dimensions and only weighing 5g less, but it’s the most streamlined device ever. The aim was to create a completely uninterrupted form, and to do this Apple have sculpted the camera housing directly out of the aluminium body for a smoother design. They’ve integrated the antenna too, so well in fact it has virtually disappeared.
The new iPhone also has stereo speakers at the top and the bottom and a brand new home button that is pressure sensitive, more responsive than ever and uses the same Taptic Engine that we saw in the Apple Watch. The home button can also be customized and programmed by third party applications too.
Say goodbye to the headphone jack
Perhaps one of the most controversial features announced on the 7th September, the iPhone 7 will have no headphone jack. The rumour surrounding the absence of the headphone jack was strong, but nobody was entirely sure that Apple would make such a bold move to the design.
Instead of regular iPhone earphones, the iPhone 7 will be boxed with a pair that connect through the lightning charging port, an adapter so you can use other headphones with your iPhone 7 and wireless headphones will be available to buy separately.
Apple’s brand new wireless headphones will be called Airpods, and are powered by a W1 chip. They’re always on, and detect when they’ve been placed into your ears and connect to any kind of Apple device automatically. They work with Siri too, and with a double tap you can activate the personal assistant without touching your iPhone. The Airpods provide 5 hours of listening time with one charge, and have a 24-hour battery life.
Airpods won’t be released until October, so you might want to start saving now as they retail for £159.
Brand new colours
Gold, silver and rose gold have made a return for the iPhone 7 and 7s, but we’re sadly saying goodbye to space grey. Instead, two new colours have been introduced: black and jet black. The latter has a high-shine, glossy finish and it’s exclusive to devices with the two largest storage sizes.
Take it for a swim
There’s no need to panic if your phone suddenly dives into the bath, the iPhone is now waterproof, as well as dust resistant. The new models can be submerged to depths of 1-metre for 30 minutes at a time.
On the Inside
The iPhone 7 has the brand new A10 chip installed, making it twice as fast as the 6s. The HD retina display is 25% brighter than the 6s too, and the battery life has been improved for both the 7 and 7 Plus.
The 16GB and 64GB models have been ditched, and the new devices now come in three sizes: 32GB, 128GB and a huge 256GB.
The iPhone 7 will also feature iOS 10, the biggest iOS release ever according to Tim Cook. Users will be able to wake the phone simply by lifting it, Siri becomes integrated with more apps than ever before, Maps has been redesigned and the new Home app enables people to control their lights, heating and much more from their phones. Messages have had a complete makeover too!
The iPhone 7 has a 12MP rear-facing camera like the 6s, with a different aperture of f/1.8. Selfie lovers will be delighted to know that the front-facing camera has improved once again, and now has a resolution of 7MP.
Apple have added optical image stabilisation too, and the six-element lens also improves image quality in lower lights.
For the iPhone 7 plus, there’s an exciting dual-camera system. The 7 Plus now has two 12MP cameras, one with a telephoto lens and the other with a wide angle lens.
Should I Upgrade?
The iPhone 7 has introduced some pretty impressive and revolutionary new specs, and if you’re the owner of an older iPhone upgrading your phone will bring you bang up to date with the most advanced smartphones on the market. While the difference between the 6s and the 7 isn’t major, a massive leap has certainly been taken from the 5s and 6.
If you simply can’t resist the new iPhone 7, don’t forget that you can sell your old iPhone to us. The value of older Apple phones tends to decrease after a new release, so it’s something we advise you to do sooner rather than later. The extra cash you receive from trading in your old phone might just help you justify those fancy Airpod earphones too!