Apple has officially launched its newest iPhones, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus during its Special Event today. In light of the big reveal, we bring you a list of the confirmed specs and features for the new iPhones.
1. Design. Apple boasts that the handsets may look like their predecessors in some angles, but the Cupertino giant has ensured that users can tell the new ones from the 6s and 6s Plus through the new layout of the antenna bands that are now barely visibile since they are embedded into the edges.
Another interesting feat that Apple was proud to present about its new iPhones is the inclusion of two new color options: Black and Jet Black. The Black variant is made using bead-blasted aluminum, while the Jet Black variant has a high-gloss finish. With these two new options, Apple fans can now choose from five variants: Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, Black and Jet Black. The Space Gray variant has been discontinued.
2. Home Button. The iPhones have always been reliant on the Home button for their functions, so Apple has enhanced the quintessential feature by adding Force Touch to it. With this, the company claims that users can do more with the button, including multitasking, accessibility and reachability functions, as well as support for Siri and Apple Pay.
3. New Enclosure. Previous rumors suggested that the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would be IPX7 certified, and they were proven to be right when it was revealed that the new iPhones will come with new enclosures to make them water-resistant as well as dust-resistant.
4. Camera. Perhaps the biggest improvement in the new iPhones could be found in the camera technology they are sporting. Apple has revealed that both handsets will come with cameras that are huge advancements in photography. There's the dual-lens camera system that is composed of a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens to ensure that photo quality is up to par with DSLR-taken images. Both lenses sport 12-megapixel high-speed sensors, OIS, f/1.8 aperture, quad-LED True -Tone flash, Apple-designed ISP and wide color gamut. The dual-lens camera was also revealed to have an extra feature called shallow depth of field that makes it possible for the smartphone to take photos with the Bokeh effect, making them not just plain images, but portraits that really have depth and style.
The dual-lens camera will only be available on the larger iPhone 7 Plus. The standard iPhone 7, on the other hand, will be capable of taking high-quality photos using a single-lens 12-megapixel camera. Either way, Apple promises that both back cameras are capable of capturing moments with richer colors with the help of the True-Tone flash that now has four LEDs.
Up front, both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus will sport a 7-megapixel selfie camera, quashing previous rumors that the new iPhones would keep the 5-megapixel front-facing snappers of their predecessors.
5. Retina HD Display. Apple has said that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus display panels are going to be 25 percent brighter than the ones their predecessors have. The company also singled out that the high-quality display comes with wide color gamut, cinema standard feature, color management and 3D Touch.
6. Speakers. The new iPhones have also been revealed to sport stereo speakers: one at the bottom and another on top. The two new speakers will make the handsets two times louder than their predecessors. Whats more is that they are said to have a wider dynamic range.
7. EarPods. Apple has now answered the biggest mystery regarding its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plans that have early on been revealed to have ditched the universal 3.5 mm headphone jack. Without the universal audio output port, Apple is bundling Lightning EarPods and a Lighting-to-headphone jack cable in every unit of the new iPhones.
8. Wireless. The audio experience the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus provide are also enhanced with the introduction of the wireless earphones, called AirPods. Apple said that the AirPods, which cost $159 and are sold separately, will be the first device to house Apple's first wireless chip, the W1 chip. The wireless earphones have also been revealed to come with infrared sensors, dual-motion accelerometers that launches Siri with just a double tap, beamforming microphones and a five-hour battery life on a single charge.
Also mentioned under this feature are Beats' new products, Beats Solo3 Wireless, Powerbeats3 Wireless and Beatsx that will soon be available on the market for Apple fans to choose from.
9. Apple Pay. Without really describing how the Apple Pay support in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would work and how they would be more commendable than before, Apple introduced this feature to the live audience of the event by banking on the idea that the company is bringing Apple Pay to Japan using FeliCa technology, one that will not only be useful in doing some shopping, but for travel as well, because of its support for Japan's transit system.
10. Performance. Finally, Apple said that what the new iPhones promise that no other iPhones have come close to yet is performance. According to the iPhone-maker, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by the new 64-bit four-core A10 Fushion chip: two high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores. The former is said to be 40 percent faster than A9, and the latter is more energy efficient than the previous flagship CPU. Graphicsw performance-wise, Apple has seen to it that each handset is coming with a 6-core GPU that enable the new iPhones to run heavy-duty gaming apps seamlessly. Furthermore, the new iPhones are said to have longer battery life with the high-efficiency cores around. Apple calims that consumers can expect the fuel of the new iPhones to be two hours longer than that of any of their latest predecessor.
Not really highlighted but still mentioned in the Apple Special Event is the confirmation that the storage model options for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. Finally, Apple promises that pricing will remain the same as the 6s and the 6s Plus.