Yes, people. Just like we have been hearing, the new iPhone 7 will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. If you’re buying the new iPhone 7, your music needs will be sorted with new lightning earbuds in the box or the company’s new wireless AirPods. However, you will still be able to use your old headphones because Apple is also including a dongle that connects to the iPhone 7.
The design is also like the rumours and renders have been predicting. The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have a redesigned antenna different from the one on the iPhone 6s and 6S Plus. It would seem that the idea is to clean up the back of the iPhone a bit more enhancing its simplistic design and ensuring the almost bare back looks even less busy.
The Home button has already been redesigned and Apple says it is now “customizable”. Like the rumours have been suggesting, the new Home button is not clickable like on the 6s but force sensitive with haptic feedback just like on the latest MacBooks and the Apple Watch.
New for the iPhone 7 is a new IP67 rating which means it is both water – up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water – and dust resistant.
In terms of camera power, the iPhone 7 comes with Optical Image Stabilization on all models, a new sensor [60% faster, 30% more efficient], and a new image processor. Apple also says the new iPhone camera will be able to take better low-light photos and it will have a f/1.8 aperture, six-element lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash, an Apple-designed ISP, and a wide color gamut.
The iPhone 7 Plus on the other is another ball game entirely. It will come with all the goodies in the iPhone 7 but it will have dual lenses instead of which one will be a wide-angle lens while the other will be a Telephoto lens. The two lenses will also be used for zooming – not digital zoom like current iPhones have – and the phone will use the second Telephoto lens to take very crisp close shots. The camera app on the iPhone 7 Plus will also have a “Depth Effect” feature that allows you put the subject in the forefront in focus and blur the background scene. The feature will come as a free software update when the iPhone 7 Plus hits shelves later this year.
The new iPhone also has new Retina HD displays that have the same resolution as the iPhone 6s but is 25% brighter. This helps the new iPhone get a two-hour battery boost over the iPhone 6s.
Apple’s latest flagship will also be more powerful than the iPhone 6s. It will have a new A10 “Fusion” chip that is more efficient and powers all the wireless AirPod stuff, make the new iPhone faster, and offer “console-level” gaming power on the new iPhone.
Another interesting feature is that storage options on the new iPhone now start at 32GB. Other available options will be 128GB and 256Gb variant.
Finally, the iPhone 7 will cost $649 (just like the iPhone 6s when it was launched) while the iPhone 7 Plus will cost $769. Pre-orders for the phones will start on September 9, and the phones will be shipped starting from September 16. The Apple AirPods will cost $160 but will not be available till late October and iOS 10 will be available from September 13.