Apple has finally raised the curtain, revealing snippets about the iPhone 7 to the world – spilling several cans worth of beans concerning the processor, camera, storage, screen and features in the process. There’s a lot that’s new – and some stuff that isn’t – so without further ado, let’s take you through somethings you need to know about the iPhone 7.
The Head Phone Jack: The iPhone 7 doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone socket. That’s a big deal, and likely to upset a couple of people – even if Apple was thoughtful enough to include a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter. Don’t want to carry an adapter round with you everywhere? Better pick up some Bluetooth buds, or buy a set of Lightning cable headphones. Lucky Apple’s got a pair of its own, then. AirPods are wireless in-ears that’ll rock for five hours on a single charge, but look a bit like a pair of rabbit ears. The obvious question is, “Why remove the jack at all?” Turns out, having a great big hole in your phone isn’t great for when you’re trying to keep water out.
Meet the airpods: Apple has launched new AirPods for wireless audio experience, which will not be bundled with the iPhone models. They pair easily with your Apple devices, the idea is to be able to seamlessly listen to music on all of your Apple devices using the AirPods. They offer upto 5 hours playback before needing to charge. The W1 chip inside new Apple devices that’s used for wireless communication.
Waterproof Apple phone: How many iPhones have met their maker at the bottom of a toilet, pint glass, or swimming pool? Good news, iFans: That won’t happen with the iPhone 7. That’s because it’s the very first waterproof Apple phone. That’s right – it’ll shrug off spills, and even survive a dunking if you have an accident. The waterproof seals will keep the delicate inside bits safe from moisture, so you won’t get caught short in the rain either. Dust won’t be a problem, either. The whole thing is sealed, and the IP67 rating means there aren’t really any holes for sand and grit to hide in.
Good riddance to 16GB: So, that pointless 16GB iPhone base model? The one that, once you take into account iOS and the essential apps, only gives you enough space for about 20 photos and two apps? It’s gone, kaput, dead-ski. The iPhone 7’s new base-level storage is a somewhat more sensible 32GB, with the other editions offering 128GB and a new 256GB of internal space. 256GB is a heck of a lot for a phone – more storage than most of Apple’s laptops, in fact – so props to the company for catering to power users.
The touch ID button is all haptic: It’s not just a button any more: instead, it has been given the same magical Force Touch treatment which graces the trackpad on the new MacBook. That means it can detect how hard you’re pressing it, adjusting its feedback with vibrations, supplied by an all-new Taptic Engine, which can deliver customised vibrations for things like notifications and apps. The Home button hasn’t been axed just yet – but it has had a serious under-the-hood makeover.
The iPhone 7 release date is set for Friday September 16 in 28 countries.