iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems. The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colorful iPhone display. Splash and water resistance. And it looks every bit as powerful as it is. This is iPhone 7.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, unveiled on September 7, are described by Apple as the “most advanced iPhones ever” that are “packed with unique innovations.”
Available in 4.7 and 5.5-inch size options with the same general design as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the two new iPhones boast IP67 water and dust resistance. That means the iPhone 7 is dust tight and is able to withstand submersion in water up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes. It isn’t waterproof, but will hold up to light splashing and brief dips in water. It’s likely to survive if it’s dropped in the toilet or splashed at the beach, but don’t take it in the pool.
As was rumored, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus feature redesigned antenna bands that no longer span the back of the device for a cleaner look. Both devices are available in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Black, and Jet Black. Black is a new darker matte color that replaces Space Gray, while Jet Black is a brand new high-gloss finish. Antenna bands are near invisible on the Jet Black iPhone, but Apple warns that it’s susceptible to scratches.
Inside, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have an A10 Fusion processor with two high-performance cores that run two times faster than the iPhone 6 and two high-efficiency cores that run at one-fifth of the power to save battery life. Graphics performance is improved, running three times faster than the iPhone 6 and at as little as half the power, enabling new gaming capabilities while also preserving battery.
Thanks to the processor improvements, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus both boast longer battery life. The iPhone 7 offers two hours more battery life on average than the iPhone 6s, while the iPhone 7 Plus offers an extra hour of battery life compared to the iPhone 6s Plus.
Stereo sound, a first for an iPhone, is implemented through a speaker added to the top and the bottom of the device. With two speakers instead of one, sound is much richer and louder.
In the first step towards the removal of the Home button, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus feature a pressure-sensitive solid-state Home button that offers customizable tactile feedback to replace the feel of a traditional physical button press. The Home button is flush with the device, a move that has helped improve water resistance.
Both devices have camera improvements that will result in crisper, brighter, more detailed images. The iPhone 7 features a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, a new Apple-designed image signal processor, a 6-element lens, a larger f/1.8 aperture, and wide color capture for more vibrant, true-to-life colors.
The iPhone 7 Plus features the same camera improvements as the iPhone 7, but it also includes a dual-camera system with a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens, enabling 2x optical zoom and a new DSLR-like depth-of-field effect that enhances portrait shots.
There’s also an improved front-facing camera, featuring a 7-megapixel sensor with wide color capture, advanced pixel technology, and auto image stabilization for selfies that look better than ever. A new four-LED True Tone flash is 50 percent brighter and it features a sensor that can detect and compensate for flickering lights.
Wide color images are displayed on the revamped Retina HD display, which features a wide color gamut for better color saturation and “cinema-standard” colors. In layman’s terms, that means the iPhone 7 display is going to feature brighter, more vivid colors that are truer to real-life colors.
25 LTE bands are supported, as is LTE advanced for data transfer speeds up to 450Mb/s. In Japan, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus support FeliCa, the contactless payment standard in the country.
As expected, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus do not have a headphone jack, and its elimination (and the space saved) was necessary to implement many of the new features. To make up for the lack of a headphone jack, Apple will include a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter and Lightning EarPods in every iPhone box.
Apple has also introduced new wireless headphones called “AirPods,” which use an Apple-designed W1 wireless chip for improved battery life. AirPods feature five hours of battery life and are sold with a case that offers charging on the go, for a total of 24 hours of battery. AirPods feature gesture-based Siri activation, a microphone with voice isolating capabilities, and the ability to automatically detect when they’re in your ears. AirPods will be available in late October for $159.
Both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are available with higher storage capacities, at 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Pricing on the iPhone 7 starts at $649, while pricing on the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available for pre-order on Friday, September 9 and will be released in more than 25 countries on Friday, September 16. First wave launch countries include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.