September 7th, 2016 will always be remembered as the iPhone 7 day. It was an event that was keenly awaited by virtually everyone who owns a smartphone. And Apple, as expected did take the curtains off the iPhone 7, their latest and greatest smartphone yet. As it is a norm these days, virtually everything about the iPhone 7 was known thanks to the internet that does not seem to like keeping too many secrets.
With leaks filtering through almost a couple of months in advance, if you have been following the tech media, you would know well what was expected from the iPhone 7. So without wasting much time, let’s dive into and check out whether the phone itself was worth all the hype that it generated.
As expected, the iPhone 7 is the best iPhone that Apple has ever made, but you knew that, right? Unlike every alternate year, where Apple decides to radically redesign their iPhone, as seen with the iPhone 4, 5 and 6, iPhone 7 is drawn out of the same die as the iPhone 6. There is also a bigger and more feature full version of the iPhone 7 in the form of the iPhone 7 Plus. Yes, there are a few new interesting design features including the ugly antenna lines disappearing from the back and being repositioned to the top. There are two new colours being introduced to the lineup too: Jet Back and Black. The Jet Black unit is basically a glossy black iPhone while the Black one is dull black in colour. Like last year, the iPhone 7 is made out of Aluminum, but this time, it flows seamlessly into glass making it the most one body solution.
It was a topic of great debate but Apple has decided to bite the bullet and take the 3.5mm headphone jack away from the device. A moment’s silence for all those expensive headphones you purchased, as unless you pick a lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, they are rendered useless.The good part is that Apple has decided to include all new Lightning Earpods as well as the 3.5 mm headphone to the lightning adaptor in the box. Apple also introduced AirPods, which are wireless earphones, with in built microphones. These provide playback of 5 hours each and another 24 hours when they are placed in the case. The case will need to be charged using lightning port later. AirPods will not require any pairing or unpairing and will connect automatically to your iPhone or Apple Watch, simply when you open the case. AirPods will be sold separately for $159.
The other major upgrade on the iPhone 7 is the camera. The rear and front-facing cameras both have received major bumps. The rear camera on the iPhone 7 is now a 12MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The front facing camera has been bumped to 7MP, while the LED light on the primary rear camera now has 4 LEDs, which results in a 50% brighter flash. The iPhone 7 Plus has a new Dual Camera setup, with two 12MP sensors, where the second sensor is a telephoto lens that allows you up to 2x zoom into pictures without losing the quality as well as create beautiful portrait pictures using artificial bokeh shots. The ability to take bokeh effect will come via a new portrait mode in the camera app with real-time deep depth preview- which will be available via software update later in the year. Powering the phone is an all new Quad core A10 chipset.
Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come with IP67 rating, so you can safely submerge the phone in up to 50 meters of water. This is the first time that Apple has introduced stereo speakers, with iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, both coming with one top firing and one bottom firing speaker. The Retina HD display on the new iPhone also has 25% brighter display and supports a wider gamut of colours. The Home button too has been redesigned, with it now coming with a Force Touch mechanism, like seen on the MacBook. The Home button features the Haptic feedback, which can be customised by apps as per the usage.
Apple has decided to upgrade the storage on the iPhone 7, with both iPhone 7 and 7 Plus available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB variants. The Jet Black version, though, will be available only in 128GB and 256GB versions. The iPhone 7 will start at $649, while the iPhone 7 Plus will start at $749. The launch of the device in India will be on October 7th, with the shipments beginning in the US from September 16th. As a result of this upgrade, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will also be available in the new 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage capacities. iPhone 7 will come with iOS 10 out of the box, which will be available for a public to download starting September 13th.
Other than the iPhone 7, Apple also introduced the new Apple Watch. They are calling it the Apple Watch Series 2, which starts at $369. The new watch comes with a host of new features such as a faster S2 chip, powered by a second generation SiP- Dual Core Processor, twice as fast GPU, inbuilt GPU, 2nd gen display which is 1000 nits bright for great visibility as well as swim proof capability. It will be available in Aluminum, Stainless steel and all new Ceramic dials. A special Apple Watch Nike+ Edition was announced too, which costs same as the Series 2, but is taylor made keeping sprinters and runners in mind. The look and feel of the Apple Watch Series 2 is same as the original Apple Watch. Therefore the original Apple Watch is getting the same dual-core processor in an upgrade that Apple is calling- Apple Watch Series 1 available for $269. Both of these are expected to be launched in India on October 7th, the same date as the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
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