Apple has launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, along with the Apple Watch Series 2 and a set of wireless headphones called AirPods.
The new phones come in two sizes, a 4.7-inch screen and a 5.5-inch “Plus” model, and has several new features including water and dust resistance, a major upgrade to the camera with a “dual lens” system on the iPhone 7 Plus that allows for improved long-range photos, and a redesigned pressure-sensitive home button.
Key things to know About the New iPhone 7
- Stereo speakers
- Water and dust resistant
- Longer battery life: Apple says the 7’s battery will last two hours longer than the 6, and the 7 Plus battery lasts one hour more than the 6 Plus.
- Comes in jet black, black, gold, silver, rose gold
- A10 Fusion chip with a 64-bit four core CPU
- Storage: 32GB, 128GB, 256GB
The new camera has optical image stabilisation and a 6 element lens with f/1.8 aperture. Apple claims it’s 60% faster than previous iPhones. The iPhone 7 has a single lens camera; the 7 Plus has a dual lens camera (wide angle and telephoto).
On the iPhone 7 Plus there’s a new ‘portrait’ effect on the camera to add depth of field to photos.
Apple are also releasing their new AirPods – wireless headphones (with a microphone) that have infrared sensors that detect when they’re in your ear and only play then. W1 chip connects the AirPods to your other Apple devices. The batteries last for 5 hours and the AirPods come with a charging case that holds 24 hours of charge.
The headphones can also be connected to the Lightning port and an adapter that make the phone compatible with traditional earphones.
The AirPods can be purchased separately at extra cost.
The Apple Watch Series 2 Has The Following Features
- Water resistant down to 50 metres
- 50% faster
- Dramatically brighter screen
- Built-in GPS so you can run without your phone
- Pokemon Go Apple Watch app
- Available in gold, rose gold, silver or space grey aluminium, or silver or space black stainless steel.
The iPhone 7, 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in the UK from September 16 and while the iOS 10 will be available to download from September 13.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 will open on September 9. The AirPods will be available at the beginning of October.