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Apple unveils 'water resistant and stereo speaker' enabled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7+

Apple unveils 'water resistant and stereo speaker' enabled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7+


Apple on Wednesday (September 7) officially unveiled the long awaited iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus.

The world’s best-known technology company said the iPhone 7, starting at $649, would have one, zooming 12-megapixel camera. The ‘Plus’ edition, starting at $769, would feature two cameras.

It also removed the analog headphone jack, as was widely expected. The new headphones supplied by Apple with the phone will plug into the same port as the recharging cord, but it will also work with Apple’s new wireless headphones, called Air Pods, available in late October at a price of $159.

The top tech company had incidentally tweeted about major characteristics of the phone among others, that it is water resistant, it has stereo speakers and a brand new camera.

Some distinct qualities of the phone include:

  • The body is quite similar to the iPhone 6s, but it’s shiny
  • There is also a ‘black’ model which comes with a black Apple logo
  • The home button will now rely on Apple’s haptic engine, just like the new Mac trackpads

Camera and image quality

  • The new iPhones will have optical image stabilization, allowing for up to 3x longer exposure
  • The iPhone 7 camera has a six-element, 1.8 aperture lens, a 12 megapixel sensor that is 60% faster, with a quad-LED flash with 50% light output
  • The iPhone 7 will have a 7-megapixel front camera, up from a 5-megapixel camera on the iPhone 6s
  • The iPhone 7 Plus comes with 12-megapixel cameras on the back
  • The dual-lens setup allows for both wide angle and telephoto – one lens handles 1x zoom and the other handles 2x zoom
  • The new iPhone displays will be 25% brighter, with wide colour range and continued support for 3D touch

No head jack, top battery quality, high protection

  • The 3.5mm headphone jack is gone. EarPods will connect via the Lightning port, and will be included in the box
  • The next-gen iPhones will support felica, the NFC technology used in Japan
  • The new iPhones both have the best battery life of any previous iPhones
  • The new iPhones meets the IP67 protection standard which gives it highest protection from water and dust. It is good enough to drop briefly drop it into a pool.