Apple yesterday took the wraps off (early on Twitter) of the new iPhone 7 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. If you had been following the leaks closely, almost everything the iPhone 7 now is, had already seen the light of day. While many dismissed the iPhone 7 as a small upgrade, there were still several big changes which still make it exciting.
While the iPhone’s design is cleaner now, the biggest change has been that it is now water-resistant with an IP67 certification. So we wonder what case manufacturers like LifeProof are now going to use as a selling point. Another big change is the new advanced solid-state Home button which takes cues from its Mac counterpart and has the same “clicking-without-a-real-clicking mechanism” because of the new taptic engine feedback. Initial impressions from other tech reviewers say it feels as if mostly the entire bottom chin vibrates, but we will go more in-depth on that with our full review.
The biggest improvement in this year’s iPhone is the camera(s). The iPhone 7 will now feature a 12MP optical image stabilization and a Quad-LED TrueTone Flash, as well as a 7MP FaceTime Camera. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 Plus will get two 12MP cameras with a wide angle lens (28mm) and a telephoto lens with (56mm) optical image stabilization, 2x zoom and a dedicated depth-of-field Portrait mode.
In typical iPhone fashion everything else got better too. The Retina HD display is 25% brighter, the A10 Fusion Chip is 2x faster (than the iPhone 6), and is also the longest battery life on an iPhone. There are also 2 new finishes/colors that Apple will offer, Black and Jet Black.
Last but not least, addressing the elephant in the room, is the lack of a headphone jack. To everyone’s dismay, Apple did go on with removing the headphone jack despite people’s objections, petitions, etc. because – well, in the end, they are Apple. While the benefits may be greater on the other side of the Lightning fence, it will take time for everyone to adapt. Countless rivals will probably mock Apple and try to use this against them, but in the end they will more likely follow suit. As it happened with the 30 pin connector, people will always suffer from incompatibility from what they already have (like great wired headphones).Despite this, as more and more headphone manufacturers get on-board, we will probably be able to pick up $5 dollar Lightning headphones at gas stations, dollar stores, etc. just like we now can with a Lightning cable. Apple will also (thankfully) include an adapter that will let users use regular wired headphones.
Apple will begin taking pre-orders tomorrow, September 9th, at 12:01 a.m Pacific/ 2:01 a.m. Central/ 3:01 a.m. Eastern.