The wait is finally over. Following months of conjecture and rumour, Apple has finally revealed its latest duo of iPhones. It’s time to meet the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.
Alongside the new iPhone duo, Apple also showed off its new Apple Watch Series 2, along with announcing a partnership with Nintendo for a new game heading to the iOS app store.
It didn’t take Apple long to cut to the chase during its dedicated event, introducing both phones side by side after a small amount of minor chit chat. As always, fans around the world were thrilled to see Tim Cook present both phones to the crowd – even if they do look somewhat similar to the iPhone 6 and 6s.
Following numerous leaks, there’s little that has proved a surprise in terms of how the phones actually look. As expected, the antenna lines have moved to offer a more solid rear chassis style, whilst the metallic construction has hung around. There's even a new gloss black style and regular black style if that's the colour you're hoping to grab.
Also, the headphone jack has indeed been removed, with Apple instead offering an adaptor which works direct through the Lightning Port which is now flanked by speakers on its base. Of course, if you don’t like the idea of using the Lightning Port for audio, Bluetooth headphones are another viable option.
Apple's new wireless airpods were also shown off, giving us a way of listening to music without any wires. They go as far as knowing when to play music or not, thanks to an infrared sensor built into them.
Like last time out, we get a 4.7” and 5.5” Retina HD screen to play with – depending on your iPhone choice. The screens are however a bit stronger than before, meaning cracked screens are less likely to appear. What’s more, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now both water resistant with an IP67 certification, meaning that it can last around 30 minutes underwater, thanks to its new design.
The last major change comes in the form of the home button at the base of the iPhone. There’s haptic feedback to let you know when you press it, and it responds to different levels of force as well.
If it’s specs you’re interested in, then the iPhone 7 won’t be a disappointment. The smaller phone rocks a 4.7” display with a super sharp retina HD display, whilst the bigger of the two sizes up at 5.5”, but it’s inside where the handset really comes into its own.
With an all new A10 chipset and iOS 10 as the operating system, both iPhones run quickly and without fault. What’s more, there’s no longer a memory issue to hurdle, with the minimum storage option upped from 16GB to 32GB – with 128GB AND 256GB options on offer too.
2GB RAM makes the cut in both models, whilst 3D Touch and Touch ID are both included for added quality. Like before, Apple Pay works with Touch ID – all of which is powered by extended batteries compared to previous releases.
Topping everything off is a 12 megapixel camera on each device, capable of taking high quality snaps even in low light. The 7 Plus however, gets a dual lens effort for added photo quality should that be something you’re after.
Both phones also offer 7 megapixel front lenses as well, making them the best selfie cameras ever to be released on an iPhone. Meanwhile, dual speakers are now on offer, adding 2x the volume compared to previous iPhones.
Whilst Apple has announced the phone now, pre-orders actually kick in on Friday 9th September, lasting for one week. This means that your new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus will be up for grabs on the 16th, which also happens to be a Friday.
You can pre-order your phone from Apple directly, or head to your nearest smartphone retailer, be it online or in-store. However, bear in mind that stocks will be low to begin with following the initial sales rush.