The first rumors regarding the iPhone 7 started to pop up shortly after the iPhone 6S was announced. Of course, at that time it was nothing more than pure speculation but as September 2016 drew closer, rumors started to become more frequent and more detailed. The thing with rumors, though, is that you can never be 100 percent sure what is true and what isn’t until the day the device is unveiled by its manufacturer. For the iPhone 7 that day is today – Apple finally debuted its latest iPhone.
The iPhone 7 is official with a new design, water resistant body and improved camera. The device will be available for pre-order this Friday.
The first thing you notice when you look at the iPhone 7 is a new design. The size and shape with rounded edges is actually very similar to last year’s iPhone 6S but rather than give the phone a typical matte finish, this time Apple opted for a glossy mirrored design. There’s also a new color option – Jet Black which is much deeper than Space Black from previous years. Apparently, the new design isn’t easy to achieve and it requires special production methods which include “rotational 3D polishing”, dyeing with a special capillary process and polishing with magnetized ultra-fine iron particles. In addition to Jet Black, Apple will also release standard black, gold, silver, and rose gold color options.
What’s even more important than new appearance, though, is the fact that the iPhone 7 meets IP67 requirements. It means that it’s dust and water resistant so it shouldn’t suffer any damage even when it takes an accidental dive in the pool.
Improved home button
The iPhone 7’s home button is now force sensitive just like the Force Touch trackpads used in recent MacBook laptops. To make operating the phone even more fun, Apple borrowed the Taptic Engine haptic feedback system from the Apple Watch and used it in the iPhone 7. It means that now the device is capable of providing different vibration feedback for various alerts.
Apple decided to keep resolution of the main camera the same as last year but added optical image stabilization and a brighter f/1.8 lens which will let in 50 percent more light than iPhone 6S’ camera. Moreover, Apple claims that the sensor is 60 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient which together with a new image processing chip and quad-LED flash should account for better photos. The front facing camera was upgraded as well and now has a 7-megapixel sensor along with automatic image stabilization.
The iPhone 7’s screen is the same size and comes with identical resolution as the iPhone 6S, though it’s 25 percent brighter and offers a wider color gamut. Storage option include 32GB, 128GB and 256GB – 16GB iPhones will no longer be available and neither will be 64GB variants.
There’s some bad news too. It looks like the rumors regarding Apple ditching 3.5mm jack paned out and the iPhone 7 sports a Lightning connector. It means that if you want to use headphones, you will have to either use a special adapter or go for Apple’s new EarPods.
Pricing and availability
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long for the iPhone 7. The device will be available for pre-order on Friday, September 9, and will start shipping a week later on September 16. Another good news is that pricing will remain the same as last year that is $649, $749 and $849 for the 32GB, 128GB and $256GB models, respectively.