Finally, after months and months of rumours the iPhone 7 is here!
Here at Star21, we’ve been playing around with the upcoming iOS 10 operating system in beta for almost 3 months, but this time we’re excited to learn more about the actual phones.
The iPhone 7 continues on with the iPhone 6 and 6S shape with the rumours being the big design change will be next year for the 10th annual iPhone release! But that hasn’t stopped Apple in making one of the most impressive iPhones yet.
Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are water and dust-resistant (IP67), meaning you’re free to get them wet without worry. That means you’ll be able to take either of them underwater for about 30 minutes, up to 1 meter deep.
Both new devices maintain the same aluminium body and share the same respective screen sizes of 4.7″ on the 7 and 5.5″ on the 7 Plus model. Both screens are 25% brighter than the 6S models and display a wider colour gamut.
Both of them feature a pristine, mirror-like surface and a high-gloss finish. Quite pleasant on the eye and to hold. As Apple said: “The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process,” according to the site. “Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.”
The iconic home button also makes a change and of course so does the Touch ID sensor. It no longer actually clicks, but simulates one via a vibration like the Force Touch trackpad on MacBooks. The Force Touch Home button offers Taptic feedback and this can be programmed via third-party applications to offer “new feelings and experiences.
The camera on both devices still stick out a little, but the most noticeable difference is on the 7 Plus version as it now feature dual cameras.
The iPhone 7 Plus has a better rear camera, though. It uses the same camera as the iPhone 7, but there’s another 12-megapixel camera next to it. This one’s a 56mm-telephoto lens with an f/2.8 aperture. What’s special is a built-in zoom feature.
When you take a picture, a 1x icon will pop up in the camera. You’ll be able to tap and drag this slider from 1x to 10x — that lets you zoom into spectacularly-detailed images for a better crop. The camera uses a 2x optical zoom, but it switches to digital zoom when you move closer to 10x.
Lastly the big one – The headphone jack. Well, we shouldn’t have called it “The big one” because on a whole it’s not that big of a deal. Most of us have Bluetooth headphones, most of our cars have Bluetooth, our stereos have AirPlay or Bluetooth and if that’s not enough, you still get headphones in the box. Not the standard 3.5mm analogue headphones – of course with no headphone jack- this time you’re getting headphones with a lightning connector to allow for digital sound! A very welcoming addition in this day and age; and you still get an adaptor in the box to connect older 3.5mm headphones.
Both iPhones (7 & 7 Plus) go on sale Friday, 16th September.