Apple announces iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: gorgeous new design, revolutionary camera, water-resistant
A gorgeous new color and finish
What's also changed is that the antenna strips on the top and bottom are a lot more discrete now and blend a lot better with the handset's shape. But much more importantly, the new iPhones are IP67-certified water-resistant. You still can't take them while scuba-diving, of course, but splashes of water or a quick rinse under the tap should not do them any harm.
Brighter, colorful displays
On the surface, not much has changed in the display area. The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch Retina Display, while the larger iPhone 7 Plus sticks to the 5.5-inch diagonal size. Resolution has remained unchanged, with 750x1334 for the former (326ppi) and 1080x1920 (401ppi) for the latter. However, the new display panels are 25% brighter now, peaking at 625 nits. In addition, they feature improved color reproduction, with wider color gamut. Both come with 3D Touch functionality, of course.
Performance: meet the Apple A10 Fusion
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are pretty on the outside and powerful on the inside. Both are powered by a new, quad-core chip named A10 Fusion – a solution built to be powerful, yet efficient. Two of its cores handle intensive tasks, while the other pair takes care of lighter loads by using 5 times less energy. Meanwhile, an Apple-designed controller decides which core handles what applications. For example, editing RAW images in Adobe Lightroom would take advantage of the A10 Fusion's high-performance cores, while the power-efficient pair would run when you just want to open your email.
A refined camera experience
There's no doubt that a great smartphone requires a great camera. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have that requirement covered – they come with a refined, 12MP shooter featuring optical image stabilization and wider, F1.8 aperture. Low-light performance should get a serious boost as a result, since the camera will be able to absorb much more light and to set slower shutter speeds. Besides, the new TrueTone flash now features 4 LEDs to deliver 50% greater illumination. Color reproduction is expected to be improved by a next-generation digital signal processor. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera has been given a welcome upgrade to 7MP of resolution.
However, the coolest camera feature comes only with the iPhone 7 Plus. Apple has blessed its larger iPhone with a dual camera setup. While one of the main cameras works normally, as it does in the iPhone 7, the second shooter is equipped with a telephoto lens for 2x optical zoom. That means you'll be able to get closer to subjects without sacrificing quality. And if you want to zoom in further, Apple boasts that it has improved its digital zooming algorithms.
Bye, 3.5mm jack! Hello, stereo speakers!
Just as rumored, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus don't have a standard, 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. Instead, the latest generation of EarPod headphones connect over the lightning connector. Now, there's no need to panic. First of all, Apple will provide a Lightning to 3.5-mm adapter in the box with every iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. And secondly, removing the jack frees up precious room inside the phone itself where other components can be fitted.
Now here's something Apple is admittedly proud of. The new iPhones promise to deliver the best battery life of every iPhone that has ever launched. On average, the iPhone 7 Plus lasts an hour longer than its predecessor, while the iPhone 7 should deliver 2 extra hours of use compared to the iPhone 6s. There's no word on whether the physical capacity of the battery has been boosted, but we're pretty sure that the aforementioned hardware improvements play their role.