The Apple iPhone 7 has officially been revealed in San Francisco, with the major talking point being the removal of the headphone port, as the world’s most valuable company pushes its wireless earphones to customers.
It was widely rumoured for a long time that the iPhone 7 would see Apple ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack that features in just about every phone, and the official unveiling confirmed this. Wired headphones will now need to plug into the lightning connector – the port used to charge the iPhone.
Thankfully, Apple supplies EarPods which plug straight into the lightning connector, and also included in the box is a lightning-to-3.5mm-jack adapter, so you can still use your own headphones if you want to.
But why has the tech giant taken the bold step of removing the port? Quite simply, it frees up space within the phone for a larger battery and other components, as well as to help make the phone water resistant to 1m. On top of this, Apple hopes to spark a change, nudging people to use wireless earphones – more specifically, its new Airpods.
It remains to be seen how well these are received, because they cost a fairly mighty £159, and I can’t help but feel they’ll be easy to lose. However, Apple has shown that the Airpods are able to connect much quicker than normal Bluetooth earphones, as well as offering a range of convenient features.
The main camera on the rear has 12MP still, but an increased aperture, leading to better low-light photos, and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) looks set to greatly improve the iPhone’s photography capabilities. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera receives a slight boost, going from 5MP to 7MP, increasing the quality of your selfies.
Importantly, the battery capacity receives an upgrade, having been one of the major complaints among iPhone users. In addition to this, the memory storage options have increased, with the much-criticised 16Gb option removed. The new options are 32Gb, 128Gb and 256Gb of internal memory, with no SD card slots present, although this is the norm with iPhones.
The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch display, while the 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch display, and all-in-all they look excellent, especially in the new colour option, jet black.
So how much?
For the iPhone 7, prices range from £599 to £799, depending on how much memory storage you choose, while prices for the iPhone 7 Plus range from £719 to £919.
The iPhones can be pre-ordered from 09 September, and go on sale on 16 September.
Also unveiled in California was the new Apple Watch Series Two, which is water resistant to 50m and contains a more powerful processor.
It appears that Apple has moved to make this version more fitness-orientated, rather than prioritising it as a fashion statement, with no outrageous, gold-plated version (costing $10,000) available this time.
While the original Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch around, sales have fallen significantly, and so Apple will be hoping this latest version can turn things around.
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