Today was a huge day for the world! One of the world’s most renown companies, Apple has finally took the covers off its latest iPhone and has put all the months of rumors to rest. I’ll go in depth and highlight all the key changes and additions in the newest iteration of Apple’s flagship device!
No More Headphone Jack
This one surprised me a little. Even with all the rumors indicating that Apple would get rid of the headphone jack, I was never fully convinced that the company would actually go that route. Luckily, Apple has opted to include a pair of Lightning connected EarPods to go along with every iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. So at least on that end, consumers will have a decent amount of time to adjust and purchase Lightning adapters or Lightning enabled headphones. I guess the only caveat now is charging your device while listening to music.
32 gb Standard Storage
Finally! I don’t understand why it took so long for 32 gb to be the standard storage option. Flash memory has gone down in price in recent years, and even 32 gb is still super cheap for today’s standards. Still, I’m happy Apple finally made the change. No more 16 gb storage! Good-bye!
Two Speakers, Instead of One
This was uncalled for. There were numerous rumors about ditching the headphone jack, but I didn’t hear about a dual speaker system. This is actually really nice. Having stereo speakers will surely add to the overall experience so maybe consumers will want to listen to audio via the built-in speaker more often than not!
The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are IP67 rated, so a little raindrops here and there won’t break the device, but certainly don’t go swimming or dunk it in the water on purpose. This is more of a security addition than anything else.
Haptic Home Button
This is a feature first introduced in the latest Macbook. Basically, there’s a small motor under the home button that gives off a vibration when a certain action is done. It’s not necessarily game changing, but it does add a level of innovation that other devices do not currently have.
As always, Apple has increased the performance and quality of its already great camera. In the latest edition, both phones pack even better 12 mp cameras that are apparently supposed to be faster and better in more lighting conditions. However, the Plus version is a little different. Instead of one camera, it’ll pack two 12 mp cameras that will allow for up to 2X hardware zoom and 10X software zoom. This will make it much easier to capture subjects in the distance that are hard to see. Apple has also made changes to the front facing camera by making it 7 mp and supports Facetime HD.
Prolonged Battery Life
I think this is my favorite announcement of the iPhone. Call me crazy, but I think battery is the single most important factor that must be addressed when creating a device. No matter how powerful a device is, if you constantly have to worry about charging the device or how long it will last, then the device is almost useless. With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple is reporting up to 2 more hours of battery life which is actually a significant change considering how many hours people use their phones.
The iPhone 7 will start at $649.
The iPhone 7 Plus will start at $769.
Release Date: September 16th
For the first time in a long time, I was pleased with Apple’s announcement. I wasn’t blown away by anything, but a few pleasant surprises sure made me happy. The addition of two speakers instead of one, the increase in storage and the prolonged battery life are all great changes that I was glad to see. Of course Apple also put in a better processor and a few other things here and there, but for the most part the changes I listed are the main ones. That being said, I’m curious to see how the no headphone jack will be received and if Apple will be the one to change the way we listen to music.
Photo Credit: NPR