Stop press: The iPhone 7 is here. Every Apple launch always comes with a flurry of excitement as the tech giant reveals the exciting new features that will be changing our lives, digitally speaking. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are no different with some amazing new features – and one quite controversial, big change (you won’t believe what they’ve done to the headphones!). Here’s everything you need to know...
Hands up if you’ve ever dropped your phone down the loo? This traumatic event has happened to too many of us (1 in 5 people to be exact) and now Apple has the answer: the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be water-resistant. We know. O-M-G. Apple says the new phone will survive a minute in a rainstorm or a quick dip in the toilet – but you can’t go deep-sea diving with it just yet (that’ll be the iPhone 8).
Get ready to seriously up your Instagram game: the new phones have been designed to let 50% more light into the lens, which means you can take better photos in low-lighting (perfect for those bar selfies) and take even sharper photos.
The iPhone 7 Plus – the 5.5 inch version of the handset – has not one, but two cameras. One is a wide angle lens. The other, a telephoto lens, which means you can take photos from further away and zoom in without compromising the image quality.
With both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, you’ll be able to film videos in 4K (think really sharp images) and you can live edit video files.
Apple has doubled the number of LEDs to four – two cool, two warm – in order to create a more effective flash, which also has a flicker sensor to make the flash look like natural light. Read: better selfies.
Hands down the most controversial change that Apple has made to the new phones is removing the headphone jack / socket. That means that instead of getting your traditional headphones included, you get a pair of ‘Lightning Earpods’ – wireless headphones with infrared sensors, which detect when each pod is in your ear and motion sensors, which detect your voice to use Siri to listen to music / make a phone call, etc.
These earpods needs to be charged in the Apple Airpods (wireless charging pods) that are included after five hours of use. So it means another thing to charge every night – and don’t get us started on trying to find them in our handbags! Still, this could mark a whole new era for wireless headphones.
Until now, most of us have just accepted that our battery is drained to the last 10% by 6pm every evening. No more! The new models will have the longest battery life ever in an iPhone.
An iPhone 7 lasts, on average, two hours longer than an iPhone 6s and an hour longer than iPhone 6s Plus – it will last 14 hours when using WiFi and 12 hours on 4G. The 7 Plus will last 15 hours on WiFi and 14 hours on 4G.
There are two new shades of black – a matte black and a glossy black – which will join silver, gold and rose gold as the five colour options for the phones. You’ll have to fork out more for the ‘jet black’ glossy finish, which will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models.
Customers in the UK can pre-order the new phones from 9th September, and they’ll hit the shops on the 16th September. Demand will be high, so you may have to wait a little longer to get your hands on one – if you’re due an upgrade, it’s definitely worth holding off a little longer.
In the UK, the iPhone 7 will be available from a starting price of £599 for the cheapest 32GB option. The 128GB version costs £699 and the 256GB version will set you back a whopping £799.
For the iPhone 7 Plus, the cheapest (32GB) model costs £719, followed by a 128GB model at £819 and then a 256GB model costing a whopping £919 in the UK. All of the mobile operators will of course be offering contract deals, so keep an eye out for those.