Apple held its iPhone 7 keynote event on Wednesday and introduced several new gadgets and software items. Here’s a look at what was announced.
The new iPhone 7 has a “newish” design with a high gloss finish that you can see below, or you can get it without the gloss, too. You can get it in gold, silver, and rose gold. The Home button has been redesigned, has taptic feedback making it more responsive, and it is customizable. It’s water and dust resistant. There is a new chip inside called A10 Fusion 64-bit with four cores as well as an improved GPU. The company claims it is 240x faster than the original iPhone.
The rear camera includes optical stabilization, wider lens, and a 12-megapixel sensor for much better photos. The front camera is 7-megapixels. The iPhone 7 Plus has two rear cameras for easy zooming ability.
The Retina HD display is 25% brighter than the iPhone 6 with richer color and 3D touch. It now has stereo speakers for better sound. New EarPods connect via the lighting connector (no more headphone jack but an analog jack to lightning adapter is included in the box).
Another new product is called AirPods which are wireless EarPods that can connect to your phone or watch.
What is the Cost?
The iPhone 7 starts at $649, and the iPhone 7 Plus is $769 and pre-orders start this Friday and shipping will start September 16th. iOS 10 comes September 13th. Also, notice there is no longer a 16GB model. They now start at 32GB and goes all the way up to 256GB
Apple Watch Series 2
The company also announced Apple Watch Series 2 that is waterproof. It includes a dual-core processor, new GPU that’s 2x faster than the original watch. It also has a new display that’s twice as bright and clear as the original and includes built-in GPS. You can get it in aluminum, stainless steel, and ceramic. The new model will start at a cost $369.
Apple Music is being updated in iOS 10 which the company touts has 17 million paid subscribers. Apple is teaming up with Nintendo and bringing Mario and other games to the app store.
Also announced was a new Apple Watch operating system called WatchOS3 that contains a lot of new features, apps, and games.