Yesterday at Apple’s event in San Francisco Tim Cook officially unveils the long awaited iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.
The phone will be available with a new jet black colorway, said Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple. It will also available in a more regular black shade. “We call it simply, ‘Black,’” Schiller said. It’s also available in gold, silver, and rose gold (read: pink).
The phones feature several hardware changes relative to previous models, including the much debated removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack in place of a second speaker grille, recessed antenna lines on the back, a “force-sensitive, solid-state” home button that works with Apple’s 3D Touch, and dual rear cameras on the larger model. But altogether, they don’t look all that different from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus released last year, or the 6 and 6 Plus from 2014
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus both carry optical image stabilizers, as well as six-element lenses, wider aperture, quad-LED flash, and a new Apple-designed digital signal processor (DSP), Schiller said. The phones both have a new 7MP FaceTime camera on the front, up from 5 megapixels. And they can shoot in RAW format.
The iPhone 7 Plus uses twin 12-megapixel cameras. The wide-angle camera uses a 28mm lens, and the telephoto lens comes in at 56mm. Optical zoom goes up to 2x, and digital zoom goes up to 10x.
Later this year Apple will release an update to iOS 10 that will make it possible for the iPhone 7 Plus to see Live Previews with bokeh, or blurred backgrounds, while taking portrait photos, Schiller said.
Storage has been upgraded rapidly: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The jet black option will only have the larger two options available. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus from last year are seeing their storage choices go up, too: 32GB and 128GB.
The iPhone 7 will start at $649, while the iPhone 7 Plus will start at $769.
Preorders begin on September 9, and they’ll be available on September 16. As for iOS 10, it will come out for everyone on September 13.
Also, Apple is expanding its iPhone Upgrade Program. It’s going beyond the U.S. and coming to China and the United Kingdom. It starts at $32 per month and is not tied to any carrier.
Source : VentureBeat