Apple announces the iPhone 7 and more
Apple has just announced a range of new products at its keynote in California. If you missed the live broadcast, this is everything you need to know…
The biggest news was iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, both featuring a refined design, water and dust-resistance (IP67), and stereo speakers.
The smaller of the two, iPhone 7, boasts an eye-catching jet black finish, an improved home button, which now works with Apple’s pressure-sensitive 3D touch technology, and a 25% brighter Retina display.
The 12MP camera offers optical image stabilisation, meaning that even if your hands are a little shaky, you won’t see any blur in your photos. And if that’s not enough, there’s now a 7MP front-facing lens for HD FaceTime calling.
The added water-resistance is also big news for iPhone 7, which can be submerged in 1m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.
iPhone 7 Plus
The larger model, featuring a 5.5-inch Retina display, comes with everything the iPhone 7 does and more, most notably the much talked about 12MP dual camera.
Two lenses let you do more with your camera than ever, in particular creating that professional-looking DSLR blur. When you use both sensors at the same time, the camera creates a complete depth map, which, means you capture the foreground and background in full focus both at the same time.
Apple Watch 2
The curtain has just been lifted on a second series of Apple Watch. The new device doesn’t look too dissimilar to its predecessor with a square, customisable display, but the real upgrades have been made under the hood.
It’s now water-resistant up to 50m, with Apple claiming that the speaker grill will actively expel any liquid trapped inside. There’s now GPS built in as standard, and there’s also a range of new straps available in partnership with Hermès, and a fitness range in association with Nike.
Wireless AirPod earphones
Neither of the new iPhone models have a headphone jack, with the lightning port now being the standalone input on the base of the smartphone. But, fear not - it’s not the end of music on iPhone. Apple has announced a set of completely wireless earphones, called AirPods.
They take no setting up, feature no physical buttons, and automatically pause when you remove them from your ears. And you can talk to Siri by double tapping either EarPod while it’s in your ear.
And, what of their battery life? Answer - they’ll provide up to 5 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge.
Apple acquired Dr Dre’s Beats Electronics in 2014, and at this year’s keynote we saw the introduction of three new headphones - BeatsX, Solo3 Wireless and Powerbeats3 Wireless. Al three include Apple’s new W1 chip (also present in AirPods), which lets them wirelessly connect over Bluetooth to all iCloud-connected devices, like iPhone, iPad and Mac.