Apple has released the next generation of the iPhone at its annual event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco today – the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
At a launch event tonight, the company revealed an upgraded iPhone in a move aimed at capturing more consumers in an increasingly saturated global smartphone market.
Talking the audience through the phone’s new features, senior vice president Phil Schiller said it was the best iPhone ‘ever made’.
In India, the phones will be available from 7 October and the price starts at Rs 60,000 (32GB).
iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems. The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colourful iPhone display. Splash and water resistance.
Here are the other key features of the phone :
The most significant changes on the new phone include an upgraded camera, a new home button and the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The disappearance of the headphone jack “will probably annoy a certain amount of people” but they would likely get over it. Apple described dropping the jack as an act of courage as it moved toward a wireless future with the optional Air Pods. Getting rid of the jack also increased room for stereo speakers, and Apple sharpened the technology on most features.
Apple released the new wireless earbuds: AirPods with infrared sensors that detect when they’re in your ear and only play then. A chip connects the AirPods to your other Apple devices. The batteries last for 5 hours and the AirPods come with a charging case that holds 24 hours of charge (and will cost Rs 15,400 in India)
- The phone will be both water and dust resistant.
- New camera has optical image stabilisation – 6 element lens with f/1.8 aperture. 60% faster than previous iPhones.
- The iPhone 7 has a single lens (12MP rear camera) while the 7 Plus has a dual lens camera (wide angle and telephoto) and a new ‘portrait’ effect on the camera to add depth of field to photos.
- Apple says the 7’s battery will last two hours longer than the 6, and the 7 Plus battery lasts one hour more than the 6 Plus.
- It will have a 10 Fusion chip with a 64-bit four core CPU
- The iPhone will have stereo speakers for the first time, one at the bottom and the other at the top.
- It will be available in 32GB, 128GB, 256GB variants and in jet black, black, gold, silver, rose gold colours. The devices will be available starting September 16 in the US.
Soon it’s time to dump your previous I phones as this is a total game changer.