The most anticipated phone release of the year is finally here. As well as the announcement of a brand new Apple Watch 2 and the ability to play Pokemon Go, we finally know everything there is to know about Apple’s brand new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
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There’s loads new like a slicker design, better battery life and more useful home button. But these are the most important features of the new phones that you need to know about.
1. Say goodbye to your favourite cans
As rumoured, one of the most controversial announcements Apple made today was that the iPhone 7 will be the first iPhone without a headphone jack. That means you won’t be able to use your wired headphones with it unless you use an adapter.
Apple is providing one in the box, as well as a pair of Lightning EarPods. Unfortunately all of these plug into the same port you use for charging, so you can’t listen to music or watch Netflix getting your battery back up to speed. Bummer.
The idea is that we all go out and buy wireless headphones. These are great, but wired ones generally provide better sound quality. Still all the big headphone makers have jumped on the wireless bandwagon so it might be time to invest in a pair yourself.
In fact Apple itself is selling a pair that look like mini golf clubs called AirPods.
2. Better speakers
Phone and tablet speakers have always been a bit shit. Hearing tunes blasted out of one from the back of the bus turns even the most liberal of NME journalist into an instant old man (unless of course, it’s the N85 at 3am, then it’s likely to be us doing the blasting).
The good news is we now get to hear those songs in stereo thanks to a second speaker on the top of the phone. That means even if you haven’t got a Bluetooth speaker handy you can enjoy a few bangers with friends, especially since they’re twice as loud as before. No need to do that phone-in-a-pint-glass trick anymore then. Shame.
3. Apple Music is getting a revamp
All that new sound tech needs something good to listen to.
It’s going to be even easier to get around and find what you want. Offline playback is also a lot more reliable so you can still listen to your favourite tracks when the 4G is iffy. You can also create a wider range of personalised playlists.
One of the coolest features, though, is the ability to view song lyrics for Apple music songs. No excuse for misheard lyrics anymore, then!
4. It comes in two sizes
Apple announced two phones at its launch event, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. As you might imagine the Plus is a fair bit bigger than the 7. You’ll struggle to squeeze it in a back pocket.
This time, though, the phones have more differences than just size. The 7 Plus has an extra camera that’s very clever.
5. The cameras are better
iPhone cameras have always been good, but in recent years it’s arguable that Samsung and LG phones have surpassed them.
Apple is looking to hit back with improved selfie and rear snappers. It claims they are faster, more detailed and provide better colours than ever before. Crucially Apple claims they will also perform a lot better in dark conditions, like in a bar or restaurant.
There’s a third camera too, but only on the iPhone 7 Plus. This second snapper has a telephoto lens so you can get 2x optical zoom, getting you closer to the action if you’re at a gig without losing any detail that bog-standard digital zoom on previous iPhones did.
6. You can dunk it
Apple has taken a leaf out of Samsung Galaxy S7’s book and made the iPhone 7 water-resistant. It’s not quite as robust as its competitor though, it can only withstand a brief dunk in the wet-stuff. Still accidentally dropping an iPhone in the bath should no longer be a death sentence.
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