Apple has finally unveiled its long-awaited iPhone 7.The new device is indeed waterproof, and the larger model comes with an impressive dual-lens camera capable of of all kinds of photographic wizardry.
Controversially, Apple has removed the headphone socket from the bottom of the device, meaning you may have to rethink your headphone choices.
Apple has also ditched the 16GB and 64GB models, and introduced a new 256GB model – which has the same amount of storage as Apple’s top-of-the-range iPad Pro.
Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at an event in San Francisco on September 7.Customers in the UK will be able to pre-order the new phones from Friday, September 9, and the new devices will be available in shops from Friday, September 16.
Apple has also official announced the India launch date of the devices. Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will go on sale in India on October 7, 2016. Though the company has not revealed the pricing details of the smartphones in India, it has just announced that price will start at Rs 60,000 onwards. This means that iPhone 7 32GB version (which is the base model in terms of storage) will be available at Rs 60,000. In the UK, the iPhone 7 will be available from a starting price of £599 for the cheapest 32GB option. The 128GB version costs £699 and the 256GB version will set you back a whopping £799.
The smaller iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, while its larger sibling has a 5.5-inch display.The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Black colour options in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants. However, the new Jet Black colour variant will come only in 128GB and 256GB variants.
Apple has removed the plastic antenna lines from the back of the device. Apple has redesigned the Home button on the iPhone 7 – presumably in order to make the device waterproof. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will ship with a pair of wired headphones that plug into the charging port on the bottom of the device, as well as an adaptor for people who want to hang onto their old headphones.Apple has also launched a pair of wireless headphones, called AirPods, which are available to buy for an additional £159.
The iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel wide angle camera, which Apple claims is 60% faster and 30% more energy-efficient than previous models, and has 4 LEDS in the flash. Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have an IP67 rating, which means they are totally protected against dust and can be immersed in water to a depth of 1 metre.