After all the speculation, rumors and last-minute “oopsie” leaks by Apple’s own social media team, the iPhone 7 has finally been revealed during the latest Apple event. I’ve been known to be kinda wordy on my blog posts, so instead of giving you a full recap of everything that was announced, here are the 10 things you need to know.
1. iWork Adds Real-time, Cross-Platform Collaboration
If you use Pages, Numbers, or Keynote in your organization/team, Apple has now flipped the switch on the ability to view, comment, and edit on documents as a group. No matter if you’re on a Mac, iPad, or iPhone, you now have Google-like live collaboration to your Apple world.
2. Apple Watch Series 2 is Water-resistant and adds GPS
No more neglecting your wrist when washing your hands – The latest Apple Watch looks similar, but has been re-engineered to include a faster processor and water-resitant capabilities up to 50 Meters. Now swimmers get to track their workouts too. The inclusion of a GPS now lets runners track their pace, distance, and route without strapping an iPhone to their arm. Apple Watch Series 2 starts at $369 and is available for preorder September 9th and shipping September 16th
3. Apple Adds Ceramic White Edition and Nike+ Watch
Apple also expands on its Watch line by adding a strong Ceramic white material that Apple says is four times as hard as stainless steel that won’t scratch or tarnish. Apple has also teamed up with Nike for a special version that caters solely to runners with special watch faces, complications, workout statistics, and deep integration with the Nike+ Run Club to get motivated by your running friends and other members of the community when it’s released in October.
4. New Wireless AirPods Announced
It was long suspected, now verified that Apple would remove the 3.5mm headphone jack. To compensate (and make some extra cash), the popular white-cabled EarPods will now also come in a wireless version that offer 5 hours of listening time (24 hours when holstered in the accompanied charging case), and added the ability to quickly and easily sync with all your Apple-branded devices using iCloud. You can still use wired Lightning headphones from Apple and other brands to physically connect to your iPhone, and Apple will provide a dongle that converts your regular headphones into a Lightning port, but if you want to go wireless, expect to pay $169 when the AirPods are released later in October.
5. iPhone 7 Name and Colors
The rumors and leaks were true. The iPhone 7 name has been confirmed and has added two new colors: a matte “Black” color and a glossy “Jet Black” color, that according to Apple will be a fingerprint/scratch monster:
…The high-gloss finish of the Jet Black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use…
6. iPhone 7 is Dust and Water Resistant with new Taptic Home Button
Following in the footsteps of other top-tier smartphones, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be both dust and water-resistant. Which means you can rest assured that dropping the phone in the sink, tub, toilet, pool, or ocean won’t be as damaging…so long as you scoop it back up within a reasonable about of time (read: immediately). Now the traditional hardware-centric home button has been replaced by a taptic (pressure sensitive) on-screen button that offers more precise tactile feedback, similar to the trackpad that’s currently on the new latest line of MacBooks
7. iPhone 7 Cameras Upgrades
Since seemingly everyone uses a smartphone as their main camera, Apple has improved on the already excellent 12 megapixel rear camera by adding optical image stabilization on both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (previously only found on the Plus version). To make sure the iPhone 7 Plus is extra special, it adds dual 12MP cameras that gives it the ability to do up the 10x optical zoom for better picture quality when zoomed in and focused on a single object. The front-facing camera gets a bump from 5 to 7MP on both versions.
8. No More Weak 16GB version
Apple has finally stepped its game up and got rid of its “not enough” 16GB storage version and replaced it with an entry-level, 32GB, followed by 128GB and 256GB versions for all you image hoarders.
9. Other iPhone 7 Specs You Need To Know
- 9.1 – 25% Brighter Retina HD Display
- 9.2 – New faster A10 64-bit, 4 core Fusion processor (2x faster than iPhone 6)
- 9.3 – No headphone jack. Lightning wired headphones or wireless only
- 9.4 – Stereo speakers finally makes it to the iPhone 7
- 9.5 – Longer battery life
10. iPhone 7 Pricing and Availability
All of that and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus keep the same entry-level price tag at $649 and $769 respectively and will be available for pre-order on Friday, September 9th and in-store a week later on the 16th.
I will skip on the AirPods until I see what other brands come up with. I will upgrade to the Apple Watch S2 because I want the faster watch with water resistance. I currently have the iPhone 6 so I’m most certainly upgrading to the iPhone 7. I’m just not sure what storage capacity (32GB or 128GB) and I’m not sure if I want to keep the smaller (pocketable) form factor in the iPhone 7, or do I want to take advantage of the super-duper fly camera in the iPhone 7 Plus.
What did you like the most/least of the Apple iPhone 7 event? What devices are you plan on getting?