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The iPhone 7 is actually a pretty big deal

The iPhone 7 is actually a pretty big deal

The latest evolutions of the iPhone, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, were unveiled in San Francisco earlier today. Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Water Resistance

Now, the iPhone can be ready for a sudden splash or a walk in the rain. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were designed to IP67 specifications.

New colors: Black and Jet Black

The new iPhones look gorgeous. Now, in addition to Silver, Rose Gold, and Gold, they can be purchased in Black and a glossy Jet Black color.

No headphone jack

We all knew it was coming, but now it’s official.

The most powerful chip ever in a smartphone

The new A10 Fusion processor uses four cores – two high-performance, two for efficiency – to offer very snappy performance and longer battery life. Apple claims that the iPhone 7 will get two hours more battery life than the 6s.

Way better cameras

Apple has included Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) in both models of the iPhone 7. Additionally, Apple promises better low-light performance and overall image quality. Much of this is thanks to Apple’s new Apple Image Signal Processor, which performs as many as 100 billion operations in 25 milliseconds – every time a photo is taken. The iPhone 7 features a 12MP sensor.

The Plus model features a dual-lens camera. Both sensors are 12MP, but one camera has a 2X optical zoom telephoto lens, enabling much sharper zoomed shots. Apple has also used machine learning to introduce a unique feature that mimics the shallow depth of field often found on DSLRs.

Better audio

The iPhone 7 has stereo speakers, making for a twice-as-loud audio experience. It’s also offers richer, clearer sound.

Apple Pay for Japan

FeliCa support for the iPhone 7 will likely please many Japanese customers, offering the convenience of one-touch payments.

Wireless AirPods

They look like EarPods, but without the wires. Apple claims the earbuds will offer five hours of listening on a single charge, and the included battery case enables an additional 24 hours of music. They have built-in microphone support, touch controls for accessing Siri and controlling music playback, and they use a custom Apple W1 chip to provide a mix of battery life and sound quality.

All of these features and improvements make for what is truly a big upgrade. What’s your take? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Apple. Image/video credit: Apple

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