The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Will Be Available in New Colour Variants
Apple axed the Space Grey colour variant we had been seeing up until the previous generation of the iPhone. Instead, the company has added two new hues viz. Black and Jet Black. While the Black model is matte, the Jet Black looks stunning (at least in the pictures) with its high-gloss finish. The Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold variants are still available.
A Quick Look At The Port and Button Placement
Both the new iPhones sport the same port and button placement. There a power button and the SIM tray on the right edge, while the left spine sports the volume keys and the mute switch. The bottom edge lacks a headphone jack, and sports a Lightning port and the loudspeaker grill, while at the top, you'll find another speaker. The antenna bands have been embedded into the top and bottom edges. The display is flanked by the signature home button below, and the usual assortment of front camera, sensors, and earpiece above.
Slimmer bodies and New Lightning Headphones
Now that the company has skipped the headphone jack, it's bundling the new iPhones with Lightning earphones. Additionally, you will get an adapter to be able to connect your audio peripherals with the 3.5mm jack. One of the reasons for omitting the headphone jack on the new devices was to account for waterproofing and allow for additional components like the Taptic Engine and larger battery, which we'll come to in a bit.
The New iPhones Are Water And Dust Resistant
The first in the history of iPhones, the iPhone 7 duo is IP67 certified, for protection and dust and water. That said, the company has announced that any damage to the smartphones will not be covered under warranty.
Wireless Audio with new Apple AirPods
The AirPods are entirely wireless earpods, powered by Apple's own W1 chip for wireless communication. The company is not bundling them with any of the phones, but they can be bought separately starting late October. The AirPods sport a built-in battery, and ship in a charging case. They easily connect to any nearby iPhone 7, 7 Plus or Apple Watch Series 2, with a single tap mechanism.
12MP Primary Camera on the iPhone 7
The 12MP sensor on the iPhone 7 utilises a 6P lens, and comes with f/1.8 aperture. The TrueTone quad-LED flash takes the game further, by sporting two warm-toned, and two cool-toned modules. There's a 7MP front-facing shooter, as well.
Dual-Camera Setup on the iPhone 7 Plus
Apple jumped on the dual-camera bandwagon like its competition and upgraded the iPhone 7 Plus with a pair of wide angle and telephoto lenses at the back. The latter features 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom for photos, and 6x digital zoom for videos. Apple will also be updating the camera app with a depth-of-field feature in the future which will allow users to blur the background while keeping just the subject in focus.
Force Sensitive Home Button
The mechanical home button on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has been replaced with a static one, and now comes with pressure sensitive Force Touch capabilities just like the recent MacBook. The vibrations delivered through the home button can also be customised to give a unique response to messages, ringtones and other settings. With the Taptic Engine API, Apple is allowing third-party developers to program the feedback from the home button into their apps.