Apple announces water resistant iPhone 7 with pressure-sensing home button, dual cameras, jet black finish — The just-announced iPhone 7 series features a number of upgrades throughout, including a new jet black glossy finish option (shown above), a click-free pressure sensitive home button, and the best mobile cameras Apple has ever offered.
One model has a new glossy jet black finish, plus there is aluminium with a black logo, and gold, silver, and rose-gold finishes [‘pink’ doesn’t sound as good.] They all have subtle, integrated antennas.
The home button has been completely reengineered with a force sensitive design and new generation Taptic Engine. This features quick actions like moving widgets, messages, notifications, and ringtones and it can be programmed by third-party applications with the release of a new Taptic Engine API.
IiPhone 7 is water resistant, keeping out liquid and dust to prevent damage.
No headphone jack — As strongly rumoured, iPhone 7 has no headphone jack. It will ship with Lightning-connected EarPods in the box, as well as a Lightning-to-headphone adapter for those using preferred headphones/earbuds. Apple will sell separate AirPod Bluetooth headphones alongside the iPhone 7.
Camera — iPhone 7 has optical image stabilisation in all models with a larger f/1.8 aperture lens letting in 50% more light. There’s also a new six-element lens, and a high-speed 12-megapixel sensor that’s 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient.
The True Tone flash features four LEDS that put out 50% more light. It has a ‘flicker sensor’ that reads the flickering of artificial lighting to compensate for it in photos and videos.
The camera is powered by an Apple-designed image signal processor that detects faces and bodies, sets exposure, sets white balance, captures wide color, reduces noise, and much more.
The forward-facing [ie, Selfie] FaceTime HD camera has been upgraded too, to 7 megapixels (up from 5). It also includes new pixel technology like deep trench isolation, and can capture wide-colour-gamut images and has auto image stabilisation.
The bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus ups the ante with two 12-megapixel cameras. One has a wide-angle lens, the other is telephoto. This allows users to change the focal length of the lens, bringing optical zoom to the iPhone for the first time.
Combined with software zoom, images can be enhanced up to 10x, doubling that of the previous iPhone’s capabilities. Optical zoom maxes out at 2x. (As cribbed from Apple Insider.)
NZ prices availability (from the official Apple press release) — iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models starting at RRP NZ$1199 inc.GST for iPhone 7 and RRP NZ $1429 inc.GST for iPhone 7 Plus, and the new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models from Apple.com, Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers.
• Customers will be able to order iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus beginning Friday, 9 September, with availability beginning Friday, 16 September, in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.
• The new Apple-designed wireless AirPods including charging case will be available for RRP NZ$269 inc.GST from Apple.com beginning in late October. All iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will include EarPods with Lightning Connector and a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, also sold separately at Apple.com for RRP NZ$49 inc.GST and RRP NZ$15 inc.GST, respectively.
• Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours will be available starting at RRP NZ$59 inc.GST and iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case will be offered in black and white for RRP NZ$169 inc.GST from Apple.com. Lightning Docks in several colour-matching metallic finishes will also be available for RRP NZ$95 inc.GST.
• Every customer who buys iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup online3, to help them customise their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more.