Apple just unveiled the iPhone 7 from an event in Cupertino. While Tim Cook hasn’t stepped on stage to discuss the device yet, Apple’s Twitter account spilled the beans early with the images you see above.
In a separate Tweet (screenshot below) Apple confirmed the device will be water resistant. In yet another slip, Apple suggested that the iPhone 7 will be available for pre-order today with availability coming September 16.
It also slipped up on the iPhone 7 Plus, which is now confirmed to have two special cameras:
We’ll be updating this live as news comes in.
Alright, now it’s actually official. Apple says it’s the “best iPhone [it has] ever made” and offers 10 major new features, including what Apple says is a new design. There are several colors including jet black, black, gold, silver, and rose gold.
There’s a new home button, too, that Apple says has been completely redesigned. It’s now customizable, Apple said, noting that it works using its own taptic engine that’s similar to Force Touch on Apple’s other devices, which Apple says will be useful for notifications.
As we already knew thanks to many leaks, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are water and dust resistant. It has an IP67 rating, which means it should survive a quick fall in the pool but probably shouldn’t be taken in on purpose.
Apple’s iPhone 7 features a new f/1.8 12MP camera that’s 60 percent faster than this year’s model. There’s also OIS, which previously was only included on the “Plus” models, and a new image processor. The flash has been upgraded, too, with a new quad-LED true tone flash that puts out 50 percent more light. RAW photos are supported. “This is the best camera we’ve ever made on any iPhone” Apple’s Phil Schiller said.
The front camera, too, has been upgraded. It now features a 7MP FaceTime HD module — up from 5MP — with its own image stabilization function and wide color capture, Apple said.
The iPhone 7 Plus, meanwhile, has its own special camera array. It features two separate 12MP cameras, including a telephoto lens and a wide angle lens. LG did this with the LG G5, and Apple says the goal here is to offer better zoom photos thanks to up to 2x optical zoom or 10x zoom using software. The cameras are capable of working together to create a depth map, something we’ve seen from HTC actually, to add a bokeh effect in portrait photos. That feature will come later, however.
The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also feature new Retina HD displays that are 25 percent brighter than earlier screens. They also support cinema standards for wide color gamut.
The rumors were true: Apple is ditching the headphone jack to instead rely on Lightning EarPods. This might come as a bummer to some, but at least the device will now offer stereo speakers. Also, if you already have wired headphones, Apple will include a dongle in the box that works with the Lightning jack. If you don’t want to use wired headphones, you can rely on Apple’s new wireless “AirPods.”
Both iPhones operate on Apple’s new A10 Fusion processor, which Apple says is the most powerful chip in a smartphone. Apple promises “console level gaming” thanks to a GPU that’s 240x faster than the GPU in the first iPhone, which launched in 2007. One such game to look forward to is F1 2016.
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