The new Apple iPhone 7: What you need to know

By: Andrea Brown
Sep 08, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus at a press event in San Francisco Wednesday on September 7, 2016. To date, Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones since the device was first introduced in 2007.

Apple is calling the iPhone 7 a major design change from previous devices but its just basically a few upgrades and doing away with the headphone jack.

Some of the highlights include a processor upgrade (a four-core chip called the A10 Fusion) and new screen Retina HD displays, which are 25% brighter than the previous versions. They’ll include wide colour gamut and 3D touch.

The standard storage is now 32GB storage and all of the other storage allocations are changing to 128GB. The iPhone 7 is also water and dust resistance with an IP67 rating forming part of an iPhone for the very first time. The phone will be available in black, silver, gold, rose gold and a new Home button has been added to the new handsets.

The biggest highlight may be the upgrades or changes to the audio. The iPhone & boasts dual speakers as well as intelligent wireless headphones called AirPods. The AirPods will now be connecting via the Lightning port. The AirPods contain the company's first wireless chip, the W1, plus dual optical sensors, two microphones, an antenna and five-hour battery life. The audio jack is gone, but Apple will be including an adaptor with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus if you still want to use your old headphones. The AirPods can detect double taps to connect to Siri, among other touch controls. And with a link to Apple’s iCloud services, setting up the AirPods once will enable them on all of your Apple devices.

A new line of wireless Beats headphones, titled Beats X that will use the same W1 chip as the AirPods was also introduced.

The iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus will be available to purchase from 16 September in the US with American buyers being able to pre-order from 9 September. The iOS 10 will be available from 13 September.

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