Today, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7. Cosmetically, it’s not a large difference from last year’s model—besides a sleek new black option—but there are definitely some serious upgrades on the inside.
The iPhone 7 is water-resistant, and features a dual-lens camera system, stereo speakers, and no headphone jack, as expected per earlier rumors. Storage sizes have been boosted, starting at 32GB and going up to 256GB, similar to the iPad Pro.
“It’s the best iPhone that we have ever created,” said CEO Tim Cook in San Francisco today.
Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, says the redesigned device is the most minimalist, unified smartphone ever made.
Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, says the iPhone 7 has a new taptic engine home button that is more responsive and also customizable. He added that the new camera performs 100 billion operations within 25 milliseconds every time a photograph is captured. And the front camera is now 7 megapixels, up from 5. Only the Plus features two lenses. The dual-lens system enables up to 10-times zoom, as well as shallow depth of field.
The iPhone 7 may not have a headphone jack but will ship with a free Lightning-to-analog adapter.
The smartphone runs Apple’s new A10 Fusion chip, which is 40% than its A9 predecessor. The graphics performance is 50% improved—while using significantly less power. As a result the new iPhone 7 has the best battery life of any iPhone ever.
The new iPhone will be available September 16. Preorders start Friday. It will launch with iOS 10, which is released later this month. The iPhone 7 starts at $649. The 7 Plus starts at $769.