What to Expect from the Apple iPhone 7 in Seven Water Cooler Bullet Points
Yes, the headphone jack is gone.
So. Your iPhone 6 keeps dying at 28 percent battery, apps have started quitting unexpectedly and the home button has just stopped working. It must be time for the new iPhone to come out. Just as iPhones everywhere start living our their convenient two-year life expectancies, Apple announced the details of the brand new iPhone 7 (and iPhone 7 Plus) in San Francisco overnight.
Design-wise, it looks pretty much the same; the new model is the same size and shape and the home button hasn't disappeared (although it isn't clicky anymore) — the biggest change to the look is that it comes in some v sleek new colours (like "piano jet black"). Oh, and it'll have two cameras and be water resistant. Of course, Apple is calling this the best bloody phone they've ever invented. In their words it has the "best performance and battery life ever" (well, you'd hope so), "immersive" speakers (how immersive) and "the most powerful chip ever" that will make it twice as fast as the iPhone 6.
But enough with the brand speak. Here's seven details about the new iPhone 7 in dot point form that you can use for prime water cooler convo at work today.
THERE WILL BE NO HEADPHONE JACK — WE REPEAT, NO JACK FOR HEADPHONES
But you knew this was gonna happen already and have mourned the fact that you will ever have headphones on you at all because you will surely lose these wireless ones immediately. Apple's new-age headphones are called AirPods and they'll connect with all your Apple devices wirelessly. Siri will also live inside them, so you'll also be able to talk to them and get her to do stuff without touching your phone. Apparently they'll last up to five hours.
IT WILL HAVE NOT ONE, BUT TWO REAR-FACING CAMERAS
Why on Earth do you need that? To shoot a photo for one of those 'shot on my iPhone' billboards, of course. The iPhone Plus will be both a wide-angle and telephoto lens, and supposedly the phone will take a photo will both of them, and then allow you to choose your depth of field when editing, which is pretty cool. The regular iPhone 7 has had a bit of an upgrade too with a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture, which should make those sexy low-light photos a little more hi-res.
IT WILL COME IN NEW FIERCELY-NAMED COLOURS LIKE PIANO JET BLACK
In what seems way overdue, Apple are finally doing an all-black iPhone. Both matte black and a shiny piano jet black options will join silver, gold and rose gold.
IT'S GONNA BE WATER RESISTANT
Your long history of seeing off your iPhone in a death bed of rice may be over. The new model will be the first iPhone to be splash, water and dust resistant.
THE HOME BUTTON LIVES!
Sorta. Everyone thought the home button was going to be tossed out on this model — and while it still looks the same, the button isn't going to be clicky anymore. It'll be more of a touch situation (i.e. non-clicky). Apparently it'll still feel like it clicks though.
YOU'RE GONNA HAVE HEAPS MORE STORAGE
Everything can stay. Those cats at Apple have very generously doubled the storage so that the phones will be available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. Because 16GB was a crock anyway and we all know it.
YOU'LL BE ABLE TO PLAY SUPER MARIO
Even if you're not planning on upgrading your phone, just make sure you update to iOS 10 when it's released on September 13. According to The Verge Nintendo will release a new Super Mario Run — and it will only be available on iOS.
The iPhone 7 will be available from September 16, and keen beans can pre-order from September 9 here.
Published on September 08, 2016 by Lauren Vadnjal