iPhone 7 upgrades just about everything, from case to camera to core

Bigger screens, better processor and no more analog jack. So much info ...

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Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus today and focused 10 major upgrades coming in the new product. So much information, so here we go.

  • Design: There is a new high gloss finish, with a seamless surface between glass and housing. Colors will be jet black, black, gold, silver,  and rose gold
  • Home button: Since it is used so  much, it is being completely redesigned. Not only will it do what it always has, but now it is also customizable, with force taptic feedback. The button can also now be programmed by thir party apps to give it specific functionality.
  • Water and dust resistant: Following IP67 Protection Standards, the phone uses all new seals and adhesives to make it less susceptible to the usual damage culprits.
  • Camera:
    • Apple hit this one hard. The iPhone 7 has one lens, optical image stabilization, and a 1.8 aperture allowing 50% more light. It has a six-element lens for sharper images, and a 12MP sensor. It is 30% more energy efficient, and has a flicker sensor for videos and images to compensate for low and variable lighting. It has quad LED true-tone flash, and can capture wide color and tones with automatic noise reduction. And here's the kicker: The phone does 100 billion operations in 25 milliseconds with each photo.
    • The front facing camera for selfies and FaceTime is upgraded to 7MP and has auto-image stabilization.
    • The iPhone 7 Plus will have two cameras, one specifically for zoom. 1X is set automatically for wide angle. But a button in the camera app allows a tap to take 2X photos. Zoom from 1X to 5X with software zoom with the wide angle and 2X to 10X with the telephoto lens. Both lenses will work together for stereoscopic imagery, with the camera app adding a portrait option to provide a depth effect and background blur.
  • Display: The iPhone 7 will have a 4.7” Retina HD display, with the 7 Plus offering a 5.5" display. Both will be 25% brighter.
  • Audio: The speakers are now in stereo, with one on top and one on the bottom. It will offer twice the volume of 6S.
  • Ear pods: The analog jack is gone. The phone now connects with a Lightning digital audio connector. In addition, for older models, a Lightning to mini adaptor will be included in every box. The reasoning is that the analog jack was taking up a lot of space, and with technology moving to wireless, the next logical step was to remove the jack.
  • Wireless: No more tethering to wires. Apple introduces new Air Pods with proprietary W1 chipset. Infrared sensors will detect when the pods are in the ear, so sound will start the minute they are in. Both have a microphone, so either can be used for Siri commands or talking on the phone. They offer 24 hours of battery life. five hours of actual use. Air Pods will connect to Watch and iPhone, with a one-step setup. Beats has also created its own brand of wireless pods to go with the iPhone for 40 hours of listening.
  • Apple Pay: Apple is working on making the process easier to use in a variety of ways, but more details will come later.
  • Specs: And finally, the hardware. The new A10 Fusion chip is a 4-core CPU, with 3.3 billion transistors. Two of the cores are designed for energy effienciency to improve battery life. The A10 is 40% faster than A9 and 2X faster than A8. It is 120X faster than original iPhone. In addition, the iPhone 7 will have a 6-core GPU offering dynamic lighting and particle effects. The battery provides two more hours of use than the iPhone 6S, and one more hour than the 6S Plus.

The iPhone 7 will sell for $649, and come in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models. The 6S will also get a storage boost to 32GB and 128GB. Pre-orders start September 9, with shipping on September 16.

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    September 7, 2016 12:25 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, iPhone 7 upgrades just about everything, from case to camera to core

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      September 7, 2016 12:55 PM

      Good article and description of the changes.

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      September 7, 2016 1:11 PM

      In the first bullet point it says, "Colors will be gold, silver, and rose gold" but you left out the two blacks.

      • ArB
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        September 7, 2016 1:16 PM

        mr.sleepy, what are your thoughts on this?

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        September 7, 2016 1:17 PM

        doesn't case color depend on internal memory amount?

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        September 8, 2016 3:40 AM

        It's available in black... Or slightly darker black!

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      September 7, 2016 3:45 PM

      Thank you for this! I missed the event this morning and its hard to get good information from the chatty thread about it! :D

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      September 7, 2016 7:50 PM

      can we not see articles about this, on a game website?

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        September 7, 2016 8:15 PM

        Are you for real? Lol

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        September 7, 2016 8:45 PM

        but it has Mario now!

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        September 7, 2016 9:05 PM

        I can dig it

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        September 7, 2016 10:15 PM

        It's a major mobile gaming platform

        • rms
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          September 11, 2016 6:21 AM

          This justifies it for me. I also don't want the front page to degenerate into random tech & social media blurbs, though

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        September 7, 2016 10:17 PM

        you still consider this a "news" site. that's cute

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        September 8, 2016 4:12 AM

        It's a gaming phone

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        September 8, 2016 6:21 AM

        request denied

      • Ziz
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        September 10, 2016 7:20 AM

        but you can play games on it!

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      September 8, 2016 5:45 AM

      Good article, but i'm pretty sure the 7 starts at 32gb, not 64gb.

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      September 8, 2016 5:47 AM

      Uh oh. Sounds like The black, glossy model scratches easily.

      #Scratchgate!!!!

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      September 8, 2016 9:05 AM

      Why on earth remove the headphone jack?

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      September 7, 2017 12:06 AM

      When I plug my iPhone 7 Plus into my car's ('15 Jeep Grand Cherokee) USB port, the artist/song/podcast information appears on the screen, but the audio only plays through the phone's speakers (but not this one https://cozzy.org/best-car-speakers/ ) I confirmed that my settings are all the same as they were on my 6s Plus, which played with no problems through the USB connection. Bluetooth streaming works fine - no issues at all. Any ideas, or is this a similar issue to the one people are having with CarPlay?