Apple launches iPhone 7 and dual camera 7 Plus; says goodbye to 3.5 mm headphone jack

Apple earlier launched the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Check out their specs, features, and what changed from the 6th generation below.

Apple iPhone 7 Quick Specs:

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  • Processor: Quad-core 64-bit A10 Fusion Chip with embedded M10 motion coprocessor
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Memory: 32 GB (all colors); 128/256 GB (jet black color only) internal storage
  • Display: 4.7 inch Retina HD display with 1334 x 750 resolution @ 326 ppi
  • Cameras: 12 MP f/1.8 rear with optical image stabilization, six-element lens, quad-LED True Tone flash, sapphire crystal lens cover, backside illumination sensor, hybrid IR filter, body and face detection, and improved local tone mapping; 7 MP f/2.2 front with Retina flash, backside illumination sensor, and auto image stabilization
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-ion battery with up to 14 hours 3G talk time
  • Operating System: iOS 10
  • Connections: nanoSIM; 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO; Bluetooth 4.2; NFC; lightning connector
  • Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm; 138 grams
  • Colors: Rose gold, gold, silver, black, jet black
  • Features: Fingerprint sensor on Home button; IP67 water and dust resistant
  • Price: Starting price of GBP 599 or PHP 37,343 directly converted

The Apple iPhone 7 looks pretty much like its predecessor, with its rounded aluminum body being just a hair thicker across all dimensions and a wee bit heavier as well. Display also remains the same size with a 4.7 inch Retina HD panel with a 326 ppi density, only this time having a wider color gamut.

Its storage has been given a buff. Now, the base model will come with 32 GB of space as opposed to the previous generation’s 16 GB of starting storage. Higher tiers are available with 128 and 256 GB of non-expandable storage.

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The loudspeakers of the past have been ditched for stereo speakers, and (sadly, but not surprisingly) the long-time standard 3.5 mm jack has been removed in favor of Lightning connector-plugged headphones. The phone does ship with a compatible headset out of the box, but it also comes with a 3.5 mm to Lightning port adapter so traditional ear candy users need not worry.

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In terms of camera, Apple decided to go with not only more megapixels for its rear and front shooters, but they also brought a wider aperture to the primary one. This means shots from the 12 MP main camera will have more light to them. The company also said that the sensor is 60 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient. Meanwhile, the front apparatus has been given a bump up from 1.2 to 7 MP.

The iPhone 7 also comes equipped with the latest A10 Fusion chip touted to be 40 percent faster than the iPhone 6’s A8. From just two cores, the iPhone 7 now also comes with a quad-core processor so CPU intensive applications should perform smoother, all the while sipping less power.

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Lastly, the phone is IP67 dust and water-resistant. While it can’t compete with Samsung’s flagships in a diving competition, at least now it can be submerged up to one meter for 30 minutes, can have a drink spilled over it, and can be used in the rain without it frying itself.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Quick Specs:

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  • Processor: Quad-core 64-bit A10 Fusion Chip with embedded M10 motion coprocessor
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM
  • Memory: 32 GB (all colors); 128/256 GB (jet black color only) internal storage
  • Display: 5.5 inch Retina FHD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution @ 401 ppi
  • Cameras: Dual 12 MP rear (f/1.8 wide-angle and f/2.8 telephoto) with optical image stabilization, six-element lens, quad-LED True Tone flash, sapphire crystal lens cover, backside illumination sensor, hybrid IR filter, body and face detection, and improved local tone mapping; 7 MP f/2.2 front with Retina flash, backside illumination sensor, and auto image stabilization
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-ion battery with up to 21 hours 3G talk time
  • Operating System: iOS 10
  • Connections: nanoSIM; 4G LTE; Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO; Bluetooth 4.2; NFC; lightning connector
  • Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm; 188 grams
  • Colors: Rose gold, gold, silver, black, jet black
  • Features: Fingerprint sensor on Home button; IP67 water and dust resistant
  • Price: Starting price of GBP 719 or PHP 44,898 directly converted

The iPhone 7 Plus struts mostly the same innards as its smaller brother, though of course it comes with a bigger 5.5 inch Full HD Retina display and slightly thicker dimensions.

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Its most notable upgrade over the plain 7 is its dual 12 MP rear camera apparatus, wherein one is a wide-angle shooter with an f/1.8 aperture and the other is a telephoto shooter with an f/2.2 aperture. Apple says the dual camera system will allow for true 2x optical zoom with no loss in details and shots with shallow depth of field.

Pricing for the iPhone 7 starts at GBP 599 or PHP 37,343 directly converted, while the iPhone 7 Plus starts at GBP 719 or PHP 44,898 directly converted.

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