This is the first iPhone 7 with water resistance. It is IP67 certified, which means it can withstand immersion in water for about half an hour at depths less than one metre. It also has better storage options, you can choose from 32GB, 128GB or 256GB.
iPhone 7 also comes in new colours. You can get yours in shiny Jet Black or classy Matte Black or Gold or Rose Gold or Silver.
iPhone 7 has also made major improvements to its cameras. Its 12MP rear facing camera now comes with Optical Image Stabilization, manual options including support for RAW file types and Quad-LED True Tone flash. Its front facing camera is 7MP, so you can put your best selfie forward.
||138.3mm x 67.1mm x 7.1mm
|What's included in the box
||iPhone with iOS 10, EarPods with Lightning Connector, Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, Documentation
||4.7" retina HD display with 3D Touch
Rear: All-new 12MP camera
A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M10 motion coprocessor
||Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
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||4G LTE : (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30)
4G UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
2.5G (GSM): 850MHz / 900MHz / 1800MHz / 1900MHz
- It’s Apple’s first water resistant iPhone with IP67 certification rating. What that means, is that it’s sealed against dust and able to withstand 30 minutes of immersion in water less than one metre deep.
- It finally offers hope for those buying the smallest storage size. Instead of starting at 16GB, the smallest storage size is 32GB, with larger sizes jumping to 128GB and 256GB respectively.
- It offers new colour options consisting of two variations of black, in addition to rose gold, silver and gold options. (There is no Space Grey colour option). With 32GB storage size you can choose a flat, matte black that kind of has a secret agent aesthetic or the standard three other colour options. Any of the other storage sizes include those four colours and a super-glossy jet black option.
- While on the surface it may seem like the rear camera hasn’t changed that much because it’s still 12MP, it in fact has been entirely redesigned. Its camera sensors are now 60% faster and 30% more power efficient. Your aperture is now f/1.8 and a 6 element lens which lets in more light, coming in handy in low light situations. And it adds optical image stabilization, which was previously only available on the iPhone Plus models.
- Its front-facing camera has made the leap to 7MP. Other notable tweaks for amateur and expert photographers include a new and improved ISP, which means better white balance, autofocus, auto-exposure, face recognition, and object discovery, among other features. Also added is a 4-LED flash to improve your low light pics. And it’s finally added support for new manual features including RAW support.
- It has also made some technical changes to its displays including wide gamut standard and colour management. If that sounds like word salad to you (it sounds like that to me too), what it means is deeper, richer, truer to life colours. Its display is also brighter than previous versions, but it’s not a major noticeable change.
- It has added dual speakers with one firing out of the earpiece and the other is on the bottom of the phone. Sound comes through these speakers crisply and cleanly. Dual speakers make it easier to listen to music or podcasts or watch videos without dealing with the whole lack of wired headphones thing.
- It has a whole new taptic engine inside with a slew of new features to go with it. One of the cooler features gives you haptic (touch-based) feedback (like vibrations) in various places including games, so that firing one type of gun in a first person shooter game will feel very different from firing a different type of gun. All in all, some of the new haptic feedbacks work a bit more like touch versions of transitional animations, like the buzz you get when getting to the end of a list.
- As for iOS 10, easily the most notable change is with iMessage. The new version of iMessage, now includes sticker packs and a whole bunch of fun new ways to contact friends and family.
- It has an all-new processor inside, which is the kind of thing it’s hard to translate into what it can offer. But basically, it’s better at handling graphic-heavy apps and it’s faster. All in all, it offers a smoother performance, compared with previous models.
- With the new taptic engine, it’s open for developers to design apps that make use of it, which can help you get a more exciting device, once they’ve had a chance to make apps that use it to their advantage and yours. The new wide colour gamut support is open for use by other app developers, so they too can completely overhaul how they process photos. Instagram has already decided to support it.
- It’s true, the headphone jack is gone. But Apple has made some concessions and you will have some different choices for adding different kinds of headphones, so see the section below.
What’s the deal with headphones now?
In the box with every iPhone 7 you get wired Ear Pod headphones (that plug into the Lightning port) and a dongle that allows you to plug your wired headphones into your iPhone 7 using the Lightning port. Now you are not limited to using your iPhone with only Apple’s own Ear Pods. You can use that same Lightning port to headphone dongle to connect any other wired headphones you own. And replacement dongles are just $10. You can also use your Bluetooth connection to pair with the wireless headphones of your choosing.
Finally, you can choose wireless headphones from Beats that still use Apple’s proprietary W1 Bluetooth connection, to pair quicker with a single tap or you can purchase Air Pods from Apple. Air Pods are basically Ear Pods, well they look like them, but without a cord attached. They also use the proprietary W1 connection and they come with a case that can charge them for 24 hours.
- You will never have to deal with tangled wires again, at least in terms of headphone wires.
- As mentioned above they pair quickly and easily with a single tap.
- They also have a microphone allowing you take calls without removing them and making it easier to have hands-free calls.
- They are built with noise cancellation in mind, keeping the outside world from interrupting your ability to rock out.
- They also have built-in Siri, so it’s easy to use her to complete tasks on your behalf.