This is the first iPhone 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 Plus 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 Plus has also made major improvements to its cameras. It has two rear facing cameras, a telephoto camera and a wide angle camera. Optical zoom is at 2x and digital zoom up to 10x. It also has optical image stabilization, new manual control options including support for RAW file types and Quad-LED True Tone flash. Its front facing camera is 7MP, perfect for uppping your selfie game.
||158.2mm x 77.9mm x 7.3mm
|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
||5.5" retina HD display with 3D Touch
Rear: 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
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 all about the dual camera. With iPhone 7 Plus, Apple is moving into the dual camera arena offering two 12MP cameras with one acting as a wide angle lens (28mm with f/1.8 aperture) and the other acting as a telephoto lens (56mm with f/2.8 aperture). You can in fact take images that use one of those lenses only or photos that blur both together. In fact, iPhone 7 Plus’ camera easily puts it at the upper end of the smartphone spectrum, it may even arguably be the best on the market.
- Its other most notable camera feature is the new zoom options exclusive to iPhone 7 Plus. Basically, it allows for greater zooming with less noise while adding a button to make zooming easier than just pinch to zoom. When you take a picture there’s a 1x button, tapping it takes you up to 2x zoom (using physical zoom) you can move the slider up to 10x, but physically zooming only goes as high as 2x. Now digital zooming works best in conditions with more light, for best results you should stick to the 2x physical zoom. But it is still very cool.
- 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 RAW images in its Lightroom photo editing app.
- Like iPhone 7, it’s Apple’s first foray into water resistant phones. Like iPhone 7, it has an IP67 certification, which means it’s sealed against dust and it’s built to survive immersion for up to half an hour in depths of less a metre.
- It offers those of you familiar with “storage space is full” error messages hope when purchasing the smallest storage size. Instead of a measly 16GB, you get 32GB on the smallest size and after that your options seriously increase. The larger sizes are 128GB and 256GB.
- It offers new colour options consisting of two variations of black, in addition to the now familar, rose gold, silver and gold options. (There is no Space Grey colour option). The first option is a matte black (it has the same grippy backing as the Space Grey did) that’s available on every size including 32GB version. The second option is the flashier of the two, a highly glossy (but not slippery), Jet Black version, it’s only available on 128GB and 256GB options.
- It has also made some technical changes to its displays including wide gamut standard and colour management. (Keep in mind that not everything like non-Apple apps is designed to take advantage of this, yet). 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 for everyone.
- It’s added dual speakers with one firing out of the earpiece and the other coming out of the bottom of the screen. This is an especially great addition given the lack of a standard headphone jack.
- It has a whole new taptic engine inside, which does more than the smaller one in the iPhone 6s 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 areas 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.
- It ships with iOS 10 right out of the box and that means a ton of new features and changes from the minor to the major. One of the more noticeable changes are those made to iMessenge which adds sticker packs, new animations and other features to make it more fun to communicate with family and friends.
- It has an all-new multi-core processor inside, which is the kind of thing it’s hard to translate into what it can offer. It has a two high power cores and two low power cores. It’s better at handling graphic-heavy apps and it’s faster, offering a smoother performance, compared with previous models.
- Future iOS updates (purportedly coming late in October) will allow a new bokeh mode to take further advantage of the dual camera in a way that allows you to artistically blur the background and keep the foreground laser sharp.
- 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.