The iPhone 7: Everything You NEED To Know Before Ordering This Friday
After more than a year of speculation, Apple’s new iPhones are finally here. Predictably named the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple’s twin gadgets are glass-and-aluminum reflections of what’s come before. But in the few places where Apple does makes some changes, it makes some big ones.
For the first time ever, the new iPhone sticks with a mostly familiar design for three years running. But despite that exterior sameness, Apple does makes a gutsy gamble on improving, and completely removing, core features that have been part of the iPhone for nearly a decade. And yeah, it also comes in glossy black.
For better or worse, this is the 2016 iPhone.
As is tradition, Jony Ive delivered a wonderfully psychotic video to introduce the new iPhone, focusing on the new gloss finish and the redesigned camera housing. Apple’s Phil Schiller then ran down all the changes live on stage.
First up was design, Schiller confirmed what we already knew. Space Grey is out and Black is in. Apple also completely redesigned the home button, which has been the sole navigational button on the iPhone since 2007. Schiller says the new button is more reliable and customizable. With a new generation taptic engine, the button is now Force Touch sensitive. There are now unique feedback for messages, notifications, and ringtones. It’s a little vague exactly how this all works, but we’ll know more soon.
And a much needed feature is also here—the iPhone is now toilet proof. Apple says its re-engineered the casing so that the phone can survive most H20 plunges. And many accident-prone people rejoiced.
As you’ve likely guessed, Apple is sticking with an LCD Retina display, though much like the Apple Watch Series 2, it’s a much brighter display.
Then finally, Schiller got to the giant elephant in the room—audio. Apple couched the impending bad news by first talking about improved stereo speakers. Then came the Lightning-only earpods. Goodbye, headphone jack.
Schiller made certain we knew that there were over 900 million Lightning-connected devices from companies like JBL. But what if I wanted to use my headphones on, say, not an iPhone 7. Luckily, Apple will be including an audio jack adaptor in every box for the iPhone 7. Get prepared to lose it!
Schiller quickly began to explain the madness:
“The reason to move on comes down to one word—courage,” Schiller explained. “This is really important, our smartphones are packed with technologies...it’s all fighting for space. Maintaining an ancient analog connector doesn’t make sense.”
Apple says its vision for audio will be wireless. Hence, Apple AirPods. Apple’s new ear gear will work for up to 5 hours on a single charge and it’s included case will bring that number up to a full day. When you open the case, the iPhone immediately recognizes the AirPods. All you have to do is press “connect.”
Schiller says this is all possible because of a new chip called the W1. The AirPods can be set up so one pod answers calls or summons Siri and the sound is intelligently routed to the right ear when needed. In addition to the AirPods, Beats will also use the W1 chip in the new Beats Solo Wireless, Powerbeats 3 Wireless, and a new line called Beats X. The AirPods will be available in late October, starting at $160. These are NOT coming in the box.