Apple unveiled the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last night, and while the features on each phone are significant improvements on the iPhone 6, the exclusion of a headphone jack has sparked conversation.
The feature had been standard on every smartphone until now. Instead, both new models feature stereo speakers at the top and bottom of the phone and come standard with a pair of wireless ‘Lightning’ earphones.
Due to deterioration issues with the ‘Home’ button on previous models, the mechanical button has been replaced on both models with a pressure-sensitive circle.
The new A10 Fusion Chip will make the iPhone 7 two times faster than the previous model and will also improve battery life. Both models receive newer, better cameras, but it’s the iPhone 7 Plus that really receives the upgrade with a second camera lens included to allow 2x optical zoom.
Minor changes include the removal of all 16GB models in this series and the choice of a new colour for both models – ‘jet black’ – as well as an upgrade to make the phones dust and water resistant.
The iPhone 7 ($1079) and iPhone 7 Plus ($1269) will launch in Australia on September 16 with phones available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models.
What do you think? Are you impressed with the changes to the new iPhone? Or do you feel that is it the same old smartphone with just a few minor changes not worth thinking about?
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