iPhone 6 is now old news. Apple recently unveiled the "best iPhone it has ever made"--the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. So what's new with these 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models?
You can use it under the rain!
Catching up to other mobile phone brands, the iPhone is finally water-resistant... but don't take it on your next diving trip just yet. The key word here is "resistant". It is NOT water proof, which means that at best, the phone will only be able to withstand up to 30 minutes of being submerged in waters that is no deeper than 1m. Plus, water damage is not covered under the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus warranty.
A stereo speaker so you can crank it up!
The new stereo speaker system is twice as loud as that of iPhone 6's.
There is no headphone jack!
Doing away with the typical headphone jack, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will allow the connection of headphones via its Lighning port, which comes free with the phone, along with an adaptor. Riding on this change (and to make more money, duh!), Apple has also introduced the AirPods, which will be released in October.
Look Ma, no tangled cord to fuss about! (Image: Apple)
The wireless headphones can last up to five hours, and come equipped with a microphone and infrared sensors that will enable to headphones to play only when plugged into your ear. You can also connect it to other Apple devices. Purchase of the AirPods will also include a charging case. Sure, these babies may not have the annoying cable that usually gets in the way or gets into a tangled mess, but we foresee many people losing and misplacing them a lot easier too!
Dual-lens camera for Plus!
With a 12MP wide-camera angle and another 12MP telephoto camera, iPhone 7 Plus users will be able to take supersharp close-up photos. The improved digital zoom also allows you to go up to 10 times closer for photos and six times closer for videos.
While this new feature is only available on the Plus, the iPhone 7's camera is pretty decent too. There's the Optical Image Stabilization to help with all your blurry photo woes, plus the f/1.8 Aperture, which basically means that your pictures and videos will be twice as bright as the iPhone 6. Plus, all you FaceTimersand selfie fans will welcome the new 7MP front-facing camera, which also incorporates the Retina Flash, a feature that matches the ambient light to give you more natural-looking skin tones.
It comes in black!
Black... (Image: Apple)
... or Jet Black? (Image: Apple)
In addition to the usual silver, gold and rose gold, the new models are also available in two new options: Black (matte finish) and Jet Black (high-gloss finish).
A reengineered Home button!
The new button boasts force sensitivity, and will vibrate to give feedback.
You can store more stuff on the phone!
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with a minimum of 32GB storage. Larger options include the 128GB and the 256GB. Now you no longer need to worry about choosing which files to delete in order to free-up some storage space!
Here's the official iPhone 7 product film for you to drool over:
Now, for the bad news. Malaysians will have to wait a while longer before the model arrives on our shores... or you could head down to our neighbour, Singapore, where the phones will be available from September 16 onwards. Apple will also be accepting pre-orders beginning September 9. The price of the phone in Malaysia has yet to be announced but in the US, it will set you back from US$649 (for iPhone 7) and US$769 (for iPhone 7 Plus).