iPhone 7 (pictured with protective cover from i-Blason.)
It looks just like the iPhone 6, has an extra speaker, makes your current headphones useless. Is the iPhone 7 really worth it?
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Apple disclosed a number of critical details about its iPhone 7 this morning, though this isn’t anything close to an overhaul. In fact, you may decide to skip this round.
Instead, Apple is tweaking a number of different aspects to its iPhone 6, with the largest change a controversial shift from standard headphone jacks. Depending on your perspective, that could be a great reason not to purchase the iPhone 7, as it forces a host of different changes and inconveniences.
For starters, here’s a quick list of all the various iPhone 7 changes and enhancements:
- Available for pre-order today (September 7th); in stores September 16th.
- Storage: major increase, top storage level doubled.
- 4.7-inch iPhone 7 starts at $649 for 32 gigabytes, up to $849 for 256 gigabytes.
- 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769 for 32 gigabytes of storage, $869 for 128 gigabytes, and $969 for 256 gigabytes.
- iOS 10 arrives September 13th.
- Lightning port connector (NO 3.5mm headphone jack, which enables the stereo speakers).
- Stereo speakers (mounted in the base of the device).
- Lightning jack white earbuds included with purchase, as well as an adapter for 3.5mm jacks.
- AirPods will ship in late October for $159.
- No word yet on Beats Lightning port models.
- Not a redesign: The iPhone 7 will be very similar to the iPhone 6 in size and dimensions (see above). Outside changes to the lightning port, it’s actually hard to tell the difference outside of a shift towards glossy black (instead of more matte silver on the iPhone 6).
- Water resistant: ‘IPX7’ water protection is not water proof, but will offer some protection against splashes, including showers and quick dips into water (less than one meter deep).
- Models: iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices will be released initially.
- Colors/finishes: New “jet black” glossy finish; aluminum versions available as black, gold, silver, and rose gold.
- Upgraded cameras, with the Plus model stepping up megapixel capabilities with a dual-lens camera, optical image stabilization across all models, plus larger f/1.8 aperture lens that will let in 50 percent more light.
- Home button with ‘Taptic Engine’: Changes to include ‘force sensitivity,’ with active vibrations to give feedback. The physical button remains, however (contrary to rumors).
- Accessories: iPhone 7 cases, Bluetooth headphones, and other accessories are ready. Amazon has launched a complete page, a flood of options available.