As had been widely rumoured, Apple confirmed the removal of the headphone jack from the next iPhone, instead supporting wired earphones that plug into the Lightning port.
In terms of its battery life, Apple promised that both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will have the longest battery life ever in history of the Cupertino-based company.
Eliminating the standard analog jack freed up some space inside the new iPhones, allowing Apple to increase the battery size and add another speaker as it redesigned the interior of the device.
By comparison, prices start from $649 in the USA for the iPhone 7 and $769 for the iPhone 7 Plus – these directly convert to £490 and £579 respectively, suggesting the United Kingdom is paying a premium for the handsets compared to customers in the States.
While today’s Apple event was all about the iPhone 7 and second-generation Apple Watch, Apple quietly updated its iPad line in a subtle yet important way. It promises to be water-resistant up to 50 meters and will include built-in Global Positioning System functionality.
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced each of the products, and various members of the company went more in-depth in the presentation. Watches will also feature a dual-core processor, a brighter display and built-in Global Positioning System.
iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch display with 3D touch, while iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 3D touch. It will be shipping ion September 16.
After witnessing a price hike for the OnePlus 3 in Britain following the vote to leave the European Union, UK consumers are getting hit again with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. We reached out to Apple to confirm this but at the time of publication had not heard back. The phone is also water and dust resistant.
Most importantly, the iPhone 7 now comes with an upgraded 32GB storage, compared with the measly 16GB storage of iPhone 6 and the other previous models.
Apple’s senior vice President Phil Schiller said the decision to abandon the humble headphone jack took “courage”, but for the near future, at least, it’s going to cause a lot of frustration.
Double-tapping your Airpod will activate Siri.