Top 7 Features of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
1. Dust, Splash, and Water-resistance
The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are Apple’s first set of iPhones to come with IP67 certification meaning it can be submerged in up to 3.2 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It’s good to know that the company is trying to keep up with its premium Android rivals although the Samsung Galaxy Note7 has a higher IP68 rating that could be submerged deeper at 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
In addition to the dust and liquid-resistant enclosure, Apple also added two new finishes – black matte and high-gloss jet black.
2. New camera technology
Apple is implementing two new camera systems for each iPhone. The iPhone 7 features a 12MP sensor with OIS, f/1.8 aperture, six-element lens, and quad-LED True Tone Flash.
The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, gets more interesting. It has two 12MP cameras – a wide-angle, and a telephoto. Apple also adds Depth-of-field effect for shots with out-of-focus blur in the background. Sounds familiar?
As for selfies, it gets an upgrade as well, now with 7MP FaceTime HD camera for better resolution and Retina Flash for those selfies in the dark.
3. A10 Fusion Chip
New iPhones mean new chips. In the case of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it’s the quad-core A10 Fusion Chip. It features two high-performance cores which Apple says run twice the speed of iPhone 6, and two high-efficiency cores that consume one-fifth the power of the high-performance cores. Apple claims that it adds two more hours on the battery life of the iPhone 7 and up to one more hour on iPhone 7 Plus compared to the previous generation.
4. New stereo speaker system
The new iPhones are gearing up as a multimedia powerhouse as well with a new stereo speaker system that is two times louder than the iPhone 6s. Apple killed the 3.5 mm audio jack so users will have to make do with EarPods plus Lightning adapter combo, or as a wireless alternative, the AirPods.
5. New Force-sensitive Home button
Long time iPhone users will know how the physical Home button gets flimsy over time, and sometimes, to the point that it breaks and needs replacement. With the new iPhones, Apple is introducing an all-new solid-state button, meaning you can no longer press it down. And no moving parts means added durability. Instead, it uses a Taptic Engine to give you tactile feedback as you press. In addition, it is also pressure sensitive and can be customized for commands. And yes, fingerprint scanning Touch ID is still there.
6. Starts at 32GB, up to 256GB
Apple is letting go of the dismal 16GB internal storage and is now starting with 32GB. There’s no 64GB, but multimedia-heavy users can go for 128GB or the whopping 256GB.
7. Retina HD display
Apple still uses the same screen size and resolution since the 6 and 6 Plus – 4.7-inch (1334 x 750) and 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080). With the 7 and 7 Plus, the display boasts a new wide color gamut which Apple claims to deliver “cinema-standard colors” and is 25% brighter. We’re yet to see how it stacks up against its rivals, but it’s good to know that there are improvements made in this department.