Apple announced their newest additions to the iPhone family on September 7th, and the devices are packed with many new features and upgraded utility. They announced the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, both of which provide unsurpassed mobile functionality. But what exactly is new about these stellar devices?
Before the iPhone 7, the iPhone 6 line was available in three distinct colors that included Rose Gold, Space Grey, and Gold. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are both available in these amazing colors, and the addition of these new phones brings two new colors as well, which are Black and Jet Black. The Black finish is more of a flat black, while the Jet Black is more glossy and deep.
The capacity for the older iPhone lines has always been a brief point of contention. The lower level models were thought to have too little storage for even minimal use, so those capacities have been increased by a significant amount. In fact, the original capacities were doubled for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
The available capacities of these devices are listed as 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, which is far higher than previous editions of the iPhone. However, the Jet Black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are only available in 128GB or 256Gb configurations.
The sizes of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus haven’t changed much since the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The iPhone 7 measures:
- 5.44 inches long
- 2.64 inches wide
- 0.28 inches thick
- 138 grams
The iPhone 7 Plus measures:
- 6.23 inches long
- 3.07 inches wide
- 0.29 inches thick
- 188 grams
The sizes of the 6S and 6S Plus are actually identical to the sizes of the 7 and 7 Plus, respectively, but the newer devices are about 5 grams less each than their older counterparts.
The display for the new devices has been upgraded with a new wide color gamut, and the maximum brightness has been bumped up to 625 cd/m2 as compared to the 500 cd/m2 available on the 6S and 6S Plus. The 7 features a 4.7 inch display, and the 7 Plus has a 5.5 inch display. Both screens feature MultiTouch and Retina technology that was developed by Apple.
Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can display multiple languages simultaneously, and their screens are oleophobic, which prevents fingerprints from marring the device. The display also has a feature that allows the user to zoom in easily, and it has the Reachability feature that was recently introduced by Apple.
Unlike the older versions of the iPhone, the newest models are rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529, which means they are resistant to splashes, dust, and direct contact with water. It is important to note that the new casing of the device makes it waterproof, but standard wear and tear may remove that resistance.
The new processor for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is called the A10 Fusion chip. The chip has 64-bit architecture, which is the current premium standard for digital devices. It also includes an embedded motion coprocessor called the M10. Together, these components form the full processor.
The older versions of the iPhone, like the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, were loaded with the A9 chip and M9 coprocessor, and this new chipset is a big leap forward in utility and reliability.
The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus included a powerful 12MP camera on the rear of the device, and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have an advanced version of that same 12MP camera. The 7 Plus includes a wide-angle and telephoto lens, which allows the device to perform much more comprehensively when it comes to zooming, color balance, and lighting.
The iPhone 7 is capable of 5x digital zoom, which is the same as its predecessors. However, the iPhone 7 Plus is the first iPhone to include optical zoom. The device provides 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom.
Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus include a six-element lens, and they offer optical image stabilization as a result of the expertly designed lens rig. The flash is handled by a quad-LED True Tone flash that is able to perfectly match skin tone and surrounding color schemes.
These phones are capable of capturing panoramic photos of up to 63 megapixels, and the lens cover for the camera is made from scratch-resistsnae sapphire crystal. The devices also feature a rear illumination sensor and a infrared filter.
With Focus Pixels, the user can tap to focus on any part of a potential photo, and the camera will automatically focus the camera where it finds the best location. The devices can even capture Live Photos with wider color spectrums and more stabilization than previous models.
Body and face detection has been improved dramatically for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and the devices have improved mapping of local color tones. They feature automatic noise reduction and exposure control, as well as auto HDR and stabilization for all photos. The camera app includes both a timer mode and a burst mode, and all photos can be geotagged with their location.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can capture video with identical precision and ability. They can record at 4K resolution at up to 30 frames per second, 1080p video at 30 or 60 fps, and 720p video at 30 fps. The optical stabilization system that works for photos also works for videos, and the iPhone 7 Plus has 2x optical zoom and 6x digital zoom.
Video can be recorded in slow motion at 120 fps for 1080p video or 240 fps for 720p video. Time-lapse footage is also possible, and the video stabilization prevents time-lapse videos from appearing shaky or wobbly. When capturing video, the autofocus mechanism is continuously operating.
Video capture includes the same body and face detection software used for capturing photos, and the noise reduction feature works for video as well. When you are using the video camera to record in 4K, you can take still images during the recording that will be a full 8 megapixels.
One of the most interesting features of the video capture element of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is that you can zoom in on videos once they have been recorded. During playback, you can zoom in to get a better look at what you’ve recorded. Videos can also be geotagged with specific location information.
Front Facing Camera
The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has received a significant upgrade from the older iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Where those devices only had a 5-megapixel camera, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus features a 7-megapixel front-facing camera. It can now record video in 1080p, which is a step above the old max resolution of 720p.
The flash for the FaceTime camera is issued from the display itself, so there is no need for additional LEDs. The camera can create Live Photos and has an aperture of ƒ/2.2. It automatically creates HDR images, and it has a rear illumination sensor. Like the other cameras on the phone, it has a burst mode, timer mode, exposure control, and auto-detection features.
The battery for both models of the iPhone 7 is a lithium-ion cell that isn’t removable from the device. It offers up to 2 additional hours of battery life for the iPhone 7 over the 6S, and 1 additional hour for the 7 Plus over the 6S.
iPhone 7 Battery Details:
- Talk Time: 14 hours
- WiFi Use: 14 hours
- Network Data Use: 12 hours
- Wireless Video Playback: 13 hours
- Wireless Audio Playback: 40 hours
- Standby Duration: 10 days
iPhone 7 Plus Battery Details:
- Talk Time: 21 hours
- WiFi Use: 15 hours
- Network Data Use: 13 hours
- Wireless Video Playback: 14 hours
- Wireless Audio Playback: 60 hours
- Standby Duration: 16 days
The older iPhone 6S and 6S Plus used a dedicated port for their audio line out, so their included EarPods were made with a headphone jack. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus forgoes the dedicated port, and instead operates its EarPods through the Lightning port. The newer devices come with standard EarPods that have the headphone jack, and they also include a Lightning Connector which allows the Lightning port to connect to the 3.5mm headphone plug.
Apple also announced a new set of wireless EarPods that will debut later this year, which is most likely the reason for the lack of a headphone port on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Apple hopes that port will become unnecessary in the near future.
The newest version in Apple’s line of iOS software is iOS 10, and the software is being distributed with each iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The new operating system includes numerous upgrades to the utility of the previous devices, including a totally revamped Text Message app, Siri incorporation into other apps, smarter maps, and a plethora of other stunning features. Just a few of the apps that come preloaded on the phone include:
- iTunes Store
- App Store
- Find My iPhone
- iCloud Drive
Some of the apps from Apple that aren’t preloaded on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but can be downloaded free of charge at any time, include:
- Apple Store
- Music Memos
- iTunes Remote