Apple’s new iPhone offers a tweaked design and boosted hardwear
Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available, but stocks are limited amid high demands for the new smartphones.
In a statement Apple said there are limited amounts of iPhone 7 models available, meaning customers who want to simply walk into an Apple store and buy one of the new handsets could be left disappointed. .
“Beginning Friday, limited quantities of iPhone 7 in silver, gold, rose gold, and black will be available for walk-in customers at Apple retail stores. During the online pre-order period, initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus in all finishes and iPhone 7 in jet black sold out and will not be available for walk-in customers. Availability at partner locations for all finishes may vary and we recommend checking directly with them,” the Cupertino company said.
Shipping dates for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus had also slipped due to high demands when pre-orders when live on 9 September.
Last week, Apple announced the iPhone 7 revealing it sports IP67 water-resistance, a 12MP camera, stereo speakers and an extended battery life.
The Cupertino company revealed its latest iPhone, which will come with iOS 10 alongside improved hardware.
For those of you keen to put in a pre-order, the iPhone 7 starts at £599 for the 32GB model, £699 for the 128GB version, and a steep £799 for the top end 256GB handset, all of which has the knock-on effect of reducing the price of the iPhone 6S.
The iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models are priced at £719, £819 and £919 respectively. The release date for both phones is set for 16 September.
“It’s the best iPhone we have ever created,” enthused Apple chief executive Tim Cook.
New design ditches headphone jack
The iPhone 7 comes in Apple’s new glossy Jet Black finish, achieve using nine-step anodisation and polishing process, amongst other colours, including Black, Gold, and Silver.
It’s 4.7in display and design is not dissimilar to its predecessor, with the exception of a few tweaks, including the removal of the headphone jack, as Apple has opted to use its Lightning port as the audio output for it headphones; but it will provide an adaptor for people looking to stick with headphones that use the analogue 3.5mm jack.
Taking this approach has let to Apple creating the AirPods, wireless headphone that not only deliver audio but come with a voice, motion and touch sensors. courtesy of Apple’s new W1 wireless chip, to enable hands-free calls and the activation of Siri.
The AirPods can last for five hours on a singly charge and come with a small case that provides 25 hours of power for them. But all this wireless tech will come at a steep cost of $169.
Apple has also redesigned the home button giving it Force Touch powered pressure sensitive capabilities that react to how the user presses the button, as well as providing haptic feedback for various alerts and functions.
Last but not least on the design side is the stereo speaker setup in the iPhone 7 that Apple promises offers much improved sound over the single speakers of older iPhone models.
As expected the iPhone 7 comes with Apple’s new A10 Fusion processor, a system-on-a-chip that sports a 64bit quad core processor that’s 40 percent faster than the A9 processor found in the iPhone 6S. Graphics have also had a hike in power, now 50 percent faster than the A9.
But the smarter part of the new A10 is how it has two high-performance cores for handling processor intensive tasks like games, video and photo editing, and two power-efficient cores for handling less demanding task like checking emails, thereby saving battery life. Such is the processing grunt of the A10, it can handle Adobe’s demanding Lightroom software.
Battery life has had a boost as well, with Apple claiming the iPhone 7 should last two more hours than the iPhone 6S.
Storage options for the new iPhone are offered at 32GB, 129GB and 265GB, with Apple having dropped the 16GB entry-level option found in earlier iPhones.
Apple has given the iPhone 7’s rear camera a through overhaul. It now comes with a 12MP sensor and f/1.8 aperture lens as well as the ability to capture photos with a wider colour gamut than before. Optical image stabilisation is also on offer, a feature that was missing from the iPhone 6S.
The iPhone 7 can also take picture in the RAW format, which is handy for keen photographers who have left their DSLRs at home.
The front-facing camera has been boosted to 7MP with wide colour capture and auto image stabilisation.
The iPhone 7 has mostly included the features that have been circulating around in rumour form for the past few months and will present an enticing smartphone to Apple fans; it could even win over some Samsung users who may be put off the Korean company’s phones given its Galaxy Note 7 is being recalled due to exploding batteries.
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