Say hello to the iPhone 7 – Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, with upgraded cameras, water resistance, stereo speakers and a longer battery life.
Tim Cook took to the stage and told us: “We have created the world’s most advanced smartphone – the best iPhone we have ever created. This is iPhone 7.”
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Obviously Apple would say that, so we’ll let you make up your own mind as you read through all the new features below.
Cut to the chase
What is it? The new iPhone
When is it out? Pre-orders Sept 9, shipping Sept 16
What will it cost? Starts at $649 (£539, AU$1,079)
iPhone 7 release date
Pre-orders: September 9
Shipping from: September 16
Tim Cook held up the iPhone 7 and paraded it around on stage on September 7, but the firm did jump the gun with the announcement on Twitter.
The actual iPhone 7 release date is Friday September 16, in 28 countries including the US and US, with iPhone 7 pre-orders opening on Friday, September 9.
A week after September 16, the iPhone 7 will also be available in a further 30 countries too.
Everything you need to know about the iPhone 7 release date
The iPhone 7 price starts at $649 (£539, AU$1,079) for the 32GB model. If you fancy upping your storage you’ll need to shell out $749 (£619, AU$1,229) – which is the same cost as the 64GB iPhone 6S when it launched.
Power users will want to check out the $849 (£699, AU$1,379) iPhone 7 with 256GB of storage.
Everything else we know about the iPhone 7 price
From what we’ve seen so far the iPhone 7 is just as sleek as its predecessors, with the iconic rounded design returning for a third instalment.
One of the big new talking points is its water and dust resistance, with IP67 protection bringing the new iPhone into line with the Samsung Galaxy S7 – and giving you peace of mind when you’re in the bath or out in the rain.
That camera bump is a little bit special though. It’s molded from the aluminum frame of the phone and houses the antennas – removing the ugly bands of its predecessors on the black versions. On the other colors though, the bands are still noticeable at the top and bottom of the device.
There are two new colors as well, with the glass and aluminum Jet Black joined by the matt-finish Black option – the latter option also features a black Apple logo on its rear. You’ll also get the choice of silver, gold and rose gold, but there’s bad news for Space Gray fans: that option is dead.
TechRadar’s take: Apple has refined the popular design of the iPhone 6 and 6S to create a sleeker, more modern iPhone 7 – even if the camera bump is larger.
iPhone 7 headphone jack
No headphone jack
Lightning EarPods in the box
Aaptor for standard headphones in the box
Wireless AirPods available at extra cost
It’s gone! It really has gone. Apple has removed the standard headphone jack – but it’s not all bad news.
You get a set of Lightning EarPods in the box, meaning you’ll be able to plug in right away, while an adaptor is also included, so you can continue to use your current headphones if you wish – although it’s certainly not the most elegant implementation.
If you’re feeling flush you can splash the cash and get yourself a set of AirPods – Apple’s first wireless Bluetooth earbuds. They offer five hours of listening on a single charge, dual microphones enabling you to take calls and interact with Siri, and touch response, so you can answer calls and launch Siri.
The AirPods also come with their own case, which houses its own battery providing up to 24 hours of playback, as it will charge the buds when they’re sitting in it.
It’s likely to be the most divisive feature on the new iPhone 7, but the headphone revolution has to start somewhere, and while Motorola may have removed the jack on the Z Play before Apple – it’s the Cupertino firm which will be setting the standard going forward.
The lack of a headphone jack will frustrate users to start with, but in a year’s time we wouldn’t be surprised if all major manufacturers have followed suit.
iPhone 7 camera
A larger, single-lens 12MP rear sensor
Raw support, 50% more light, 60% faster, 30% more power efficient
Front camera now at 7MP
Apple has overhauled its camera tech for the iPhone 7, bringing in a brand new 12MP sensor on the rear and upping the front-facing snapper from 5MP to a 7MP Facetime HD offering.
The larger iPhone 7 Plus comes with a dual-camera setup, but this is the iPhone 7 page, so we’re focusing on that phone here.
The wide-aperture lens on the back lets in 50% more light, and it’s 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient.
There’s a six-element lens and the two-tone flash now has four LEDs for 50% more light and a 50% further reach. It also features a flicker sensor for artificial light, for better picture results.
iPhone 7 battery
Longest-lasting iPhone ever
2 hours more life than iPhone 6S
Apple says the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have the best battery life of any iPhone – and so they should. It reckons those upgrading from the iPhone 6S can expect, on average, an additional two hours from each charge.
Apple also quotes 40 hours of wireless audio playback and 13 hours of wireless audio. Which is nice.
The iPhone 7 has been groomed to launch alongside iOS 10, and it’s a tremendous feature upgrade over iOS 9.3. It introduces a much smarter Siri that can command third-party apps, new Messaging functionality and a convenient Raise to Wake way of lighting up the phone.
It doesn’t stop with a software upgrade under the hood. iPhone 7 also gets a performance boost, with the phone packing a four-core, 64-bit Apple A10 Fusion chip.
That’s a big leap from just a dual-core processor in the iPhone 6S, with Apple saying the iPhone 7 is 40% faster than its predecessor, and twice as fast as the iPhone 6.
iPhone 7 other features
A pressure-sensitive home button
While the iPhone 7 is largely expected to look similar to the iPhone 6S it could be a very different beast on the inside.
According to CNBC, the Economic Daily News reported that the iPhone 7 will be “more complex” to manufacture than any previous iPhone, suggesting there could be a lot going on under the hood.
New home button
We could be in for a redesigned home button, as according to one source it won’t be a button so much as a sensor that you just have to place your finger on. The same source reckons that it might also be pressure-sensitive, so presumably if you press harder something different will happen, such as taking you to a different screen.
A whole slew of possible features are apparently in testing for the iPhone 7, with five different prototypes being used to test multi-Force Touch tech, a dual camera, wireless charging, a fingerprint scanner in the screen and a USB Type-C connector that’s compatible with headsets.
That all comes from a post on Chinese social networking site Weibo, but five apparent different prototypes mean much of this may not make it into the final phone.