Apple’s annual iPhone launch has pullback the curtains on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which will hit Aussie streets on September 16 alongside the new Apple Watch 2.
As expected, neither of the 7 twins represents a massive leap forward from last year’s 6S series – the general consensus is that Apple is assembling its biggest and best new tech for the next iPhone (be that the iPhone 7S or the iPhone 8).
And as widely tipped, the iPhone 7 axes the standard 3.5mm audio jack: audio is now piped through the same Lightning connector used to charge the iPhone, with Apple tossing a pair of Lightning-equipped EarPods into the box alongside a Lightning-audio adaptor.
There's also a fresh set of wireless earbuds called AirPods for $229 which come in their own carry & charge case – one charge delivers a maximum five hours' listening time, while the case contains a battery rated to supply 24 hours of juice.
While the iPhone 7 still doesn’t rate as truly waterproof the chassis, screen and speakers are best described as water-resistant or ‘splashproof’.
The chip powering the iPhone 7 series moves to four cores: two 'high-performance' cores for the heavy-duty work, and a pair of 'high-efficiency' cores which take care of background tasks when the phone's not being used, for an extra two hours of battery life between charges.
Apple is also playing up the iPhone’s photo-cred with the iPhone 7 Plus packing a dual-camera system.
Parked next to the standard 12-megapixel 28mm-equivalent wide angle camera is a 12MP 60mm-grade telephoto lens, which Apple says allows for true 2x optical zoom plus 10x digital zoom.
The smaller iPhone 7 keeps the single 12MP camera but both models gain optical image stabilisation and a four-LED flash for greater colour accuracy.
Also in the iPhone 7 mix: stereo speakers, a pressure-sensitive ‘3D Touch’ digital home button and the option of new matte black and jet black colours.
Storage has doubled, reflecting both the lower cost of solid-state memory and the increased size and number of apps: the cheapest iPhone 7 now packs 32GB while the flagship iPhone 7 Pro tops out at 256GB.
The iPhone 7 family is set for an Australian release on September 16 with the 32GB base model at $1,079 and the iPhone 7 Pro starting at $1,269 for 32GB through to $1,569 for 256GB. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus will announce their own iPhone 7 pricing and plans over the coming days.
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