iPhone 7 release information: a follow-up

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An iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 for comparison.

Evan Rocha, Staff Writer

As of September 16, the iPhone 7 is finally out and available for the public to purchase. For the most part, the new model contains nearly every feature rumored beforehand. The old physical home button has been replaced by a pressure-sensitive pad that uses haptic feedback to sense a fingerprint. Gone is the 3.5mm headphone jack; in its place stands the new home button’s internals. The space where port in the bottom of the phone previously existed has been covered up by some fake speaker holes for posterity’s sake, giving the phone a more symmetrical look.

Apple has considered two new methods to use earbuds with the phone. First, Apple has developed a pair of Bluetooth-enabled earbuds called AirPods specifically for the iPhone 7. The AirPods were announced alongside Beats-branded Bluetooth earbuds, which have been expected following Apple’s acquisition of Beats in 2014. The AirPods are expected to be priced at $159, a considerable price hike compared to the ~$10 price tag of wired Apple-branded earbuds. They also must be charged every five hours, a considerable hassle for on-the-go use. However, another method of listening to music on the iPhone 7 is a Lightning-to-3.5mm connector adapter, a somewhat redundant cord that will plug one end into your phone’s charger port, and the other into a 3.5mm headphone jack. These will be included in every model of the phone.

The phone also comes in five colors: the current silver, gold, and rose gold, as well as two new colors, black and jet black. There are your typical graphical and processing improvements that will increase the quality of life of the phone, as well as a 4.7in “normal” and 5.5in “Plus” variant of the phone. The phone’s screen has the same resolution as the iPhone 6, but with an increased color palette for more vivid displays.

As predicted by pre-launch rumors, Apple has rid their phones of 16GB storage, with 32GB being the standard model’s capacity. Higher-priced models will be available with 128 or 256GB storage capacities.

The phone also features a new 12-megapixel rear-facing camera that utilizes optical image stabilization, a process in which the phone accounts for hand movements and steadies the image accordingly, and 2x optical zoom, which will increase clarity of photos.

The phone also features improved resistance to dust, water, and other weather hazards. Now the iPhone should be able to handle the level of environmental wear-and-tear of Samsung’s Galaxy phones. Lastly, the phone is expected to have a longer battery life by one hour for the “Plus” version and two hours for the normal version.

Overall, the new model features some solid improvements across the board over the iPhone 6. The removal of the headphone jack is controversial, and significant online controversy has erupted, but otherwise the phone is a good upgrade to the current 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone 7 starts at $649 and the 7 Plus at $769, but carrier plans always make these prices lower.