iPhone 7 news and features: all you need to know about the new iPhone

September 11, 2016

The iPhone 7 is just as sleek as its predecessors, with the iconic rounded design returning for a third instalment with the same 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm frame as the iPhone 6S. It's lighter though at 138g, down from 143g on the 6S.

 

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.

Anyone hoping for a flush rear to the new iPhone will be disappointed though, as the iPhone 7 has a very noticeable camera bump.

 

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 matte-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.

 

Something else Apple has built into the design of the iPhone 7 is stereo speakers, with one at the top and one at the base of the handset. That gives you louder, clearer audio, which will be great for movies and gaming.

Apple says the iPhone 7 kicks out twice the volume of the 6S, as well as having an increased dynamic range. In short, they should sound good.

 

iPhone 7 headphone jack

Hottest facts:

  • No headphone jack

  • Lightning EarPods in the box

  • Adaptor for standard headphones in the box

  • Wireless AirPods available at extra cost

iPhone 7 camera

Hottest facts:

  • A larger, single-lens 12MP rear sensor

  • Raw support, 50% more light, 60% faster, 30% more power efficient

  • Front camera now at 7MP

iPhone 7 battery

Hottest facts:

  • Longest-lasting iPhone ever

  • 2 hours more life than iPhone 6S

iPhone 7 display

Hottest facts:

  • 4.7-inch, 1334x750 resolution

  • Brighter

iPhone 7 OS and power

Hottest facts:

  • Four-core, 64-bit A10 Fusion processor

  • iOS 10

iPhone 7 home button

Hottest facts:

  • A pressure-sensitive home button

  • Taptic feedback

It may not look like it, but Apple has redesigned its home button, making it more powerful than ever. It features the same pressure sensitive technology as the touchpad on the new MacBooks, as well as delivering taptic feedback.

 

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