Apple officially announced the iPhone 7 today and it has pretty much all the features that have been leaked over the last few months leading up to today’s event.
The new phone is quite similar to last year’s iPhone 6S, with a rounded aluminum body, but with the added benefit of being water resistant, which means that it should work fine if you find yourself having to fish it out of the toilet. Much of the reason for this can be attributed to the fact that, as widely rumored, the iPhone 7 has NO headphone jack, meaning that all of your 3.5mm headphones are completely useless with the device unless you have a specific adapter (you can also use Bluetooth headphones or wired headphones based on Apple’s Lightning standard).
Additionally, the iPhone 7 features an upgraded camera system with optical image stabilization and a new 12 megapixel sensor that is 60 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient than last year’s model. The device also has stereo speakers and a new Jet Black color option. Apple will also release a standard black model, along with gold, silver, and rose gold.
The big camera upgrade has been reserved for the iPhone 7 Plus, which features a new dual camera system that will allow for true 2x optical zoom without a loss in image quality. The device also has improved battery life over its predecessors, but Apple didn’t go into specifics.
The iPhone 7 will be available for purchase on September 16, with preorders starting today. We’ll have more details as they become available.