Apple iPhone 7

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iPhone 7 is here! Are the rumours true?
Please note: AirPods 2 (2019) have now been released and are available to order.

The buzz surrounding Apple’s latest mobile release is bigger than ever. Is the headphone jack really gone? Is the phone waterproof? Who should upgrade? In short, iPhone 7 is much the same as its predecessor, but the few differences are groundbreaking!

iPhone 7: Will I see a difference?
No, not at first glance. iPhone 7 features the same premium design as the iPhone 6S– and the iPhone 6. Apple has stuck to its winning formula by crafting an ultra-slim, round-cornered device of 7000 series aluminium alloy. The full metal chassis housing the now familiar 4.7 inch glossy screen is as eye-catching as ever. But nuances point to a far more advanced device.

Gone are the rear antennae lines, which are now discreetly placed top and bottom, lending the device an unbroken, harmonious appearance.
Colour options have also changed. Space grey has been abandoned in favour of two shades of black: glossy jet black and matte black. Silver, gold and the beloved rose gold remain on offer.
And it’s true, iPhone 7 is water resistant. Boasting an IP67 rating against dust and splash, it can withstand a dunk in the pool or a soak in the shower. This latest member to join the ranks of waterproof smartphones, is not swim-proof, however. Don’t think you’re dealing with a Sony phone. Apple also expressly excludes any form of water damage from its guarantee.
Force Touch with Taptic Engine
Though you might not see an immediate difference, you’ll feel one. The iPhone 7 features Apple’s Force Touch technology. In practical terms, this means: the home button is not a true button. You won’t feel any give when you press it. To keep users from freaking out, Apple has kindly installed a vibration motor, which it dubs the “taptic engine”. The button vibrates when you press it. The fingerprint scanner is still in place, though it works differently now.

Same Screen, Same Resolution
No upgrade in resolution. The iPhone 7 retains the same 1,334 x 750 pixel display — an honest disappointment for fans of the Samsung Galaxy S7’s quad-HD screen. Yes, you will notice a lack of sharpness on Apple’s screen when compared directly to that of its biggest rival. In all other regards, the LCD display is striking, delivering excellent colour reproduction and the “floating” appearance that makes it stand out despite the dearth of pixels.

No Headphone Jack
Goodbye headphone jack. Apple has boldly removed the conventional 3.5 mm port. If you don’t go wireless, the lightning connector is your music attachment. Don’t panic yet. The included earpods are kitted out with the proper connection. You also get a free adaptor for use with your old cans. Shell out a bit extra, and you can purchase the Airpods, which connect wirelessly via Apple’s own new standard. Why has Apple done this? Well it saves space and the lightning port can also carry more data to your ears, which may be of significance in the not too distant future.

In other music news, stereo sound is also part of the programme. The dual speakers are located at the top and bottom of the phone, and the boost in effect is quite noticeable.

A10 processor with iOS 10
Performance is up to Apple standards and smoother than ever. The phone reacts instantly to every tap and swipe. The new quicker A10 fusion chip is a 64-bit quad-core processor, and Apple claims that it offers 40% more speed. Two cores are responsible for performance and two for efficiency. This boosts battery life — according to Apple, you can expect an extra hour under average daily use when compared to the iPhone 6S.

Gaming capability, a traditional weak point of iPhones, is also much improved thanks to these upgrades. Just remember that the screen is not Full-HD. You also get iOS 10 — headline feature, raise to wake. Just pick up the phone to view notifications.

More Storage
Apple has finally accepted that 16 GB storage is not enough. The entry-level iPhone 7 packs 32 GB. But since the 64 GB option has also been ditched, it’s a big jump up to 128 GB — both price and storage wise. A 256 GB option has also been added for very heavy (and wealthy) users, eliminating any chance of running out of space.

Camera: Apple Improves
The iPhone 7 keeps the same 12 MP main camera, but a host of upgrades make it better. Optical image stabilisation is available for the first time on the non-Plus version, and the lens features a wider aperture for enhanced low-light shooting. (Yes, this increases the size of the lens bump on the rear of the phone — wobble away.)

What’s more, the new A10 Fusion chip houses an image signal processor. Via deep machine learning and a repertoire of more than 100 billion operations, it optimises focus and white balance almost instantaneously. The flash, renamed Quad-LED True Tone, is brighter than ever. It can even counteract the flicker-effect of artificial lighting and adjust to the surrounding colour temperature. The result of these upgrades: a noticeably wider colour gamut and improved contrast, which means that the iPhone’s camera is better than ever before.

The front “selfie” camera has undergone an upgrade, too, now boasting 7 MP. Combined with the Retina Flash, which was introduced on the 6S, it delivers excellent shots.

The Bottom Line
iPhone 7 is faster, packs a better camera, and offers more storage and colour options. But despite the improvements on offer, we see no need for iPhone 6 or 6S users to upgrade — a black, water-resistant chassis doesn’t justify the outlay. The Taptic Engine and lack of a headphone jack might even be considered irritations by some, while improvements in camera and processor, though real, are more like bonuses. The 6 and 6S are already excellent phones in both regards.

If you’re waffling between the standard 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, keep in mind that the phablet offers the following benefits.

5.5 inch display
Full-HD resolution
Dual Main Camera
3 GB RAM
But it’s also quite a handful and costs significantly more. Plus or no Plus, you won’t find a cheap iPhone 7 yet.

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Description

Product Specifications
Product Type
4G Smartphone
General
Series
Apple iPhone
Smartphone Class
High-End
Display
Display Size
4.7 Inch / 11.94 cm
Display Resolution
1.334 x 750 Pixels / HD
Display Aspect Ratio
16:9
Display Type
IPS
Touchscreen
Multitouch, Force Touch, Capacitive
Display-Characteristics
Retina, Anti Fingerprint, Dual-Domain Pixels
Pixel Density
326 ppi
Screen-to-Body Ratio
65.6 %
Brightness
625 cd/m²
Contrast
1,400:1
Hardware
RAM
2 GB
Processor Manufacturer
Apple
Processor Type
A10
Processor Core
4
CPU Clock Speed
2.4 GHz
AnTuTu Benchmark v7 (~)
180,000
SIM Card
Nano-SIM
Memory Card
No Memory Expansion
Sensors
Accelerometer (G-Sensor), Gyroscope Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Barometer
Location Services
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Audio Features
Voice Recognition, Stereo Speakers
Software
Available Operating System
iOS 12
Pre Installed Operating System
iOS 10
Navigation Software
Apple Maps
Personal Assistant
Siri
Pre-Installed Apps
Video Player, Weather, Safari, Health, MP3 Player, FaceTime, AirDrop, AirPlay, AirPrint, Handoff, HomeKit, iCloud, Night Shift, iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, Watch, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, GarageBand
Organiser
Alarm Clock, Calendar, Scheduler, Phonebook, Notes, Voice Recorder, Clock, Calculator, Flight Mode
Messaging
MMS, SMS, Instant Messaging, Chat, E-Mail, Social Networking Services, Push Mail, iMessage
Video Formats
H.264, M4V, MP4, MOV, MPEG4, M-JPEG, AVI
Audio Formats
AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Camera
Back Camera Resolution
12 Megapixel
Front Camera Resolution
7 Megapixels
Flashes
Quad LED Flash, True Tone Flash
Image Stabilisation
Optical
Digital Zoom
5 x
Shutter Delay
0.25 s
Back Camera Features
Autofocus, Face Detection, Burst Mode, Panorama, Self Timer, HDR, Touch Focus, Exposure Control, Automatic Mode, Video Photo
Back Camera Video Recordings
4K 3840 x 2160, 4K (30fps), 1080p (120fps), 1080p (60fps), 1080p (30fps), 720p (30fps), 720p (240fps)
Back Camera Video Function
Time Lapse, Slow Motion, Autofocus, Optical Image Stabiliser, Face Recognition
Back Camera Aperture
f/1.8
Front Camera Functions
HDR, Auto Focus, Image Stabilisation, Burst Mode, Face Detection, Exposure Control, Delay Feature, Display Flash
Front Camera Video Recording
Full HD 1.920 x 1.080 pixels
Front Camera Aperture
f/2.2
DxO Mark
85
Communication
Communication Standard
2G, 3G, 4G
Mobile Data Communication
GPRS, HSDPA, UMTS, GSM, LTE, EDGE, LTE-A, HSPA+, VoLTE
LTE Frequency Bands
3 (1800 MHz), 20 (800 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 5 (850 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 12 (700 MHz), 13 (700 MHz), 17 (700 MHz), 19 (850 MHz), 38 (2600 MHz), 39 (1900 MHz), 40 (2300 MHz), 41 (2600 MHz), 4 (1700 MHz), 28 (700 MHz), 25 (1900 MHz), 26 (850 MHz), 27 (800 MHz), 29 (700 MHz), 30 (2300 MHz)
LTE Standard
Cat. 9
Max. Mobile Connection Speed
450 Mbit/s
Local Connections
Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Dual Band Wi-Fi
Wireless LAN Standards
IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
WiFi Frequency Bands
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth 4.2
Connections
Port
Lightning
Housing
Design
Candy Bar
Housing Material
Aluminium-Unibody
Casing Properties
Dustproof, Waterproof
Protection Class
IP67
Physical Buttons
On / Off Button, Volume Control, Mute Button
Outdoor Functions
Torch Light, Digital Compass, Geotagging
Weight
138 g
Height
138.3 mm
Width
67.1 mm
Depth
7.1 mm
Battery & Run Time
Battery Capacity
1,960 mAh
Battery
Lithium Ion
Battery Properties
Permanent Battery
Talk Time
14 h
Standby
240 h / 10
Internet Usage
up to 12 hours (3G), up to 12 hours (4G), up to 14 hours (WiFi)
Video Playback
up to 13 hours
Audio Playback
up to 40 hours
Additional Information
Input Methods
Keyboard (Virtual), Auto Correct
Accessibility
Hearing Aid Compatible, Hands Free Communication, Voice Control, Adjustable Handset Volume, Adjustable Ringer Volume, Display Zoom, Vibrate, One-Hand Mode
SAR-Value (Head)
1.38 W/Kg
Integrated Security
Device Location, Fingerprint Lock
Included in Delivery
Headset, Quick Start Guide, Lightning Adapter (3.5mm Audio), Lightning Cable, Power Charger
Ecological Information
Mercury Free Display, Arsenic Free Display, Free of Brominated Flame Retardants, Recyclable Housing, PVC Free

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