Apple Unveils Latest iPhones Right on Schedule
Apple introduced two new iPhones, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, at a media event in San Francisco Wednesday. The new smartphones come minus the traditional headphone jack but include a force-sensitive “home” button, a two-camera system, and a sharper display.
The entry-level iPhone 7 will start at $649, the same price as the outgoing 6s model, but comes with twice the amount of storage, 32 GB. The larger iPhone 7 Plus, which has a bigger display, starts off at $769. Preorders in over two dozen countries start Friday at midnight in Cupertino, and the new devices will be in stores and in customers’ hands a week later.
Apple is adding two new black options, matte and high-gloss, in addition to rose gold, gold, and silver.
Apple is adding two new black options, matte and high-gloss, in addition to rose gold, gold, and silver. Space grey will no longer be available.
The two-camera system will, according to Apple, improve image quality and allow better wide-angle and close-up shots. Apple has been promoting photograpy as a key aspect of the iPhone experience with online exhibits of photographs taken with the phone.
Apple also introduced a new version of its smartwatch, Apple Watch Series 2, which is similar to the original but water resistant and with a built-in global-positioning system. It offers an optional ceramic case and a Nike edition. A Pokémon Go app is standard on the new watch. When the new watch goes on sale on September 19 for $369, the old version of the watch will continue to be offered, albeit at a lower – $269 – price.
Finally, Apple said that the new version of its mobile operating system, iOS 10, will be downloadable on September 13. Slide to unlock will be gone, it will have a a completely redesigned Lock screen with 3D-touch enabled notifications that are more detailed and allow the user to take action without the need to unlock, the revamped Spotlight section will have customizable widgets, and Siri will transcribe voicemail messages for you.
Apple is also adding rich links, background animations, bubble effects, and the Digital Touch sketching feature to Messages and the operating system will include a new Homekit app for home automation.
Apple iOS 10 will be compatible with all iPhones starting with the iPhone 5, the sixth-generation iPod Touch, the fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini 2, which includes all iPad Air and Pro models.
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