Apple unveiled their line-up for the coming year last night. Highlights were the iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 and the wireless AirPods. Here’s all we know about the new products!
08-09-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
Apple organised a big media event in San Francisco on Septemer 7 to unveil their new line of products. Most of them had already leaked or were even slightly predictable, but there were still some surprises. In a (slightly less than) 2 minute video called Don’t Blink, they introduce the iPhone 7, Watch 2 and AirPods.
The star of the evening was of course the new iPhone. The iPhone 7 comes in two sizes; the normal one has a 4,7-inch screen, while the Plus features a 5,5-inch display. The phone comes in five different colours. Gold, Silver and Rose Gold return, while Space Grey is replaced by Black and Jet Black.
The camera is one of the biggest selling points of this generation of iPhones. The lens consists of six elements that provide sharper pictures, supported by a new True Tone Flash consisting of 4 LED’s. The camera has 12 megapixels, a f/1.8 diaphragm and better image stabilizer. Apple says all this provides 50% better light input and more range.
The iPhone 7 Plus will have a 56mm tele lens in addition to the normal 12 megapixel camera. With this extra lens you can optically zoom 2x, plus digitally up to 10x, without losing quality. It will also dramatically increase the depth of field, making it possible to have sharp objects at the front of your picture with a blurry background, the so called ‘bokeh’ effect.
The iPhone 7 and Plus will also feature a new, touch-sensitive Home button that provides haptic feedback through the Taptic Engine. Last but not least, the iPhone 7 (Plus) is IP67-certified, meaning it’s resistant to water and dust. Don't take it to the swimming pool though; it can only withstand a heavy rain or being submerged for a short time.
Oh, and one more thing… The 3.5mm jack plug is gone. Yep, no more wired headphones. To combat this there’s a stereo speaker in the phone and it comes with a Lightning adapter. With this 9€ peripheral you can still connect your old headphones through the Lightning connector at the bottom of the phone.
To deal with the fact that there’s no jack plug in the new iPhone any more, Apple also announced the AirPods. These are 179€ wireless earplugs that will connect to your phone through Bluetooth. They support the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini 2 or any of the newer devices, plus Macbooks with macOS Sierra. The Airpods feature a new W1-chip that will detect if you’re wearing them or not.
The battery in the AirPods should last you about 5 hours, but it comes with a little box that can recharge them for up to 24 hours of playtime.
In addition to the AirPods, there’s also new EarPods that connect to any device with a Lightning connection. These will also be delivered with the iPhone 7 for free, while the AirPods are available separately for €179,- at the end of October.
The almost one-and-a-half year old Apple Watch gets an upgrade with the Apple Watch 2. Prominent new features are the separate GPS chip and the fact that it’s waterproof. This makes it ideal for swimming or other sports activities where you don’t want to carry your phone with you.
Under the hood there’s also a new dual-core processor, while the display should be twice as bright as the first Apple Watch (now named Series 1). The Apple Watch 2 comes in several varieties, with the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Nike+ being the default model (at $ 369,-, no European prices yet) and the Hermès and Apple Watch Edition starting at $ 1149,- and $ 1249,- respectively.
Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto got on stage to talk about Super Mario Run, a new game that should be available on iOS devices at the end of this year. It’s an automatic runner where you have to tap the screen to make Mario jump over obstacles. The app will feature a free trial, after which a one-time purchase will unlock the entire game.
Nintendo and Apple seem to be good friends by now, because Pokémon GO is coming to the Apple Watch. With the app you can see what Pokémon are nearby, you can visit Pokéstops and check the progress on your eggs. It effectively acts as the Pokémon GO Plus wristband, that launches this month.
The newest version of iOS should be available for download next week, on Tuesday September 13. It introduces several new features for the lock screen, improves Siri’s capabilities and upgrades multiple UI-elements. WatchOS 3 is going to available on the same day. MacOS Sierra follows a week after that, on Tuesday September 20.
And that’s it for all the announcements on last night’s event. Don’t forget you can buy all the iTunes credit you need right here at Startselect. (availability depending on region)