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Here’s What The iPhone 7 Is Bringing To The Table

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

Apple announced the new iPhone 7  Wednesday and it has a few new features that might be of interest to consumers, including water resistance and the exclusion of the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

New Features

1.) Water and Dust Resistant Body

  • The body of the iPhone 7 will be very similar to that of iPhone 6’s, but the 7 model will be water resistant. That’s right, you can now take your iPhone in the pool, shower, or to the lake without fear, according to the Apple conference. In addition, the iPhone is dust resistant allowing users to enjoy the sleek and clean design of the iPhone from day one to the day they part with the phone.
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(Screengrab from Apple iPhone 7 Keynote)

 

2.) New Camera

  • The iPhone 7 camera has so many new features. It has an optimal image stabilizer that eliminates shaky photography or video recording. The phone’s new lens lets 50 percent more light into the camera’s sensors than previous generations. The lens itself has 6 elements for closer photographic detail.
  • The camera has a 12 megapixel high-speed sensor which is 60 percent faster and 30 percent more energy efficient than the iPhone 6.
  • The flash feature contains four LED true tone flash sensors which provide 50 percent more light, allow for 50 percent more distance in photos, and contain a flicker sensor to detect ambient light.
  • The camera has an Apple-designed image signal processor that uses machine learning to detect objects and people. The processor automatically adjusts exposure, pixel rate, coloring, tone mapping, noise reduction (for video), and can fuse multiple images together. This processor completes 100 billion operations every time it takes a photo, and does it in 25 milliseconds.
  • The new camera allows for live photos with video image stabilization.
  • The front camera has a 7 megapixel HD camera (up from 5 megapixels in the iPhone 6) and captures wide color images with auto image stabilization.
  • The iPhone 7 plus will have two megapixel cameras (the iPhone 7 will have just one). The 7-plus will have one wide angle camera (like the baseline iPhone 7) and one telephoto camera. This allows for the 7-plus to zoom up to 10x, a feature previously only available on a professional camera.

Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 4.07.09 PM                                                                          (Screengrab from Apple iPhone 7 Keynote)

3.) No Headphone Jack

  • The new iPhone 7 will not have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a feature that is nearly ubiquitous among technological products and renders it current headphones useless. Instead, the company is expected to provide lightning headphones that can connect with the device through the lightning USB port. For those without these headphones, Apple will provide an adapter for 3.5 mm headphones for every phone.

4.) Wireless Apple Earpods

  • Earpods are made possible by the new Apple W1 chip which delivers consistent connection to the mobile device.
  • Sensors in the earpods detect when they are in your ear.
  • Touch sensors on the earpods allow you to access Siri with a double tap of an earpod.
  • Voice monitors recognize the volume of the speaker and automatically adjust volume to outside noise (like fire trucks or big crowds).
  • Dr. Dre’s company, Beats, is also making a version of the earpods for the new iPhone 7 featuring the W1 chip.
  • The Earpods will reportedly cost $160.

5.) Performance

  • Runs off a new generation chip-A10 fusion-which is a 64 bit four-core CPU with 3.3 billion transistors.
  • The A10 chip is 40 percent faster than the previous A9 chip, and the iPhone 7 runs 120 percent faster than the original Apple iPhone.
  • The iPhone 7 has 240x better graphic performance than the original iPhone.
  • The new phone will feature a longer and more durable battery. The iPhone 7 can run: 40 hours using wireless audio, 13 hours using wireless video, 14 hours browsing wi-fi, 12 hours browsing using LTE, 12 hours under 3G, and 14 hours talking phone-to-phone using 3G. The iPhone 7 plus has similar numbers, with the only notable increase being that it can run for 60 hours using wireless audio.

6.) Stereo Speakers

  • The iPhone 7 will feature stereo speakers giving the phone louder audio capability with heightened clarity. The phone will have one speaker on the top of the phone and one at the bottom. These speakers will provide sound that is two times louder than the iPhone 6 and 6-plus.

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(Screengrab from Apple iPhone 7 Keynote)

7.) New Home Button

  • The new home button will not feature a button, but a real time touch screen interface.

8.) Darker Color Scheme

  • The product will feature a new and darker black color scheme

The iPhone 7 is expected to cost somewhere between $600-700 dollars.

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