Apple claims that its new iPhone models are “the best, most advanced iPhones ever.”
The new iPhone features new advanced camera systems, improved battery life, stereo speakers – and handily for those who read on the beach, the iPhone 7 and 7Plus are water and dust resistant. The new phones go on sale in more than 25 countries from Friday, September 16.
“iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dramatically improve every aspect of the iPhone experience, reaching a new level of innovation and precision to make this the best iPhone we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The completely redesigned cameras shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and an entirely new stereo speaker system provides twice the sound, all within the first water and dust resistant iPhone.”
One change that has got buyers up in arms is the decision to do away with the traditional headphone socket. The headset that comes bundled with the phone plugs into the same jack as the recharging lead – known as a lightning plug. Anyone with traditional headsets needs to use an adapter – which some reviewers have decided is ‘ugly’ – but which is really just a bit of wire that converts the lightning socket into a traditional headphone jack
Apple have also launched wireless headphones – though they’re eye-wateringly expensive and look like they’re super-easy to lose. They’re also not on sale for a month yet, so that;’s a bit of a balls up all round.
All in all, it’s a good solid phone and for the more canny buyer, it means tech suppliers will be falling over themselves to offload the sluggish-selling iPhone 6 model – which isn’t that different to the latest phone really – and you don’t have to agonise over new headphones.