NEW DELHI: Apple Inc. finally put an end to all iPhone rumours by launching the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. The handsets were announced in the company’s keynote event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Both the devices will be available starting September 16, 2016 in the US.
The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Black and Jet Black colour variants in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants. The company has added the aluminium-finish Jet Black and mirrorless-finish Black variants instead of the earlier Space Grey one. The phones will be available in India from 7 October and the price starts at Rs 60,000 (32GB). There is also an iPhone upgrade programme for users in the US, UK and China. The pre-orders in the US starts this Friday and the shipping will commence from September 16.
The antenna lines, which previously ran across the back panel on top and bottom, now run on the sides giving an overall cleaner look. Another feature hitting the iPhone models for the first time is the IP67 rating signifying the fact that it is water and dust resistant. The models also have a new home button which is now touch sensitive and uses a new Taptic engine for better response.
Besides featuring stereo speakers with a high dynamic range the new handsets, as rumoured before, have ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack and replaced it with the Lightning port-based connectors.
The iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display while the iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch Retina HD display. The camera segment is governed by a new 12MP rear camera with a better f/1.8 aperture, 6 Element lens, 4 flash LEDs, flicker sensor and more for a better photography experience. The camera also makes use of an Image signal processor to apply machine learning to distinguish between a human and an object in the image and adjust its brightness, noise and more.
Apple also launched the Apple Watch 2 with new features and design.