Apple have officially unveiled the iPhone 7.
Sporting a very similar look to the previous model – Apple are once again improving as opposed to innovating – the new phone does have one VERY noticeable change.
No more 3.5mm headphone port.
Yes, the speculation was true; Apple have removed the one constant in all smartphones and MP3 players since, well, ever. The phone is now sporting one Lightning connection port, to be used for charging and listening purposes, and if you wish to continue using your existing headphones, you will need to use Apple’s official Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adaptor, which is included in the box. You will also get a pair of Lightning-friendly EarPods bundled in the package.
Away from the controversially-absent port, the phone retains its 4.7-inch screen and is now housed in a metal body. It is also, for the first time in Apple’s history, water and dust resistant.
The front-facing camera has also had an upgrade, with last year’s 5-megapixel shooter replaced with a 7-megapixel Facetime HD camera. Sticking with the camera options on the phone, the rear now shows off a new 12-megapixel camera, enhanced by a six-element f/1.8 aperture lens that is designed to offers clearer images. Also in with the camera is a high-speed sensor that Apple are claiming is 60% faster than its predecessor. Additionally, a Quad-LED True Tone flash is included.
The phone comes in a choice of colours, with Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold available. Pricing-wise, the 32GB model will cost £599, the 128GB version costing £699, with the new 256GB option setting you back a staggering £799.
Pre-orders start this Friday, with phones set to ship from September 16.