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Image: gettyimage

At an event held in San Francisco, United States on Wednesday Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus, along with the Apple Watch Series 2 and a set of wireless headphones called AirPods.

Both smartphones will be available to order on Friday, September 9, while shipping begins a week later on September 17.

As expected and predicted in leaks, the new iPhone 7 has some irresistible features.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook took to the stage and confirmed that the company was ditching the headphone socket, meaning users will either have to use wireless Bluetooth headphones called AirPods to listen to music, or buy a pair of wired headphones that plug into the lighting port – currently used for charging.

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Image: gettyimage

Apart from the AirPods revolution, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have faster and more powerful processors – the Apple A10 Fusion replacing the A9 from last year’s iPhone 6S – with the outside of the new smartphones seeing subtle changes in design.

The new quad-core A10 Fusion processor will have 120 times the performance of the original iPhone and Apple says it will also extend battery life through improved power efficiencies.

Apple estimates that the iPhone 7 will deliver, on average, two more hours of battery life than the iPhone 6S.

The new iPhone is water resistant. That means it can get wet without worry. It also comes in two new finishes, black and jet black, the latter of which appears to be a point of pride for Apple, with a glossy, mirrored design.

Apple is also ditching its space gray option for a standard matte black model, along with silver, gold, and rose gold.

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Image: bloomberg

Also, there is an upgrade in the new iPhone’s camera system with a f/1.8 aperture, six-element lens, a larger sensor, a flash with four discrete LEDs, and a built-in flicker sensor.

What this means is that the camera would take better photos, even in weird, flickering fluorescent lighting.

However, the iPhone 7 plus has the biggest camera improvement. iPhone 7 plus has a dual camera system that, for the first time, allows for 2x optical zoom without loss of image quality.

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Image: gettyimage

The iPhone 7 has a non-clicky home button. On the iPhone 7, the Home button is still there, but it’s no longer mechanical.

Instead, the iPhone will provide touch feedback with the Taptic Engine. It’s supposed to deliver similarly satisfying feedback, with custom notification buzzes for things like messages and calls.

In terms of memory space, Apple has doubled the storage in each of the models, finally dropping its much-criticised 16GB storage option.

The lowest tier is now 32GB, with 128GB and 256GB the options above it.

iPhone 7 key features

  • 4.7-inch display
  • Five colours, including glossy black, matte black, rose gold, gold and silver
  • Water and dust resistant
  • All-new A10 Fusion chip that’s 40 per cent faster than the iPhone 6s
  • 12MP rear-facing camera with f/1.8 aperture and 7MP front-facing one
  • Touch sensitive home button with taptic feedback
  • Longer battery life
  • Stereo speakers
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack, instead it will shift with lightning headphones and an adapter
  • Storage: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB
  • Prices starting at £599


iPhone 7 Plus key features 

  • 5.5-inch display
  • Five colours, including glossy black, matte black, rose gold, gold and silver
  • Water and dust resistant
  • All-new A10 Fusion chip that’s 40 per cent faster than the iPhone 6s
  • Camera with two lenses that are both 12MP, one of which is a wide-angle lens and the other a telephoto one for 10X zoom
  • Front-facing 7MP camera
  • Touch sensitive home button with taptic feedback
  • Longer battery life
  • Stereo speakers with twice the volume
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack, instead it will shift with Lightning headphones and an adapter
  • Storage: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB
  • Prices start at £719
  • Available from September 7
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Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.