Apple just announced the iPhone 7. We didn’t think it was going to be much of an upgrade but, after the iPhone 7 press conference, we admit we’re a little excited. There are some features that current iPhone owners should be excited about and, admittedly, a few of them have already been available to Android users. Here’s what we think you should care about.
1. Water resistance
The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are water resistant. They have an IP67 rating which means you should be able to use the phone in the rain or fall into a pool without worry. It doesn’t necessarily mean you can freely jump under water, though, as is the case with Samsung’s IP68-rated Galaxy Note 7. The good news is you no longer have to cry over spilt milk.
2. Stereo speakers
Yes! Finally. Apple added stereo speakers to the iPhone 7, promising what should be the best audio experience yet from an iPhone. That comes at the cost of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which really is gone, but at least Apple is including a free dongle in the box. This should make gaming, or just sitting back on the couch catching up on YouTube videos, much more immersive.
3. The best cameras yet
Apple says it included the best cameras yet in its new iPhones. On the iPhone 7, that means a new 12-megapixel sensor that’s faster and better in lowlight and regular lightning conditions. You’ll also get a new 7MP FaceTime HD camera on the front, so your selfies will look better than ever. On the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has two separate 12-megapixel cameras, allowing you to employ up to 2x hardware zoom or 10x software zoom. Later, it’ll launch a free software update that lets you add bokeh effects by employing one of those sensors as a depth sensor.
4. The best battery life of any iPhone
Apple said that, despite a brighter screen and a more powerful processor, the new iPhones will offer the best battery life of any iPhone it has ever offered. Folks coming from an iPhone 6s to an iPhone 7 should see about 2 hours of additional battery life each day, while iPhone 6s Plus users who upgrade to the iPhone 7 Plus should get about an hour more. Not bad!
5. Haptic Home Button
Apple ditched the hardware home button for one that offers haptic feedback. It’s using similar technology to what we saw on the Apple Watch and in its MacBook and MacBook Pro computers, providing a buzz for notifications, feedback during gaming and more. It also suggested that we’ll be able to interact with the home button in new ways to execute tasks on the iPhone. Plus, since it’s no longer a moving part, it helps Apple protect against water intrusion.