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Apple launches waterproof iPhone 7 with no headphone jack

Published 8 September 2016 by

Apple has announced its next generation smartphones – the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The new phones might look pretty similar to the iPhone 6 and 6s on the surface – they have the same round edges, same button layout and the same screen size.

But these new models come with a whole host of exciting new features for tech-lovers. Want to know more? We're going to take you through the features of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and what to remember if you're thinking about ordering one.

New features

At the annual launch event in San Francisco, keynote speakers unveiled the new features of the latest iPhone 7 and while it might look similar to the previous model, there’s definitely a lot to get excited about.  

The new A10 chip means that the phone is faster and has a longer battery life, it’s water resistant (for up to 30 minutes at a time) and features better display and stereo speakers for the first time. There's a new pressure-sensitive home button and an upgraded 12MP camera that will help you to take even sharper photos.

A new dual-camera is fitted to the back of the larger iPhone 7 Plus – one 12-megapixel telephoto lens and one 12-mega pixel wide-angle lens. You'll be able to use optical zoom up to 2x with both lenses.

But the main change that everyone will notice is that the iPhone 7 is losing the headphone jack. Instead, Apple customers can use the existing charging port called the Lightning port or purchase the new wireless headphones Apple AirPods for £159 separately.  

Lightning connector headphones and a Lightning-to-analogue adapter will be included with the new iPhone – so you can continue using your old Apple Earphones if you choose.

What's the price?

The iPhone 7 ranges in price from £599 to £799 and the iPhone 7 Plus from £719 and £919. The price difference will depend on the amount of storage you choose, and both will be available in 32GB, 128GB or 258GB. They will be available to buy from 16 September, although you can pre-order from 9 September.

There is some good news for those looking to buy an older version Apple smartphone. The tech firm has cut the price of its iPhone 6S models after the launch of the iPhone 7. The 16GB edition of the iPhone 6S is now available for £499, down from £539 previously. And what’s more, the price of the cheapest edition of the higher-end iPhone 6S Plus has been lowered from £619 to £599. 

Interested? Find out if it's worth upgrading to the iPhone 7 or going for an older model

*Prices correct as of 08/08/16

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