USA: Apple unveiled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the company's keynote event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The handsets will be available in more than 25 countries beginning September 16.
The phones will be available in India from October 7 from Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers. The price starts at Rs 60,000(32GB). The US pricing starts at $649 for iPhone 7(32GB) and at $769 for iPhone 7 Plus(32GB).
Here's a quick look into what's new:
An entirely reengineered enclosure offers protection against spills, splashes and dust, making it the first water and dust resistant iPhone.
The new iPhone 7 features 4.7-inch Retina HD display, an advanced, solid-state Home button designed to be durable and responsive, and working in tandem with the new Taptic Engine. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch display.
The devices come in usual silver, gold and rose gold finishes and two all-new black finishes- one with an anodized matte appearance, and another with high-gloss look.
The devices will be available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models.
The new custom-designed Apple A10 Fusion chip has four cores, seamlessly integrating two high-performance cores that run up to two times faster than iPhone 6, and two high-efficiency cores that are capable of running at just one-fifth the power of the high-performance cores. Graphics performance is also more powerful, running up to three times faster than iPhone 6 at as little as half the power, enabling a new level of gaming and professional apps.
Apple says the iPhone 7's battery will last two hours longer than the 6, and the 7 Plus battery lasts one hour more than the 6 Plus.
Both phones include support for up to 25 LTE bands, for worldwide roaming, and LTE Advanced for three times faster data rates than iPhone 6 at up to 450 Mbps.
The 12-megapixel camera includes optical image stabilisation on both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enable brighter, more detailed photos and videos, and a wide colour capture allows for more vibrant colours with more detail. iPhone 7 Plus adds a 12-megapixel telephoto camera that together offer optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos.
Coming later this year, the dual 12-megapixel cameras also enable a new depth-of-field effect, using both cameras on iPhone 7 Plus to capture images, while sophisticated technology including Machine Learning separates the background from the foreground to achieve amazing portraits once possible only with DSLR cameras.
New Quad-LED True Tone flash is 50 percent brighter than iPhone 6s including an innovative sensor that detects the flickering in lights and compensates for it in videos and photos.
New stereo speakers makes the devices two times louder than iPhone 6s. The new iPhone comes with EarPods with Lightning connector, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter that allows customers to use old headphones and accessories.
New AirPods, Apple’s innovative new wireless headphones make headphones easy to use. Featuring the new Apple W1 chip, AirPods have extremely efficient wireless communication for a better connection, improved sound and battery life. AirPods can access Siri also.
Featuring iOS 10
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with iOS 10, which introduces a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, new ways to interact with apps and even more places to use 3D Touch, a redesigned Maps, Photos and Apple Music, and the Home app.
iOS 10 also opens up opportunities for developers with Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages APIs, allowing customers to do more than ever with the apps they love to use.
The AirPods including charging case will be available for Rs 15,400 beginning in late October. All iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will include EarPods with Lightning Connector and a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter, also sold separately for Rs 2,500 and Rs 900, respectively.
Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours will be available starting at Rs 2,900 and iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case will be offered in black and white for Rs 8,900. Lightning Docks in several colour-matching metallic finishes will also be available for Rs 3,700.