Apple has officially announced the iPhone 7 Plus, its first smartphone to offer dual camera technology with telephoto capabilities for a 2X optical zoom.
Unveiled during the firm’s hotly-anticipated launch event in San Francisco, the new iPhone doesn’t look too dissimilar to the last year’s iPhone 6S Plus device, sporting the same aluminium design, rounded edges but this time without the iconic antenna lines and a high-gloss finish.
However, the key feature in the iPhone 7 Plus is that, as expected, it is the first to offer a dual lens camera, meaning there’s now two 12MP cameras built in to the device; one has the wide angle 12MP lens the other is a telephoto lens.
This means users can create a zoom feature. This works via the camera app as before, but now Apple said there’s a new 1X button above the shutter. With this button you can just tap it and the photo jumps to a 2X optical zoom. You can put you finger on to drag across to zoom from 1x to 10x, with much better zoom quality than seen on the iPhone 6S.
“The 12-megapixel camera includes optical image stabilisation and a larger ƒ/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enabling brighter, more detailed photos and videos, and a wide colour capture allows for more vibrant colors with more detail,” Apple said .
“The iPhone 7 Plus’ 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.”
There’s also now 4 LEDS in the flash, for 50 % more light that reaches 50% further, Apple said.
As expected, there’s no audio port in the iPhone 7 Plus. Users will need to connect their earbuds either over Bluetooth or via the device’s lightening connection. However, Apple said there’ll be a 3.5mm jack adapter in the box with every iPhone so not to irk those who have splashed out for expensive traditional headphones. Apple took the opportunity to unveil its new wireless earpods, which connect wireless to the iPhone or Apple Watch automatically with one tap.
Another one of the iPhone 7 Plus’ most exciting feature is the iPhone’s new enclosure which is both water and dust resistant thanks to ‘IP67 protection standard’ meaning it will be safe from water or dust if “the worst happens”.
As for the display, Apple has made the iPhone 7 Plus ‘s Retina HD display 25% brighter than on the iPhone 6S Plus, while retaining the 3D Touch capability.
The iPhone 7 Plus also features a new home button that is more simple but more powerful and customisable, Apple said. It’s been re-engineered so it is now “force-sensitive”, meaning it works together with a new haptic engine to be more responsive and creating a better feel, giving users unique haptic feedback depending on how you’re using it.
In terms of performance, the iPhone 7 Plus packs a new A10 Fusion chip, which Apple says is a four Core processor that runs runs 40 % faster than the iPhone 6 Plus.
Of course, the new iPhone runs Apple’s soon-to-be-released iOS 10 software. Beyond that, the iPhone 7 Plus offers stereo speakers for the first time as well as support for a bunch of new accessories, including docking stations and cases.
You better get in line outside the Apple Shop now, as Apple has said that the new iPhone 7 Plus will be available to pre-order from 9 September before they start shipping on 16 September in the UK.
It will be available with 32GB, 128GB or 256GB storage options in the usual Black, Gold, Silver, Rose Gold colour options, alongside a new black called simply “Jet Black”, which is much darker than previous black models.
The larger iPhone 7 Plus will be even more of a wallet buster than it’s smaller sibling.
The cheapest (32GB) iPhone 7 Plus costs £719, followed by a 128GB model at £819, and then a 256GB variant costing an astonishing £919 in the UK.
You can pre-order via the Apple store from now.
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