- All new jet black and black colors (Apple notes that the Jet Black color option may scratch easily and promote the use of a case)
- Home button is changed from a physical button to a Force-touch button, similar to the trackpad on the MacBook and MacBook Pro line that works based off of the patented Taptic engine (see below, the removal of the headphone jack allows for this innovation)
- Water and dust resistant (IP67 certified) with gaskets throughout the housing
- Camera features OIS on both 7 and 7 Plus models (additional camera features below)
- F 1.8 aperture
- 6 element lens
- 12 MP sensor that is 60% faster than the previous model
- Quad-LED true tone flash
- Wide color gamut photos
- RAW image capture
- 7 MP facetime HD camera
- 7 Plus features two 12 MP cameras, one wide-angle and another is telephoto so that the focal length can be manipulated and achieve the bokeh effect — these features will come as an update to iPhone 7 Plus users
- Stereo speakers (one on top another on bottom)
- Improvements to the Retina HD display that make it 25% brighter and support for a wide color gamut
- No headphone jack, lightning ear pods are included (additionally a lightning to 3.5mm adapater comes with every iPhone 7 device)
- Wireless AirPods, which feature the Apple W1 chip, are wireless buds that require one time setup and sync across all devices through iCloud
- Apple Pay support in Japan
- Performance improvements through the newly design A10 Fusion chip, which is a 4 core 64-bit CPU that contains 2 high performance and 2 high efficiency cores (these can help save battery life when doing less intense tasks such as Email, calculator, light web-browsing and more)
Bottom line and takeaways: This is a very solid announcement for Apple and a leap forward for the iPhone and Watch lines. The camera is certainly the biggest selling feature on this device and with pictures becoming more and more important in our lives — it should be a focalpoint. The removal of the headphone jack may make some upset, but it’s 2016 — get over it and use wireless devices. Why tether yourself to a device that is meant to be mobile? One note is that the AirPods are absolutely disgraceful — they are hideous, if you don’t get the point. One of the newly released pairs of Beats wireless headphones seem to be a better choice here. Additionally, revamping the home button is something much needed as that is the primary button on the device and it is known for collecting dust and sometimes becoming inoperable on older devices — this is huge.
Apple Watch Series 2 simply builds on the great foundation that was laid out by the first-generation device. Now with better waterproofing, a new ceramic case and a faster processor — these updates bring it into 2016 with a bang.
Of course with any update, this is the best iPhone to date, with better storage options, same pricing scheme, snappy A10 Fusion chip — what more could we ask for?
Let’s end with a quick hands on of the newly announced iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 devices below, Enjoy.
iPhone 7 Hands on.
Apple Watch Series 2 Hands on.
- Folders for app grouping just like on iPhone and iPad
- Voice dictation throughout the OS (entering text and more)
- Access iCloud Photo library on tvOS
- Notes protection
- Health app upgrades
- More education focused apps for the classroom
The crowds are gathered, with Apple devices clinched in hands, to await word from Tim Cook and other important members from Apple. This was quite the impressive event, due to the fact that there were many new things introduced, updated and unveiled.
First, we got down to business with new innovation on Watch OS 2, shown proudly on the Apple Watch. Health is the focus here, with doctors having the ability to help pregnant moms, to viewing the health stats of a patient that he is currently in transit to — big help and a good innovation here. (These are likely enterprise only features that would not be used by the general public.) Innovation is innovation, nonetheless.
Next, we get into Apple TV and the new iPad Pro. Let’s start off by saying, the re-imagined Apple TV is just what Apple needed. The previous generation was nothing short of horrific. No apps, no apps and no apps. If it couldn’t be cast by Air Play or use one of the built in features for the Apple TV, you were not going to watch it. The new Apple TV features a curated version of the iOS App Store that has room for fun games and excellent interactive apps. Then you have the new Siri enabled remote, which allows you to ask questions regarding movie titles and more and essentially guide you through your experience on the device. Some question the amount of talking you are going to do with the remote in hand; however, the way it is designed — you may almost be forced into using the voice features. The remote does not include a directional pad as the previous iteration did, it includes a swipepad. However, the App Store addition alone is enough for owners of the previous generation to automatically upgrade. Yes, do it.
Let’s talk about the iPad Pro. Apple’s new 12.9″ behemoth of a tablet, starting off at $799 at the lowest storage option, is seemingly the company’s answer to the Microsoft Surface tablet. “The most powerful iPad yet” and they are not lying, this thing is a monster, paired with the optional keyboard cover and Apple Pen and you have quite the creation tool. The Apple Pen will allow for intensive graphics creation from supporting Adobe apps, in addition to more creation inside of the Microsoft Office suite. This tablet will certainly only appeal to a select audience due to it’s price tag and large size. As we know the iPad Mini is the best selling Apple tablet, and it appears that it will stay that way, even with the introduction of a larger sibling. Note that in order for you to have the full experience that Apple was touting, this setup with cost you a little over $1000, even at it’s lowest storage option (remember the mention of a select audience?). Let’s not forget to mention that this guy is packing 4 speakers, making for a better stereo sound experience.
The part of the presentation that we were all waiting for, iPhone. As we have come to expect, the S lineup is usually a small iteration on the lineup that came before it; however, this time is different for Apple. This time, Apple has actually made big under the hood changes (that is, instead of making one new change and making you shell out more cash for something trivial).
- New A9 processor which should be much improved from the previous generation
- 2 GB of RAM, increased from 1 GB
- 5 MP iSight camera
- 12 MP rear camera with 4K video
- 3D touch (Apple’s new take on a long press, deals with pressing the screen with variable pressure to initiate and can bring up different context menus on apps)
[Source: CNet, Everything you need to know about the iPhone 6S]
Is this “S” iteration worth the upgrade? As with any S upgrade, it’s up to you, as history shows itself, the S is always better than the previous, it is hard for me to understand why you would buy any Apple phone that’s not the second generation, as you don’t have to have every iteration. Users of the iPhone 6 may not wish to upgrade so soon, but if you are carrying around a 5S, this is almost a must buy.
Overall, this was the best press event of the year (to date) in regard to releases and news from from the presentation.