Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has water resistance and better cameras

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As expected, Apple has unveiled their new iPhone during their special September 7 event where they also showed off the Apple Watch Series 2. For starters, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is not a radical change in terms of design compared to the iPhone 6/6S series. Sure, it's missing the headphone jack and the antenna lines of the back are less pronounce but that's about it in terms of visual changes.

The screen size for both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is still the same as before and so is the resolution but Apple says that they have improved the brightness and color gamut of the iPhone 7's display for better color reproduction. In addition to improving the screen, Apple has also swapped out the physical home button on the iPhone 7 with a static one. 

In practice, the new home button on the iPhone 7 works a lot like how the force touch trackpad on the 12-inch MacBook works. Instead of physically pushing a button, Apple's Taptic Engine will simulate the button press of an actual home button. 

This new home button does two things. One is that it solve the age old iPhone problem of a broken home button which caused many iPhone users to resort to iOS's assistive touch software menu. Another thing is that with this new home button, Apple can more easily seal the iPhone 7 from water and dust. And yes, just like Samsung's Galaxy smartphones, both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are capable of being submerged under water. 

Also new on the iPhone 7 is a new audio setup. The removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack enables Apple to include a new stereo speaker setup on both the 7 and 7 Plus. And in case you were wondering, Apple will include a set of lightning Earpod headphones and a lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack in the box. 

Apple iPhone 7 Key Specifications

— 5.2-inch 750 x 1334 IPS LCD display
— Apple A10 Fusion SoC
— 32/128/256GB memory
— 12MP f1.8 rear camera w/OIS
— 7MP f2.2 front camera
— 1,960mAh battery
— iOS 10
— 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm
— 138g
— Jet Black (only 128/256GB models), Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
— IP67 rating

Apple iPhone 7 Plus Key Specifications

— 5.5-inch 1080P IPS LCD display
— Apple A10 Fusion SoC
— 32/128/256GB memory
— Dual 12MP f1.8 rear camera w/OIS
— 7MP f2.2 front camera
— 2,900mAh battery
— iOS 10
— 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm
— 188g
— Jet Black (only 128/256GB models), Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
— IP67 rating

Last but not least is the camera which is probably the biggest upgrade that the iPhone 7 is receiving. Unlike before, this time around there is a clear difference between the camera on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The regular iPhone 7 will come with a 12MP f1.8 camera that is optically stabalized and is paired alongside a Quad LED True Tone flash. It is also aided with Apple's new Image Signal Processor for better image processing.

But moving on to the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has added a second 12MP sensor with a 56mm focal length that will do one of two things. At launch, the iPhone 7 Plus's camera will feature 2x optical zoom thanks to the dual camera setup but in the near future, Apple will be enabling the iPhone 7 Plus's dual camera setup to capture shallow depths of field (AKA Bokeh). The shallow depth of field effect is achieved by intelligent machine learning paired with the hardware available on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple will begin selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 25 different countries beginning September 16 with pre-orders beginning this Friday (September 9). The iPhone 7 will begin at US$ 649 (~MYR 2,600) and the bigger iPhone 7 Plus begins at US$ 769 (~MYR 3,100). Additionally, Apple is also expanding their iPhone upgrade program to the UK and China with the launch of the iPhone 7.

Sadly, Malaysia is not part of the first two waves of iPhone 7 launches.

iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus availability on September 16 includes Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.

iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus availability on September 23 includes Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Learn more about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus here