Android isn't the only mobile operating system out there right now. The next competitor to Android is iOS, and Apple today announced their next smartphone in the iPhone 7. Sure there are a lot of jokes about how it looks similar to last year's iPhone 6S, and there aren't a lot of changes. But let's see what Apple has done to make the iPhone 7 a worthy upgrade for those looking to get a new phone this fall. There were many rumors about Apple getting rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, and that is indeed the case. Joining just a few other smartphones (namely the Moto Z and Moto Z Force from Lenovo) in not having a headphone jack.
The new iPhone is also waterproof. Following behind Sony and Samsung who have made the majority of their flagships in recent years, waterproof. Meaning you could take the iPhone 7 into the shower without worrying about damaging the device. The dual camera setup is also indeed real. Another feature that has become pretty popular with smartphones this year. With the LG G5, Honor 8, Huawei P9 and a few others using a dual camera setup. This setup is only available on the iPhone 7 Plus, not the smaller iPhone 7. Additionally, the dual 12-megapixel cameras are said to give users 2x optical zoom without losing any image quality. Something that a lot of other smartphones can't do. In fact, it's never a good idea to zoom in with a smartphone camera, especially if you want a good looking picture.
Apple has also added stereo speakers on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Something that many Android manufacturers aren't even using in their smartphones, despite users wanting stereo speakers, and front-facing stereo speakers at that. Headphones with the iPhone 7 will connect over Lightning. Of course, you'll still be able to use Bluetooth headphones with this new smartphone. As usual, Apple didn't say much in terms of specs, but we do know that the iPhone 7 is a 4.7-inch device, and the iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch display. It runs on the new A10 Fusion processor which uses the big.LITTLE architecture, which will allow for better standby times and better performance.
Pre-orders start this Friday, September 9th, and they will be available in store on September 16th. A pretty quick turnaround, something that other smartphone manufacturers need to take note of, and implement with their own launches. The iPhone 7 will cost $649. With the iPhone 7 Plus coming in at $749. Both models will be available in Gold, Rose Gold, Black and Jet Black. Also available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage models.