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Sept. 7th Event: Apple Announces iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

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Earlier today, Apple kicked off their first fall event by announcing a plethora of new products. They announced the rumored iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2.

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The next-generation iPhones, called ‘iPhone 7’ and ‘iPhone 7 Plus,’ were just announced. The phones looks relatively similar to the iPhone 6/6s series, but they have plenty of new features and design updates to differentiate them. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available in a high-gloss jet black finish, a much darker space gray simply called black, and the normal gold, silver, and rose gold. The phone is also water resistant with IP67 protection standard.

As rumored, the iPhones have several new features related to the Home button, camera, headphone jack, and performance. The Home button mechanism has been replaced with force-sensitive pad. It works with the Taptic Engine to provide vibration feedback with quick actions, messages, notifications, and ringtones. It is also customizable with third-party apps. The front camera on both phones have been upgraded to 7MP (up from 5MP) and the rear cameras are staying at 12MP. The iPhone 7 has a single wide-angle 12MP camera that is 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient. The iPhone 7 Plus has two 12MP rear cameras with the first being the same as the iPhone 7’s camera and the second a telephoto camera.

In a controversial move, Apple has removed the headphone jack on their new iPhone. They have replaced it with stereo speakers that are located on the top and bottom of the iPhone. The phone will now use wireless via Bluetooth and Lightning for audio. In the box, there is a pair of Lightning-powered EarPods and a special adapter for Lightning to analog (AUX). Apple has also designed their own AirPods, which are a new version of their EarPods, except they are wireless.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by the quad-core A10 Fusion processor with 6-core graphics. This allows the phone to be 40% faster than the iPhone 6s and three times faster than the iPhone 6. The battery life has also been improved with up to two extra hours.

The iPhone 7 starts at $649 (or $27/month) for 32GB and the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769 (or $32/month) for 32GB. The phones are also available in 128GB and 256GB configurations. Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus start Friday, September 9th and the phones will be released on Friday, September 16th.

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in five colors: rose gold, gold, silver, black, and jet black.




 

Apple Watch Series 2

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The second-generation Apple Watch was finally announced after the first version has been available for more than a year. The new Apple Watch looks identical to the first Apple Watch, but it was completely reengineered to be waterproof. Inside the watch, there is a much slimmer and brighter display and more powerful processor. The new dual-core processor is up to 50% faster with 2x the graphics. As rumored, the watch also has a built-in GPS that will measure pace, distance, and location without the iPhone.

In addition, there is a new case material available and several new models. The Apple Watch Series 2 will come in aluminum, stainless steel, and now white ceramic. The ceramic case is four times stronger than stainless steel. Apple has also partnered with Nike to design the Apple Watch Nike+ which has exclusive bands in four colors and the Nike logo on the watch.

The Apple Watch Series 2 starts at $369. Pre-orders start Friday, September 9th and the watch is released Friday, September 16th. The special Nike+ watch also starts at $369 and will be available in late October. The current Apple Watch is renamed to Apple Watch Series 1 and it has been upgraded with the new dual-core processor.

 

Other Updates

iOS 10

The next-generation software update was announced today. It comes with several features and it is available on Tuesday, September 13th.

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The next-generation software update for Apple Watch was announced today. It comes with several features and it is available on Tuesday, September 13th.

 

Additionally, Apple has announced that Pokemon GO is coming to the Apple Watch and Nintendo is bringing Mario to the iPhone sometime before the end of the year. We will have more in-depth posts about the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 in the next couple of days.

More iPhone 7 rumors: less antenna lines, no protruding camera

We imagined a flush rear camera on our iPhone 6s  concept last spring, but now it appears that Apple is finally doing it.
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While we have been primarily focusing on Apple’s rumored spring event on March 15th, Apple is also planning to hold an event in September for their annual iPhone upgrade. The next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 7, is a major generation which means that it will feature a complete redesign with updated internal specs. Current rumors suggest a dustproof and waterproof phone that is made out of a new material (we are hoping for glass) with no headphone jack and wireless charging. A new report from MacRumors from a reliable source says the rear shell won’t have as many antenna lines and the protruding camera will be less protruding.

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Let’s finally have an iPhone that sits flat without a case

The iPhone 7 will still have antenna lines, but they will be less visible according to the report. Currently the iPhone 6s has antenna bands on the side, back, top and bottom of the phone, but the iPhone 7 will only have bands on the side, top and bottom. Unfortunately the iPhone can’t have a full unibody design since the antennas can’t transmit through metal. Previous generations of iPhone had glass or plastic covering them so Apple is limited to what material they use. Other reports have collaborated with this report to suggest less antenna lines. The design of the iPhone 7 will also, unfortunately, remain similar to the iPhone 6s.

The protruding rear camera will also no longer protrude from the phone. Apple is using a thinner camera module which will allow it to sit flush with the rest of the phone. An earlier report suggested the iPhone 7 Plus may have two rear cameras while the iPhone 7 will only have one. The absence of the headphone jack should free up space inside the phone for a dual-camera system.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September alongside the Apple Watch 2.




New design with non-metallic casing materials potentially coming for iPhone 7

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With the new iPhone 6s coming out, it’s hard to think about what Apple has in store for the next-generation iPhone 7 that will be released next year. Like every other numbered iPhone generation, we expect a complete redesign of hardware with updated internal specifications. As for this design, we have some new rumors that suggest it’s something far beyond what we could ever imagine.

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Several posts on China’s microblogging website, Weibo, suggest that Apple is considering a completely different design with new materials for the iPhone 7. The phone will reportedly by waterproof and dustproof, which makes sense since Apple has increased the durability of the iPhone 6s. The recently released iPhone is not technically “waterproof,” but it did survive an hour underwater in a new video without malfunctioning. Apple also added rubber gaskets around the external buttons with the iPhone 6 series phones. The iPhone 7 will also feature a “completely flat” LCD panel, which may suggest that Apple is moving away from curved glass with their new design. Finally, the phone will also be made out of a new casing material that will not be metallic, like the iPhone 6s’ aluminum frame. Perhaps they are considering returning to glass, like the iPhone 4/4S or the Samsung Galaxy S6.

In addition to these rumors, the KGI Securities analyst that is famous for predicting upcoming Apple products said that the iPhone 7 will be retaining the 3D Touch display and be incredibly thin. The phone will be between 6.0mm and 6.5mm thin, which is around the thickness of the iPod touch (6.1mm).

Since the iPhone 7 is still a year away, these rumors may be for a prototype design that Apple is looking at and may not reflect the final design.