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Everything Apple announced during the iPhone 7 unveiling event

Macworld Staff | Sept. 8, 2016
Yes, the iPhone 7 was Wednesday's event headliner, but Apple had plenty of other announcements and news to share.

More than just an iPhone event

While the iPhone 7 was Apple's headliner, Tim Cook and friends had plenty of other announcements and news to share during the company's annual fall event on Wednesday. From a waterproof Apple Watch to wireless earbuds with a sprinkle of Super Mario (yes, really!), this event was one for the books. Read on to see everything Apple announced.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Our main event was the unveiling of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which features a new A10 Fusion chip, new top-and-bottom stereo speakers, an overhauled Force Touch button (formerly the Home button) and a water-resistant coating. The phone's body design is the same as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively), and comes in five finishes: silver, gold, rose gold, black (matte), and a new finish called jet black (glossy).

You can preorder the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus starting Friday, September 9, and you can find it in stores on Friday, September 16. The iPhone 7 costs US$649 for the base 32GB model (bye-bye, 16GB!), US$749 for 128GB, and US$849 for 256GB. The iPhone 7 Plus starts at US$769 for 32GB, US$869 for 128GB, and US$969 for 256GB. 

Goodbye analog headphone jack, hello wireless EarPods and AirPods

The rumors were true: Apple ditched the analog headphone jack with the iPhone 7 and is instead switching to Lightning-based headphones and Bluetooth options. To get you started, every iPhone 7 or 7 Plus ships with a pair of new Lightning-enabled EarPods and an analog-to-Lightning adapter. 

If you prefer the wireless route, Apple also debuted the AirPods, wireless Bluetooth-enabled ear buds that include a charging case. Those are sold separately from the iPhone, and will set you back $159.

If you're sticking with your current iPhone model, but want to try out Apple's new Lightning-based EarPods, you can find them in the Apple Store for $29 (and theLightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter for $9)

Killer cameras

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are getting major camera boosts from their predecessors. Both the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch 7 Plus have a wider f/1.8 aperture to capture more light, a 6-element lens, high-speed 12-megapixel sensors, quad-LED True Tone flash, a new sensor to compensate for flickering lights, wide color capture, and optical image stabilization. Both cameras have zoom.

The 7 Plus, as long rumored, has two cameras, both 12-megapixels, with two lenses. One is wide-angle, and the other is a 56mm telephoto lens. Shallow depth of field, called bokeh, is something you can usually only achieve with a DSLR's full frame sensor or a giant lens. The 7 Plus camera accomplishes it easily-just tap the new Portrait option in the iOS Camera app coming in a free iOS update later this year to preview it automatically. 

 

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