This is new iPhone 7

This is new iPhone 7

After months of rumors, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are here in the flesh!

If you always wanted water resistance and better battery life on your iPhone, you're going to be happy.

A gorgeous new color and finish

Rumors about a new, refined black iPhone turned out to be true. The iPhone 7 will be available in a new Jet Black color, with a shiny finish giving the handset design uniformity. And it looks gorgeous! Of course, the phone will also come in gold, silver, and rose gold, which are all hues we knew from previous-gen iPhones. A stealthy matte black variant will be made available for those who don't like the Jet Black's glossy finish. 

What's also changed is that the antenna strips on the top and bottom are a lot more discrete now and blend a lot better with the handset's shape. But much more importantly, the new iPhones are IP67-certified water-resistant. You still can't take them while scuba-diving, of course, but splashes of water or a quick rinse under the tap should not do them any harm.

Attention has been given to the iconic home button as well. It is now "solid state", meaning that it won't click in anymore. It is capable of detecting various levels of pressure, and the Taptic Engine will respond with its recognizable feedback when a press is detected. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is still built right into it. 

Brighter, colorful displays

On the surface, not much has changed in the display area. The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch Retina Display, while the larger iPhone 7 Plus sticks to the 5.5-inch diagonal size. Resolution has remained unchanged, with 750x1334 for the former (326ppi) and 1080x1920 (401ppi) for the latter. However, the new display panels are 25% brighter now, peaking at 625 nits. In addition, they feature improved color reproduction, with wider color gamut. Both come with 3D Touch functionality, of course.

Performance: meet the Apple A10 Fusion

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are pretty on the outside and powerful on the inside. Both are powered by a new, quad-core chip named A10 Fusion – a solution built to be powerful, yet efficient. Two of its cores handle intensive tasks, while the other pair takes care of lighter loads by using 5 times less energy. Meanwhile, an Apple-designed controller decides which core handles what applications. For example, editing RAW images in Adobe Lightroom would take advantage of the A10 Fusion's high-performance cores, while the power-efficient pair would run when you just want to open your email. 

The benefits of Apple's A10 Fusion chip should be noticeable. It delivers up to 40% more computational power and up to 50% faster graphics compared to the A9, all while consuming less power overall. 

As far as memory options go, the new iPhones will come in three configurations – with 32, 128, and 256GB of built-in, non-expandable storage. Worth noting is that the Jet Black model will come with 128 or 256 gigs only. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus from last year will get a storage upgrade. They'll be available with either 32 or 128GB of storage, with 16-gig models being made a thing of the past. Finally!

A refined camera experience

There's no doubt that a great smartphone requires a great camera. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have that requirement covered – they come with a refined, 12MP shooter featuring optical image stabilization and wider, F1.8 aperture. Low-light performance should get a serious boost as a result, since the camera will be able to absorb much more light and to set slower shutter speeds. Besides, the new TrueTone flash now features 4 LEDs to deliver 50% greater illumination. Color reproduction is expected to be improved by a next-generation digital signal processor. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera has been given a welcome upgrade to 7MP of resolution.
However, the coolest camera feature comes only with the iPhone 7 Plus. Apple has blessed its larger iPhone with a dual camera setup. While one of the main cameras works normally, as it does in the iPhone 7, the second shooter is equipped with a telephoto lens for 2x optical zoom. That means you'll be able to get closer to subjects without sacrificing quality. And if you want to zoom in further, Apple boasts that it has improved its digital zooming algorithms.