The iPhone 7 has arrived.
Apple announced its next-generation smartphones and a slew of other products at its annual press event on Wednesday. The event kicked off with Apple CEO Tim Cook doing a little Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon and Pharrell. Apple recently bought a Carpool Karaoke TV series exclusively for Apple Music that will debut next year.
iPhone 7 focuses on photography: Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are water resistant, come in new shades of black, and have improved cameras.
The iPhone is Apple’s bread and butter. The company has sold over 1 billion of the devices since it launched in 2007, according to Cook. The latest version isn’t a huge departure from the iPhone 6S, but it has a few key upgrades.
It’s water and dust resistant, which is different from waterproof but still an improvement over “easily killed by water.”
The larger iPhone has two side-by-side12-megapixel cameras. One is wide angle and one is telephoto. It gives users 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. The smaller iPhone 7 still has one, lonely camera on the back. The cameras on both phones have been updated with optical image stabilizer, a new lens and a 12 megapixel sensor that’s faster. The flash has four LEDs and can detect the flickers of artificial lighting to better compensate.
Goodbye, headphone jack: Rest in peace, iPhone headphone jack. As expected, Apple has removed the port from the iPhone 7. Wired headphones, like Apple’s own EarPods, will now connect over the Lightning port instead. Apple spun the controversial decision a few ways. First, we don’t lose a port, we gain improved stereo speakers! Schiller said the decision took courage — “the courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us.”
To help ease the transition, Apple made an adapter that it will include with all iPhone 7 and 7 Pluses.
Apple is also introducing AirPods, wireless headphones that you will probably lose in the first month. The little wireless buds come with a white case for charging, and get up to five hours of listening time per charge. Built-in accelerometers and infrared sensors detect when they’re in your ears. The headphones include microphones and one-tap Siri access.
The wireless headphones will cost $159 when they come out in late October.
A new, waterproof Apple Watch: It might look the same on the outside, but Apple introduced a waterproof Apple Watch that is 50% faster and has a brighter display. It also has built in GPS. This is the first hardware update since the watch was launched last year. The new version is clumsily named Apple Watch Series 2.