Wednesday was the day that Apple holds its annual event to announce the latest additions to its iPhone lineup, in addition to other products. This time around, the big announcements at the event were the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which don’t feature many external design changes from the previous generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus model but do feature some notable changes, including the controversial removal of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
The iPhone 7 is the smaller of the two devices, weighing in with a 4.7-inch Retina HD screen with 326 ppi resolution compared to the iPhone 7 Plus’ 5.5-inch Retina HD screen that comes with slightly higher 401 ppi resolution. Both are equipped with a A10 processor and 7 MP front-facing camera. The 7 comes with a 12 MP rear camera with 5x optical zoom while the 7 Plus has a dual-camera setup on the back of the device, with 12 MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras featuring 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. A Touch ID fingerprint sensor is built into the home button on both models with Apple Pay functionality. The devices are also the first iPhones to be water-resistant.
For the first time, Apple is releasing iPhones that come with a base storage option bigger than 16 GB. The phones come with storage options of 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. With the lack of a headphone jack, Apple is including a pair of Lightning earbuds, which connect to the device’s Lightning port, as well as a Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle to allow users to use standard 3.5mm earbuds.
Color options include rose gold, gold, silver, black and jet black (with the latter only available in the two larger storage sizes). As with other recent iPhone models, both the 7 and 7 Plus include the cellular bands needed to operate on all of the major U.S. carriers — including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile — in addition to the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Both also come with iOS 10, the latest version of the operating system which is scheduled to exit its beta on September 13.
Pre-orders begin this Friday, September 9, with the U.S. release date scheduled for a week later on September 16. The iPhone 7 starts at $649 for the 32 GB model, with pricing for the iPhone 7 Plus starting at $769.
You can get full specs and more for the devices at Apple’s site here.
Also announced at the event was the Apple Watch Series 2, which has a similar design to the original Apple Watch. Its upgrades include built-in GPS and 50 meters of water-resistance. The Series 2 has similar battery life — 18 hours — as the original. The Apple Watch Series 2 has the same pre-order and release dates as the iPhone 7 models. Pricing starts at $369, while the original Apple Watch is getting a faster processor and a price break, bring its base price down to $269.
Full details on the Apple Watch Series 2 can be found here.