At an industry-typical, overly long event, Apple announced updates to their smartphone and smartwatch lines
The iPhone 7 retains the size and rough shape of the 6S, but features stereo speakers, water resistance, a pressure sensitive, solid state home button and a vastly improved camera.
The new camera is capable of optical image stabilization, is fast at f1.8, and is paired with a new software solution that seeks to improve the end result by automatically performing post-processing on every photo taken.
The headphone jack is indeed gone, though an adapter is included for free in every box.
The phone still plays nice with bluetooth earbuds, and Apple introduced their own version called AirPods. AirPods can connect to all Apple devices without the need to pair them, and offer 4 hours of battery life. They can be used as a pair, or one at a time and will sell for $159.
The 7S maintains roughly the size and shape of the 6S and inherits all of the features of the smaller 7, but features a dual lens camera as well. One of the lenses is the typical smartphone ultra wide lens, while the other one is a telephoto lens that can be used to zoom in optically at quite the distance, zoom in digitally up to 10x, and provide shallower depth of field.
The iPhone 7 and 7S will continue with the same pricing as the 6 and 6S (starting at $650), but all storage will be double that of that previous generation. Both phones will be available for pre-order on 9/9 and they will ship on 9/16.
The second generation of the Apple watch, which Apple is calling Series 2, looks the same as the original (except for an optional ceramic case marketed at runners), but uses a new dual-core processor that offers twice the performance of the original one, and is “swim resistant.” The water-resistance of the watch has been tested by simulating years worth of swims using fake swim stroke machines that run 24 hours a day.
The “old” Apple Watch which Apple now refers to as Series 1 will still available but now starting at $269 and it will feature the new processor.