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Apple launches water resistant iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with two cameras and all-new headphones

Apple has launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, along with the Apple Watch Series 2 and a set of wireless headphones called AirPods.

The new phones come in two sizes, a 4.7-inch screen and a 5.5-inch "Plus" model, and feature several changes including water and dust resistance, a major upgrade to the camera with a “dual lens” system on the iPhone 7 Plus that allows for improved long-range photos, and a redesigned pressure-sensitive home button.

Apple has removed the headphone jack in favour of earbuds that connect through the phone’s charging port. It also unveiled a set of wireless headphones called AirPods that can be purchased separately at extra cost.

The iPhone 7 will start at £599 in the UK for the 32GB model, which makes it £60 more expensive than the iPhone 6s.

Here are the best features of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus:

Key things to know

  • Stereo speakers
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Longer battery life: Apple says the 7's battery will last two hours longer than the 6, and the 7 Plus battery lasts one hour more than the 6 Plus.
  • Comes in jet black, black, gold, silver, rose gold
  • A10 Fusion chip with a 64-bit four core CPU
  • Storage: 32GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Cost: Starts from £599
  • Key dates: ordering on Sept 9, shipping on Sept 16


The new camera has optical image stabilisation and a 6 element lens with f/1.8 aperture. Apple claims it's 60% faster than previous iPhones. The iPhone 7 has a single lens camera; the 7 Plus has a dual lens camera (wide angle and telephoto).

On the iPhone 7 Plus there's a new 'portrait' effect on the camera to add depth of field to photos.


Headphones will connect via the Lightning port. A free set comes with with the phone, plus an adaptor for traditional 3.5mm jack headphones

Apple are also releasing their new AirPods - wireless headphones (with a microphone) that have infrared sensors that detect when they're in your ear and only play then. W1 chip connects the AirPods to your other Apple devices. The batteries last for 5 hours and the AirPods come with a charging case that holds 24 hours of charge.A number of accelerometers are built into the earphones, which will help keep power drain to a minimum, as sensors detect when each AirPod is in your ear.

"We’re just at the beginning of a truly wireless future that we’ve been working towards for many years," says Apple's Jony Ive

Apple also announced the Apple Watch Series 2 with GPS connectivity and a more powerful processor. The watch  will cost £369 in the UK. Here are its best features:

  • Waterproof down to 50 metres
  • 50% faster,
  • 2x brighter screen
  • Built-in GPS so you can run without your phone
  • Pokemon Go Apple Watch app
  • Option of buying it in ceramic (4x stronger than stainless steel) for £1,249
  • Starts at £369 for standard Apple Watch 2

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