Apple is back with a bang, launching not one but two iPhone variants, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The phone, with iOS 10, is available for pre-order in most international markets and scheduled to launch in India by October 7, 2016. As the Apple fever catches on, Hotcore gives you the lowdown on all you need to know about the newest gadgets on the block.
Both, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available at a starting price of 60000 INR. The iPhone 7 sports a display of 4.7 inches and the iPhone 7 Plus is slightly bigger at 5.5 inches. Both variants will be available in the standard Apple device colours of black, silver, gold and rose gold with 32GB, 128GB and 256 GB configurations. A newer variant has been launched, a jet black finish, which will be available exclusively with 128GB and 256 GB configurations.
In conjunction with the launch of iPhone 7, Apple has also launched the next generation of its smartwatch – Apple Watch Series 2. The new smartwatch is waterproof up to 50 meters and has a built in GPS. Moreover Apple has also announced a tie-up with sports giant Nike to launch the Apple Watch Nike +. The Nike watch variant will be available in India at 32,900 INR for the 38mm variant and at 34,900 INR for the 42mm variant.
Audio & Connectivity
Two features that everyone is excited about are the water and dust resistant features of the phone and the wireless headphones, called AirPods, which accompany the device. The AirPods will be launched in October at 15,400 INR and users can sync them with most existing Apple devices. Moreover the AirPods boast 5 hours of listening time with a single charge and communication with Siri merely requires a double tap on either of the pods for various tasks including making a phone call or using GPS. Yes, the iPhone 7 does not have the standard headphone jack, however, the box does include an adapter for those who wish to use their old Apple headphones on the new device.
The new phones come with a 12-megapixel camera and a front Face Time camera of 7 megapixels. In addition, the iPhone 7 Plus has a second 12-megapixel camera which is a special telephoto lens. The cameras boast of Optical Image Stabilization(OIS) and six-element lens features in addition to automatic control for white balance. On the flip side, the iPhone screen resolution is near 720p and nowhere close to what Samsung offers. Consumers who are new to Apple may not adjust too well to the absence of the headphone jack. Moreover, looks wise not much has changed in these models.
Competition is stiff with many Android phones offering almost the same features as an iPhone but at half the price. It remains to be seen over the next couple of months how the iPhone 7 fares.
So are you going to pre–order? Do let us know in the comments below.