With months of speculation about the new iPhone 7, Apple has announced the release date with an event that will be held on September 7, 2016.
According to Forbes, you will be able to preorder the iPhone on September 9 and the phone will be released officially on Friday, September 16, 2016, according to credible phone leaker Evan Blass.
So, here is what you can expect in about two weeks when Tim Cook presents the iPhone 7.
There will be two models – the iPhone 7 Plus and the 4.7-inch model. There are no reports of a radical design change, and the phone will look similar to the previous model.
The price range is likely to replicate the iPhone 6, with the Plus model being more expensive.
The iPhone 7 will have a bigger camera, and the Plus model will have the dual camera, which is considered the future of smartphones. So, why two cameras? It will produce much better low light images and optical zoom, which won’t become blurred like the previous models. The dual-camera technology will be the closest thing to a DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex camera).
The headphone jack is going away, and this is considered the most radical reported change to the iPhone 7. Rather than the traditional headphones, you will likely have to use the iPhone’s Lightning charging port.
As with other iPhones, the smartphone will likely come with the new Lighting port earbuds or maybe headphones, but it is unlikely. There are also reports about Apple manufacturing wireless earbuds, which may accompany the iPhone 7.
The great and powerful Woz speaks up for headphones jacks... https://t.co/hgkgBlKbyY— Norse Tech Bar (@nkutechbar) August 24, 2016
The decision has already proven to be controversial with Apple legend and co-founder Steve Wozniak slamming the decision. According to CNN, Wozniak said the following during an interview with the Australian National Review.
“If it’s missing the 3.5-millimeter earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people,” Wozniak said of the iPhone 7.
The decision to forgo the headphone jack is due to the thinness of the new iPhone. Woz also questions the quality of sound produced via Bluetooth.
“I would not use Bluetooth… I don’t like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.”
Wozniak’s warning may be coming too late with the iPhone release date just about two weeks away.
The home button is expected to be removed and replaced with pressure technology, according to Bloomberg Technology.
“…a re-engineered home button that responds to pressure with a vibrating sensation rather than a true physical click and the removal of the devices’ headphone jack, said the people, who didn’t want to be identified discussing unannounced features. Apple declined to comment.”
Some reports also suggest the iPhone 7 may have a name change. Some insiders expect Apple to drop the numbers as with the iPad. However, this is yet to be confirmed.
iOS 10 is going to get a big update. You should expect 3D Touch notifications, with new lock and home screen features. Slide to unlock is expected to be replaced with an option to press home to open the home page.
Siri technology will be open to third party developers to improve its function and learning capabilities. The control center will have a better layout and will be easier to navigate as Apple is working on removing the clutter.
Apple Maps will be updated and will fix many issues, according to TechRadar.
“iOS 10 fixes my biggest complaint about Apple Maps — its inability to scroll ahead on a route. Right now, Maps annoyingly springs you back to your current location whenever you try to look anywhere else. You’ll be free to pan and zoom around the map with the new Apple Maps update and the navigation software is also dynamically zooming in and out of long stretches and complex interchanges.”
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