14826-apple-logo-1366x768-computer-wallpaper (1)Out of all the features presented by Apple for the new iPhone 7, it looks like the biggest feature that everybody is focusing on is the lack of a headphone jack.  Whether you think that’s a good or bad thing, or somewhere in between, Apple has introduced a set of solid upgrades that will help (hopefully for Apple) drive the sales of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.  The company even rolled out the Apple Watch 2.0, which is apparently second only to Rolex in terms of sales revenue.

Here’s a short overview of the new iPhone features:

  • The headphone jack is now the Lightning connector. However the company is also providing an adapter (included) that allows standard headphones to be used. New “AirPods” are wireless, which had been rumored and are already the subject of considerable snark and derision on Twitter. However they appear to be innovative and include the ability to invoke Siri.
  • There’s a brighter display, which will show a wider range of color as well.
  • The cameras on the iPhone 7 and Plus are improved in several ways. They offer 12-megapixels and other capabilities that will improve performance in low light conditions. Digital and optical zoom have also been enhanced. A considerable amount of time was lavished on camera improvements during the Apple keynote
  • The A10 Fusion chip is more powerful and improves its graphics and gaming capabilities as well as the device’s battery life, allegedly by two hours.
  • There are also stereo speakers with increased volume.
  • The iPhone 7 is now water resistant (it’s about time, right?)

The new Apple Watch “Series 2” series has new features, the chief among them is the faster processor, built in GPS, a better display and water resistance so users are able to go swimming with the watch.  With the built-in GPS, users can go running, swimming, or do workouts without bringing there iPhones with them.

The iPhone 7 and Plus models will have three major versions: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, which will start at $649.  If you want to pre-order your phone, they’ll start on September 9.  They iPhone 7 will become available internationally in the following weeks after that.

The Apple Watch 2.0 will start at $249 and will climb to over $1,200 for the cooler, more fancy versions.  Pre-orders for the Apple Watch will be available on September 9 as well.  They’ll become available internationally thereafter in the following weeks.

iOS 10 was announced back in June, and was spoken about again September 7th.  It’ll be available next week on September 13.

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