September 7th marked Apple’s annual press conference in San Francisco finally revealing the long awaited iphone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2. We’ve summed up the highlights:

The iPhone 7 (4.7-inch display) and iPhone 7 Plus (5.5-inch display)

What’s new?

  • Water and dust resistant (Maybe needed this last week for Burning Man!)
    The display is 25% brighter
  •  Stereo speakers at the top and bottom and have twice the volume
  • Longer battery life: 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
  • Looks very similar to the iPhone 6S, but instead of the matte metal finish has a shiny glossy, mirrored design.
  • The new colour is called jet black. We still have the gold, silver and rose gold but they seem to be moving away from the standard space grey.
  • Wireless earphones called AirPods (with a microphone) that have very clever infrared sensors that detect when they’re in your ear and only play then
  • They use the company’s own W1 chip for connectivity, supposedly making them more reliable than Bluetooth.
  • The batteries last for 5 hours
  • The smartbox they come in also charges them – allows for 24 hours of charge.
  • The front camera on the iPhone 7 has been bumped to 7 megapixels (I see a theme here…)
  • It has automatic image stabilisation helping you to steady for better selfies and recording videos
  • Apple also reckons it’s 60% faster than previous iPhones.
  • The iPhone 7 has a single lens camera
  • The 7 Plus has a dual lens camera with a new portrait effect to add depth of field to photos.
  • A pressure sensitive Home circle instead of a mechanical button
  • A10 Fusion processor chip that they preach is 40% faster than last years and is paired with a new graphics processing chip that is 50% faster than what’s in the A9
  • Storage: 32GB, 128GB, 256GB (16GB has been discontinued)
  • Siri has been given a massive makeover and is seeming much smarter.
  • She can now write your messages, do image searches and transcribe your voicemails (now I like this)
  • Apple Music is apparently much simpler and more intuitive.
  • It has brought back useful iTunes features, including Recently Added and Recently Played sections.
  • Apple Maps has also had a redesign that makes Maps more proactive
  • It can check your calendar for places you’re meant to be going, and has a better search function for amenities close to you.
  • And last but not least Super Mario is coming to the iPhone – and is the first version of Mario that can be played one-handed.

Cost?

$1,079 and $1,260

Key dates?

Pre-orders start September 9

Apple Watch Series 2

What’s new?

  • Waterproof down to 50 metres
  • 50% faster,
  • 2x brighter screen – apparently it is “really vivid” even in sunlight
  • Built-in GPS so you can run without your phone
  • Pokemon Go Apple Watch app – of course!!
  • Using the new GPS it will show you how far you have to walk to hatch your egg, what Pokemon are nearby and how many calories you’ve burnt…..
  • Also come in ceramic (4x stronger than stainless steel)
  • Will connect to the Airpods
  • You can “tap back” to send quick reply messages
  •  Has new stickers (yes!), full-screen effects and Scribbled” custom-replies: Making it ridiculously easy to write on the small watch screen

Cost?

The Updated Apple Watch Series 1 will cost $399, Apple Watch Nike+ starts at $529, the ceramic edition starts at $1799, and the Apple Watch Hermès starts at $1,779.

Key Dates?

Pre-orders start September 9

The evolution of the iPhone over the years:

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