At its Apple Keynote event on September 7, Apple unveiled the next generation of iPhone. It’s “the best iPhone we’ve ever created,” CEO Tim Cook said on stage.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus comes with 10 major new features, as senior vice president of hardware engineering Phil Schiller put it.
1. Slick new design
The new phone has a high-gloss finish, with seamless lines all around.
2. The home button has changed
The home button has changed in a major way: it is no longer a button you click, which is what you’re used to. The home button is now “force-sensitive, solid-state” and runs on a “taptic engine.”
3. Smoother, stronger phone enclosure
The iPhone is now water and dust-resistant.
4. It’s all about the camera
The camera, Schiller said, “is perhaps the most beloved feature” of iPhone for many customers. The iPhone 7 camera is a “huge advancement in photography for cell phones,” Schiller said. The new camera has: an optical image stabilizer that steadies shaky hands; a wider, six-element lens to allow more light to the sensor; a 12-megapixel sensor that is 30% more energy-efficient; the flash now has 4 LEDs and puts out 50% more light for taking a photo in dark environments. The new camera also uses machine learning to detect people and faces.
The new camera “can take a beautiful selfie,” Schiller said.