There wasn’t just one large conference today, but two. A couple of hours before Sony had their event in New York, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 — the latest device for what is quietly the largest gaming platform in the world. Here’s what you need to know.
As far as the raw hardware, the iPhone 7 will come with a new A10 Fusion system-on-chip quad-core CPU. There’s no Geekbench scores out yet for comparison, but the graphics performance is 50 percent better than the A9 CPU in the previous iPhone — which should have a big impact when it comes to the more visually intensive games.
The screen is 25 percent brighter now, although there’s no update to the resolution of the Retina display. There’s also 3D Touch support, which could be interesting once more developers experiment with the functionality over the next few years.
As for the camera, it comes with optical image stabilisation and a dual-lens, much like the Huawei’s P9 earlier this year. It’ll also run the latest version of iOS — iOS 10 — and the phone is dustproof and waterproof to boot.
And perhaps the biggest change that will immediately affect a lot of people is the removal of a headphone jack, although Apple will have an adapter allowing normal headphones to connect to the Lightning port. The idea is to push everyone towards wireless or Bluetooth-enabled ear buds, and Apple argued that removing the headphone jack gave them space for other components.
For more of the nitty-gritty about the hardware and specifications, including the announcement of the Apple Watch 2, our friends at Gizmodo have got all the details. But as far as it comes to a device that has roughly half a million games available for download, those are the things you need to know.
Most important part: the price. The 32GB model, which is now the entry level for the iPhone 7, will set you back $1079. It’ll be $1269 if you want to buy the iPhone 7 Plus outright, but most will probably opt for cheaper monthly plans.