Shipping September 16th...
The iPhone 7 and 7+ are the most advanced iPhones ever. For the first time, these devices are also water and dust resistant, meeting the IP67 protection standard. No OtterBox required! There has been a major camera upgrade on these devices, especially the 7+. Both models now feature optical image stabilization. There is a new wider 1.8" aperture lens with 6 elements that is 60% faster than the previous camera on the 6s. The iPhone 7+ is similar to the regular 7 except it adds a 2nd 12mp camera capable of both wide angle and 56mm telephoto shots. Nothing can compare to optical zooming with built-in image stabilization. Anyone who has ever used the grainy digital zoom on other iPhones is going to be blown away by the sharpness when zooming in. This device is now also capable of shooting shallow depth of field "Portrait" style shots that are super sharp with a blurred background, professional style. Even the front "selfie" camera has been improved. It's now 7mp HD (up from 5mp) with wide imaging and auto image stabilizer.
The Retina HD display has been improved. It's 25% brighter and has a new Cinema standard with color management and 3D touch. There's also been a special integration with Instagram. Audio is now in stereo with two speakers, one on each end of the device in landscape mode. This produces twice the volume of the 6 and 6s models.
Apple debuts their new W1 wireless chip. This new wireless technology is far easier to set up than old-school BlueTooth. These earpods actually detect and enable when they are in your ears. They offer about 5 hours between charges. Users can use the iCloud to set up across all devices. Gone is the 3.5mm analog jack. Have no fear though as Apple is packaging both new models to include their new lightning connection earbuds. They are also including an Lightning-to-3.5mm adaptor in the box. Even more exciting is their soon-to-be-released wireless ear pods. These will ship in late October with an MSRP of $59.99. They are much easier to work with than BlueTooth technology. No confusing pairing required. Many companies including JBL and Beats are already working on products to support the new Lightning connection and W1 technology devices.
Much of what makes the new iPhone so awesome is in the iOS10 software. This is great news for current iPhone owners because it will improve the performance of their current devices. SIRI can now open APS. Maps have been redesigned. More importantly, iOS10 introduces Apple HomeKit. This is the internet of things and will allow you to remotely control many home functions like lights, garage doors, climate control, and a lot more.
Caution... Even though iOS 10 will be available for FREE download on September 13th, don't do it! I always recommend waiting a week. Then Google "Problems with iOS10". If you see dozens of posts with the same problems... Battery drainage issues, contacts lost, etc... Wait for the patch before downloading. Often times, some of the older models may barely have enough speed or memory to handle the new software.
Messaging has been updated with new designs and special effects. The Home button is now customizable too. The Home button has been totally improved. Its Force sensitive solid state Taptic engine API enables Apple's 3D touch feature.
As far as performance, the new A10 Fusion processor is a beast. It offers 64 bit quad core architecture with over 3.3 billion transistors. Apple claims this new A10 processor will be 40% faster than the A9 found on the 6s series and over twice as fast as the processor on the iPhone 6. The battery is about 2 hours longer than the 6s and about one hour longer than the 6s+ model.
Apple Pay has added Felica Technology for Japan. the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — and the second generation Apple Watch will be equipped with Sony FeliCa NFC technology. The move will allow for Apple Pay transactions in-store, in-app and online as well as for transport when the payment service makes its launch in Japan in October 2016.
Apple has added black and Jet Black colors to the normal, silver, gold and rose gold options. Interestingly, the SE models will come in 16GB but the 6, 6s, 6s+ and 7 series will offer 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. The Jet Black models exclusively come in 128GB or 256GB only. As we correctly predicted, the iPhone 7 will be $649. The iPhone 7+ will start at $769. We can take orders for Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon starting September 9th. Apple will begin shipping on September 16th. They will launch iOS 10 to the public on September 13th as well.
If you want one of these devices, let me know. Any day, the rest of the line will drop $100 per device so there will never be a better time to get a new iPhone than now.
Apple Watch series 2. Faster, brighter, water resistant and more stylish. ViewRanger introduced which is a great new hiking application. PokeyMon Go is now available on the series 2.
NIKE + new partnership with APPLE. Special model designed for runners. NIKE + runners club membership included.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.