iPhone 7: Apple Kills The Headphone Jack, Brings Back Wireless Headphones And…Partners Up With Mario?!
Yes, that’s right, there’s no more headphone jack in the iPhone 7. First Apple killed floppy disks, then the CD/DVD drive, then USB 3 ports and now THIS. When will the bloodshed end? Never. Apple will always abandon tech it deems to be a little bit naff. That’s their thing, and it’s served them well so far.
But what else is new in the iPhone 7? We’ve got all the details for you right here…
Introducing AirPodsHow will you listen to all your music without the headphone jack? Say hello to wireless headphones. We know, Bluetooth/wireless headphones – they’re for dorky, BMW driving, middle-aged accountants in suits, right? They're for dickheads, aren't they?
Well Apple would like to change all that. Tim Cook (Apple CEO) and his pals have introduced AirPods (£159), which will set the new standard for wireless headphones. (According to Tim Cook and his pals.) Will they actually be any good? More on that below. But first – MARIO.
Say hello to Mario
The one true surprise from Apple’s announcement was their partnership with everyone’s favourite plumber (sorry, Luigi). Super Mario, the third best Italian ‘thing’ behind the Italian cuisine and Andrea Pirlo, will be featuring in an exclusive new game for iOS called ‘Super Mario Run’. The new game is a classic 2D platformer, will feature a multiplayer component and will be released later this year.
What about the design?The new iPhone features a design that’s very similar to last year’s iPhone 6S, with a rounded aluminium body, but what is new is that the iPhone is now water resistant. It means the phone can now stand being submerged in water up to depths of 1m (3.2ft) for 30 minutes at a time. So, yes, that’s right, there’s no need to have a mini-heart attack next time you drop your phone down the toilet. (How do people manage that anyway?)
New camerasIf you buy the iPhone 7 plus, you’ll be able to play around with two rear-facing cameras. Each camera has a different focal length, which will allow you to choose to shoot photos with a wide-angle or a telephoto lens. You’ll also be able to use the lenses to enhance the blur of the background behind your chosen subject.
If you opt for the standard iPhone 7, there’s a new 12-megapixel sensor, a new flash and an f1.8 lens. We can't wait to try them both out.
Is there anything else?Great question! There sure is. That’s why I’m still writing this article.
Apple have never really liked physical buttons. Rumour has it that every day Tim Cook looked down at his phone and saw that big, circular home button, a little part of him died inside. (You know that ‘rumour’ I just mentioned? Yeah, it's (obviously) entirely false. I just made that up to (mildly) amuse you.)
Although the Home button is still there, it’s no longer a physical thing, and instead uses the same technology seen in Apple’s Macbook trackpads. Apparently, the feedback from the button will be a whole lot more satisfying, plus you’ll feel notification buzzes when you get a call or text.
More on the headphone jack
It’s difficult to see ditching the headphone jack, albeit at this early stage, as a good idea.
Speaking to BBC News, Simon Lucas (editor of What Hi-fi magazine), said: "If you've been interested purely in the audio quality then a wired connection has always been best.
"You have greater stability - there's no possibility of drop-outs. Wireless headphones also need to be charged, and the louder you listen to them the quicker they will run out of power.
"With regards to headphones with a lightning connector, there's only about eight pairs currently available and they will all have had to pay Apple a licence to use its proprietary connector."
Apple did say that their new wireless headphones would, essentially, be industry leaders, with the ability to connect to phones much faster than the existing competition. Only time will tell if ditching the headphone jack will be a good move. But then again, this is Apple. They’re quite good at all this stuff, aren't they?
Apple also released new information about the second generation of the Apple Watch, but that’s a conversation for another time. In the meanwhile, iOS 10 will come out next week, and the new macOS update will hit on September 20th.
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