After months of rumours, leaks and speculation Apple’s next-generation smartphone is finally here.
The US tech giant unveiled its all-new iPhone 7 in San Francisco last night and Express.co.ukwas lucky enough to be in California to grab a bit of time with the handset.
We’ve already had our hands on this latest gadget from Cupertino and here’s our initial impressions of the iPhone 7.
From the outside, it appears little has changed from Apple’s previous iPhone 6 and 6s.
Other than the antenna lines which now curve gracefully around the top and bottom of the device Apple has stuck with its classic styling.
However, if you want the world to know you’ve got the latest iPhone there are two new shades of black which have been added to the current range.
Apple has created a black finish that has an anodised matte look, and an innovative jet black finish that has a deep, high-gloss appearance.
Both look stunning and are sure to be hugely popular when they become available to pre-order tomorrow.
However, before you rush to buy the high-gloss black model, we did notice that it is magnet for fingerprints – and Apple is also warning customers that it could be susceptible to scratches.
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The only other difference you’ll notice with the design is found on the larger 5.5inch Apple iPhone 7 Plus, which now features a dual camera lens.
This new double camera is quite big but Apple has done a decent job making it blend in with case.
Although we didn’t get a chance to see the image quality of this new 12-megapixel snapper we did get a demo of the new zoom function which looks very impressive.
The telephoto camera offers optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom – a feature that’s sure to be hugely popular.
It’s a shame Apple hasn’t included the same technology on the iPhone 7 which only features a standard 12-megapixel rear snapper.
One new feature that is coming to both devices is the new solid-state home button, powered by Apple’s Taptic Engine.
This means there is no physical push to this famous button.
Instead, you get a customisable tactile feedback every time your thumb taps it.
This new home button certainly feels very different – and its probably going to take some getting used to, something that didn’t happen during our brief time with the new iPhone.
The haptic powered home button does bring some extra features to the iPhones and has allowed Apple to make the device waterproof.
The IP67 waterproofing was also helped by Apple’s decision to eradicate the headphone port, with users now plugging in their cans via the Lightning socket.
It may seem like a strange idea but Apple is confident this is the future.
If you own a pair of standard headphones you can still attach them with the bundled adaptor, although this isn’t the most elegant solution to come out of the Apple design studio.
Audio fans may not be thrilled about the removal of the headphone port but this blow might be softened by the inclusion of some new stereo speakers.
These are hidden at the top and bottom of the device and they’re certainly loud and packed with power.
Something else that’s hidden from view is Apple’s new A10 Fusion processor which the firm says is their fastest brains yet.
We’ll have to wait to run some tests on the new iPhone to discover just how good the A10 chip is but Apple says it’s so efficient it will add some much-needed extra battery life to the iPhone as well.
Finally, it’s great news that Apple has finally rid the world of the pointless 16GB model and doubled the storage to 32GB.
We’ve only spent a short time with the iPhone 7 but the signs are good. The new colours look incredibly slick, it’s fast and is finally waterproof.
If you opt for the iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll also be treated to Apple’s best camera to date, although iPhone 7 users will likely be disappointed not to get the same photography prowess.
There’s also an improved audio experience via the stereo speakers and the new lightning-connected EarPods should offer better sound quality.
However, we’re not convinced that owners of standard headphones will be too keen on the new adaptor, which looks pretty ugly.
That said, if you’re a huge iPhone fan there’s plenty to be excited about and this is certainly looking like Apple’s best smartphone to date.