8 iPhone 7 details you may have missed

Getting to know the unknowns

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You’ve read the press release (which confirmed most of the rumors) so what else might you want to know when you pick up iPhone 7 and it wakes up? What follows are a few details some of which you may not have come across.

Get to the Camera

Apple made a successful explanation of the advanced new camera technologies you’ll find in iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus. The standard iPhone 7 comes with a 12MP camera, while the iPhone 7 Plus boasts a dual-camera system, with a wide-angle and telephoto lens that provides 2x optical zoom, and 10x digital zoom for photos. Both get optical image stabilization and an ƒ/1.8 aperture that allows up to 50 percent more light than the 6s. The lens has been improved and will capture better photos in low light, while the flash is 50% brighter than before with an intelligent sensor designed to compensate for flicker. You can learn more about the camera here. These improvements are big enough to have helped many consumers get past the loss of the headphone jack. You can unlock the camera by swiping your finger right on the lockscreen when your iPhone is locked. Doing so brings up the camera app so you can grab a snap fast. I still don’t know if you can use Siri to take a picture.

Live Photos

Live Photos improve in iPhone 7. Not only does the built-in camera offer optical stabilization tools that should improve image quality, but it also provides better Live Photos editing tools so you can tweak those moving images to just the right fragment. Apple is also making these tools available to third party app developers.

That processor

We know the new A10 Fusion processor is ultra-powerful, 40 percent faster than the A9 the quad-core chip delivers twice the performance of iPhone 6. A Geekbench listing for the iPhone 7 Plus spotted by 9to5Mac claims the device carries 3GB of RAM. This generates a single-core score of 3,233 and a multi-core result of 5,363, just a few points behind the 5,472 performance you get from a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple hasn’t disclosed how much RAM it has put inside the new phones, but a TENNA certification has emerged online that pegs the iPhone 7 Plus as holding 3GB RAM, while the iPhone 7 uses just 2GB.

Setting up Home

Apple’s iPhone 7 Home button uses a Force Touch enabled taptic engine and sensor that should make it more responsive. One thing you probably didn’t know is that you can customize button behavior in iPhone Settings>General>Home. Here you can choose what happens when you double-click the Home button. Doing so will take you to your choice of Home, Search, Phone Favorites, Camera or iPod. You can also set the Home button up in order that when you are playing music a double click will take you directly to music playback controls.

Better audio?

The decision to abandon the headphone jack actually makes more sense than it creates non-sense. You see, not only is Apple able to deliver better digital audio through the Lightning cable, but the removal of the port has created the space Apple needed for the Taptic Engine and a stereo speaker system. This means that when you use iPhone 7 for music or video playback you’ll get better volume and better sound clarity. Apple includes a pair of Lightning EarPods in the box, along with a Lightning to 3.5mm jack conversion adapter. The company also introduced new wireless AirPods ($159), which use a custom W1 wireless chip; however, as these aren’t water resistant I’d recommend most consumers choose one of Apple’s Beats subsidiaries new headphones which you can safely use when you run.

Jet Black

Apple’s designers love to experiment with new materials and process technologies and the new Jet Black iPhone is positive proof of this. That’s not to say there aren’t a few snags, not only does the small print warn that this finish may be “prone to fine micro-abrasions”, but you can only get it on the 128GB or 256GB iPhone models. The smartphones are also available in (matte) black, silver, gold and rose gold.

Water resistance

The iPhone 7 has IP67 water resistance. This doesn’t mean you want to leave it overnight in the rain, but does mean it will be able to withstand being in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minute. The iPhone 7 also has a moisture detection feature that will warn you if it finds moisture inside the device – if the warning comes up you should disconnect any accessory from the Lightning port and leave the device to dry.

This is 7

Apple’s “This is 7” slogan means something fairly rude in Hong Kong, so the company changed it.

“You’re holding it wrong”

Remember when Steve Jobs told us all we were “holding it wrong” as the company worked to undo the damage of antenna-gate? Well, the scientists say he was right all along.

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