At today’s Apple keynote event the company announced the next in the iPhone family—the iPhone 7. There’s a couple of interesting things that came out of event such as there being no more earphone jack!
That was pretty much the biggest thing since Apple took something that is an industry constant, something expected with every device at launch—the universal, readily available 3.5mm jack—and tossed it into the void.
The replacement with iPhone 7 will be wireless ear buds or AirPods. These particularly expensive audio output devices look very easy to either break or misplace, but that’s the direction Apple feels it should move in. If they prove particularly popular the industry will follow. If $160 just doesn’t work for some iPhone users, the company is releasing ear buds that connect to the iPhone 7 via lightning cable. AirPods will be available in October.
What about the fate of the home button that has been on the iPhone’s physical design forever? That also resulted in some buzz leading into the announcement. It’s gone. Instead the home button will be a part of the phone’s Taptic Engine.
The rest of the announcement was about the usual next generation smartphone announcement period specs. The iPhone 7 will have a rounded aluminum body, waterproof, and a longer life battery. New to the iPhone 7 is a dual camera system and Apple dropping the 16GB model and just coming out with a 32GB version on board but will also have 128GB and 256GB versions.
More about the iPhone 7 will be revealed in the lead up to its September 16th release where the base version will be $650. Preorders kick off tomorrow.