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Apple unveils the new iPhone 7

Oh, thank heavens, the iPhone 7 is finally here.

Say hello to the world’s most innovative, cutting-edge, smartphone—the best iPhone ever created. Clearly Apple would say that, but well, we can let you judge if that’s true or not as you read about all that the iPhone 7 has to offer.

As a current iPhone owner, I’ve had to deal with a constant shortage on storage that forces me to delete apps and pictures. Needless to say, it gets aggravating. However, with this new smartphone, they doubled every each of the gigabyte options. The least amount storage you will be able to have is 32GB while the highest will be 256GB! Now that is a lot of space for photos and games.

Apple also added their newest feature to the iPhone 7: dust and water resistance. Now your friends can push you in the pool and your phone will be okay (although we at The Sandspur still don’t recommend that). This feature is very helpful, especially if you don’t have a waterproof case, which can cost a fortune.

The aesthetics have taken a new turn as well. There are two new colors—the glass and aluminum ‘Jet Black’ and the matte-finish ‘Black.’ With its sleek design, the iPhone 7 still has its camera bump, but this time it is a bit special, featuring a larger lens with 12-megapixel rear sensor—lighter, faster, and more efficient—while its front-facing camera increases to an astonishing 7 megapixels.

Another novel attribute that Apple has built into the design is the stereo speakers, one at the top and one at the base of the smartphone. This miniature version of surround-sound will give you louder, clearer audio, which will be awesome for movies and gaming. The iPhone 7 should also project twice the volume of the 6S, as well as having an improved dynamic range. Basically, they should sound pretty good.

Now this rumor started a while back that Apple released the IPhone 7 with absolutely no headphone jack.


Okay, take a deep breath, because it is not all bad news.

With no headphone jack, Apple has placed a set of Lightning Earpods in each box, meaning they’ve expanded the technology from their lightning chargers. The box will also contain a courtesy adaptor, so thankfully you can still use your regular earphones—but isn’t that more things to care for and not lose? The stressful life.

Now if you are feeling like spending some money, you can get the Airpods ($159 to be exact), which are Apple’s first wireless Bluetooth earbuds, offering five hours of listening in a single charge. You can also make calls, interact with Siri, use touch response, and—best of all—you can lose them. If you are not careful, you can just go for a hike and lose them, or put them down somewhere and the next thing you know you have to go through piles of clothes and empty your whole closet to find it. Even more stress.

Now that doesn’t sound too great; I would rather just stick to earphones.

Apple says the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have the best battery life of any iPhone to date—and they should. Those upgrading from the iPhone 6S can expect, on average, an additional two hours from each charge. The iPhone 7 will also have a brighter, bolder display; however they stuck with the same screen size and resolution from the 6S for the iPhone 7—so there is not much to report there.

Along with the iPhone 7 launch, iOS 10 is expected, and it is a tremendous feature upgrade over iOS 9.3. It displays a much smarter Siri that can command third-party apps and add new messaging functions. It does not stop there though, iPhone 7 also gets a performance boost, with the phone packing a four-core, 64-bit Apple A10 Fusion chip. Now that’s a big leap from just a dual-core processor in the iPhone 6S, becoming 40% faster and ultimately more efficient.

All of this sounds great—there are many pros to the iPhone 7 and few cons—but we will let you decide. We all know the price can be a big issue. The 32GB is set at $649, the 128GB at $749, and the 256GB at $849.

Yeah, now that is a lot. So, have you preordered yours yet?

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