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Apple announces the iPhone 7 feature you've been waiting for

The new generation of iPhones is finally (finally!) water resistant. But there's no 3.5mm earphone connector, sorry

By Andrea Tim | Published: 8 Sep 2016

Video: Apple

Apple is not turning back from its mission to make its products exclusive, as its latest keynote revealed its most streamlined phone yet, alongside the Apple Watch Series 2. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which will carry the new iOS 10, are well on their way to you, and here's what's really exciting about them.

It's water resistant
And dust resistant. Finally. Apple is known to not follow trends as crazily as most phone brands, only hopping on the bandwagon when they feel like it (read: when they think they've perfected it). Watch out, competititors.

The new iPhone 7 is water and dust resistant

No 35mm earphone jack
The new phone comes with EarPods, which have a Lightning connector instead of your regular, versatile 3.5mm earphone connector. Apple also made its first chargeable wireless AirPods, which are sold separately and will be launched shortly after the phone. The silver lining is that you can plug in a complimentary 3.5mm jack adapter, so you can still use your old earphones with the iPhone 7.

Stereo speaker system
The iPhone 7 is the first Apple phone to have a stereo speaker system, which just made your relatively bulkier stereo speaker system at home weep a little. Gyms are also about to get a little noisier, you guys.

New colours
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is the same size as the 6 and 6 Plus respectively, but is ever so slightly lighter. Also important: Apple has added more colours to the designs! Say hello to Black and Jet Black.

More colours (Photo: Apple)

So much storage space
Think 128GB is a lot? How's 256GB worth of storage for you? There's still the 32GB option if you want to keep things old school.

Bokeh camera
Both the 7 and 7 Plus have a 12MP camera with the expected features like image stabilisation, exposure control and up to 4k video recording, but the 7 Plus has a few more interesting things up its sleeve. The 7 Plus uses a dual camera system (wide-angle and telephoto) with enhanced the optical and digital zoom. Another feature (coming soon to the 7 Plus), is the depth-of-field effect, which makes your subject sharp and the background blur. Much like what your standard DSLR camera does, yes. That's basically the secret to great OOTD photos, by the way. The Facetime camera has been updated to 7MP photos, with 1080p HD video recording.

The price
Details about the iPhone 7 release in Malaysia are still scarce, but the prices in USD should give you an idea of what to expect (or how hard to cry). Prices start at USD649 (approx. RM2,640) for the iPhone 7.

Here's a summary of the keynote in less than two minutes.

Read more about the iPhone 7 here.

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