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Watch out for the ap­ple iphone 7

The iphone 7 and 7 Plus hit UAE shelves last week. You’ve prob­a­bly fa­mil­iarised your­self with all its specs and fea­tures by now, but in case you missed it: al­low us to give you a re­fresher course all the same.

The lat­est it­er­a­tions of Ap­ple’s flag­ships now boast the new Ap­ple A10 chip; it is 40 per cent faster than the A9 and runs on one- fifth the power. They have, for the first time in iphones, two speak­ers, retina dis­plays that are 25 per cent brighter, a home but­ton that’s now force- sen­si­tive, are wa­ter- and dust- re­sis­tant; and come in new jet black and black colours ( space grey has kicked the bucket).

As far as the cam­eras are con­cerned, both new iphones have a new 12MP sen­sor that has OIS and is 60 per cent faster, as well as four LED flashes that give 50 per cent more light and ( should) per­form bet­ter in one of the iphone’s weaker links, low- light sit­u­a­tions. The 5.5- inch 7 Plus, ICYMI, has two lenses — one wide- an­gle lens and one tele­photo lens; the cam­era app has a new func­tion that al­lows it to work like a DSLR. Stor­age op­tions have also been dou­bled to 32GB, 128GB and 256GB ( gone are the 16GB and 64GB op­tions).

An­other thing that’s gone ( and prob­a­bly the worst night­mare of some or many) is the 3.5mm au­dio jack. But don’t worry, a good trio will take its place: the Light­ning Ear­pods, a com­ple­men­tary Light­ning- to- au­dio adap­tor and those cu­ri­ous look­ing wire­less Air­pods.

It’s not re­ally the up­grade most of us ex­pected but, de­spite this, every­one was still cu­ri­ous to find out first­hand what the iphone 7 and 7 Plus have to of­fer.

There’s also good rea­son why Ap­ple may have seemed to hold back; re­mem­ber, next year will mark the iphone’s 10th an­niver­sary, so maybe we can ex­pect some­thing “wow” from them then ( iphone X, any­one?).

And not to forget, the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 2 also made its de­but along­side the two new smart­phones.

iphone 7 – from Dh2,599, iphone 7 Plus – from Dh3,099; Watch Se­ries 2 – from Dh1,499

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