Apple finally unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at its ‘See You on the 7th Event’ in San Francisco. The new iPhones — like every year — are the companies best iPhones yet and come with a number of new improvements and features.
We have already highlighted the best features of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and in this post, we are highlighting some of the little-known features of the latest iPhones from Apple.
8. iOS 10
The latest software update, available on Tuesday, will add more intelligence to Apple services like Maps, Photos, the iPhone keyboard and Siri, the voice-activated digital assistant. There’s a new Home app to control appliances. In a big change for Apple, the company is also opening Siri and its iMessage service to work with apps created by independent developers.
Apple is also allowing developers to build apps for iMessage, although the options so far appear to mostly involve sending payments or ordering food. It’s also adding bigger emoji and other visual effects for iMessage, including what it calls “Invisible Ink,” which blurs an image in a message until a recipient swipes a finger across the screen. Apple announced many of the features in June.
The new Jet Black color for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might look tempting but think again if you are planning on buying your new iPhone in that color. The glossy finish of the color is a fingerprint magnet and it will also show scratches and fine micro abrasions easily. No wonder Apple explicitly mentions that Jet Black iPhone 7 owners should use a case with the phone to protect it from scratches.
The high-gloss finish of the Jet Black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.
6. Stereo Speakers
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with stereo speakers, but they are not located at the bottom of the phone as speaker grilles would lead you to believe. The secondary speaker grille is only for aesthetics purposes, with the secondary speaker actually hidden inside the earpiece hole at the top. This helps in creating better stereo separation between the speakers. Apple says that the new stereo speakers on the iPhone 7 is up to twice as loud as the iPhone 6s and features better dynamic range.
5. Live Photos API
Apple first introduced Live Photos with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year. The only way to take a Live Photos on those iPhones was using the stock Camera app. This year, Apple is making some improvements to Live Photos with its latest iPhones. Firstly, Live Photos will now make use of OIS to capture footage with less shake.
Additionally and perhaps more important is the fact that Apple is making a Live Photos API available to developers. This will allow third-party apps to also capture Live Photos. During the keynote, an upcoming version of Instagram for iOS was shown using the Live Photos API to add some fun effects.
4. Haptic Feedback
Apple has removed the hardware home button on the iPhone 7 in favor of a capacitive home button. This button simulates the feeling of being pressed by using the Taptic Engine, which is now capable of vibrating across a wider range. While this might not seem like a big deal, Apple is also providing developers with an API to take advantage of this in their apps. Apps and especially games will be better able to communicate with users this way by providing them feedback using the home button and the taptic engine.
3. Faster LTE
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with a new modem that is capable of offering download speeds of up to 450Mbps. This is over 50 percent faster than the iPhone 6s and up to 3x times faster than the iPhone. In addition, the new iPhones also support up to 25 LTE bands allowing one to enjoy worldwide roaming without any compatibility issues.
2. FaceTime HD Camera
The iSight camera is not the only one that has been upgraded by Apple for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has also seen a resolution bump. It now features a 7MP sensor which means it will now capture selfies with more details.
It is now also capable of recording videos in Full HD resolution and make use of auto image stabilization.
1. Portrait Mode
During the keynote, Apple showed that the iPhone 7 Plus thanks to its 56mm telephoto lens will be able to capture photos with DSLR-like bokeh effect. To shoot photos with this ‘bokeh’ effect, one needs to switch to a new ‘Portrait’ mode in the camera app.
However, this feature will not be available on the phone right out of the box. Apple will be rolling out a software update for the iPhone 7 Plus in the coming few weeks to enable this feature on the phone.
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