Apple has officially announced the iPhone 7 today. The new iPhone features a design that’s very similar to last year’s iPhone 6S (and the year prior’s iPhone 6), with a rounded aluminum body. But what’s entirely new is the phone’s water resistance, which means you can get the iPhone 7 wet without worry. Also new is the long-rumored dual camera system, stereo speakers, and a darker black color scheme. And, as expected, the iPhone 7 does not have a headphone jack, rendering countless 3.5mm headphones useless with the device.
Apple says the new dual camera system allows for true 2x optical zoom. Apple also says that the new device has improved battery life compared to its predecessors. The phone will reportedly have four LED flash lights – two in cool colours, and two in warm colours – and an ambient light sensor. It is unclear whether the new features will appear on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 or just the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is also expected to feature a dual-lens camera capable of taking SLR-quality photos.
Apple says the new phone will be available for purchase on September 16th, though preorders start today, so you won’t have to place an order in the middle of the night as in years past. The device was revealed by Apple’s Twitter account ahead of being announced on stage, a rare blunder for an Apple product launch.