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Apple officially announces iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus shipping on 16 September

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Apple officially announces iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus shipping on 16 September
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Apple unveiled both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at its keynote event.

The iPhone 7 features a high-gloss, jet black finish that acts as an enclosure around the entire phone, instead of being made up of several sections, which is also water and dust-resistant.

The Home button has also been redesigned to be force-sensitive with a taptic feedback engine built-in, and can be programmed by third-party developers, as well as have its use customised by the user.

Snap happy

The iPhone camera has been upgraded to include optical image stabilisation, a wider, "six element" lens, a 12-megapixel sensor, and flash that has 4 LEDs and a flicker-compensator.

The front camera has also been upgraded to a 7-megapixel camera, which also captures wide colour images and feature image stabilisation.

Apple also confirmed that the iPhone 7 Plus features a dual-camera system which features an optical zoom of up to 2x, with a 10x digital zoom, as well as digitally-rendered depth-of-field photos as an update later in 2016.

Looking sharp

The iPhone 7's display is now 25% brighter than iPhone 6 screens and uses all the wide colour features found in the camera.

Another speaker has been added to the phone, which provides increased volume and wider range of sound to the phone.

The rumoured EarPods were officially announced, which are new earphones which now connect through the Lightning connection, but Apple will be including a Lighting to 3.5mm jack adaptor with the iPhone 7 to compensate for the lack of a standard headphone port.

Listen up

AirPods were also revealed, a wireless set of earphones that only start playing when they're in your ears by way of infrared sensors, and provide up to 5 hours of listening at full charge.

AirPods will also come with a portable charging case that provides up to 24 hours of charging, and the earphones will work with both iPhone and Apple Watch, and switch seamlessly between both devices based on which is playing.

Apple Pay is also planned to roll out to Japan in October 2016 with updated technology in the Apple Watch and iPhone 7, along with Transit for Maps.

Hard working

The iPhone 7 will also feature a 64-bit quad-core processor, two of which are high-performance cores that run 40% faster than the iPhone 6S cores, while the other two run at 1/5 the power of the other cores which activate when using low-output apps.

A six-core graphics chip is also featured, which is both 3 times faster than the iPhone 6, while using 2/3 less power.

Coming soon

The iPhone 7 will be launching in five colours starting at $649, with iPhone 7 Plus starting at $729, with 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage available.

Pre-orders begin on 9 September, and will begin shipping on 16 September in 18 countries, with another 30 countries added a week later.

iOS10 will be available from 13 September, and the AirPods will launch in October.