The improvements start with the design as the new iPhone 7 Plus gets refined aesthetics. The antenna lines are repositioned to the top and bottom. In terms of ports, Apple removed the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of the lightning port for data and accessories while you get a lightning to 3.5mm adapter. The home button is now made of glass and is pressure sensitive similar to the Force Touch on MacBook.
What’s new is the IP67 water and dust resistance with up to 1 meter deep of waterproofing for up to 30 minutes.
The big changes are found on the back. There is now a dual 12MP camera setup on the back with the primary getting f1.8 wide aperture and the secondary camera serves as a telephoto lens that gives a bokeh effect in portrait shots. Meanwhile, the OIS returns with new quad LED flash.
Under the hood is a big jump in performance. The Apple A10 Fusion chip provides up to 40% power over the A9 yet it’s more efficient thanks to the quad-core processor.
The same color options are offered as to the iPhone 7 with the Jet Black limited in 128GB and 256GB model. Other colors are Gold, Silver, Black, and Rose Gold or Pink.
Apple already announced the pre-order date which is on September 9 and the release date is on September 16 in the USA. Availability in Asia including Hong Kong and the Philippines is on September 20 or earlier.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus official price, full specs, release date in the Philippines
- Display: 5.5-inch IPS LCD, Full HD resolution, 401 ppi, scratch resistant
- Design: Aluminum metal, IP67 Water and Dust Resistance
- Size: 188g weight, 7.3mm thick
- CPU: Apple A10 quad-core processor
- GPU: Hexa-core graphics
- RAM: 3GB
- Memory: 32/128/256GB storage, no microSD card
- Camera: 12MP f1.8 + 12MP f2.8 (telephoto at 56mm), OIS, quad LED flash, phase detection, 4K video
- Selfie: 7MP f2.2, Full HD 1080p video, Retina flash
- Connectivity: 4G LTE Cat.9 up to 450Mbps, nano SIM card, Bluetooth 4.2, Apple Pay/NFC, WiFi ac, GPS
- Security: Fingerprint scanner
- Port: Lightning port, USB 2.0 speed
- Audio: Stereo speakers, standard bit rate or no upscaling
- Battery: 2900mAh, up to two hours more endurance over iPhone 6s Plus or 60h music
- Colors: Gold, Rose Gold or Pink, Silver, Black, Jet Black
- Availability: September 9 pre-order, September 16 release date in the USA, September 20 in the Philippines release date
- Price: Price starts at $769 for unlocked model (32GB model) before taxes or about P43,990 in the Philippines | P49,990 (128GB) | P54,990 (256GB model)