As the dust has settled on another Apple Keynote, we have been introduced to the “best”, iPhone the company has ever created, a new generation of Apple Watch and a bold step in headphone technology, so join us now as we break down the Apple Keynote and weigh in on how we feel about it all.
Firstly the major talking point is obviously the new iPhone 7. Boasting a new range of colours including Jet black, which features a high gloss finish and a matte black version, you can continue to get the previous colours of Rose Gold, Gold and Silver. The bodies of the iPhone have been re-engineered to be IP67 dust and water resistant, meaning it will hold its own against splashes and brief submersion in water. Apple has said the new phones are able to withstand being submerged in 1 Meter of water for up to 30 minutes (VOiD urges you not to test this, just to be on the safe side). With the IP67 rating, this means it’s entirely dustproof.
The traditional home button has been replaced by a static version that’s force sensitive, this means it’s been designed to deliver feedback mimicking those of the traditional mechanical button presses using small vibrations. The new phone boasts a 40% faster processor than that of the iPhone 6S and improved battery life of up to two hours on average, which is great because this has constantly been a complaint regarding iPhones from users with heavy daily use.
“The new phone boasts a 40% faster processor than that of the iPhone 6S and improved battery life of up to two hours on average.”
Perhaps the biggest and most controversial rumour in the run up to the keynote was the lack of headphone jack. Alas, this proved to be true with Apple removing it entirely. This now means that headphones connected to it will be connected via Bluetooth or with a lightning adapter, which comes packed in the box. Airpods have been developed to ease the transition to this and take a similar design to the traditional Apple Earbuds without the wires. Coming in at £169, however, they prove a rather costly addition. The Airpods have been developed for intelligent, highly efficient playback, on a constant and reliable connection. An infrared sensor is inbuilt to respond to touch gestures, such as double tapping to activate Siri and with an impressive 5 hours battery life (impressive for a device so small and currently industry leading) you also receive a charging case that can hold an additional 24 hours of charge and give the Airpods an additional three hours of use from around 20 minutes of charge on the go. The Airpods mark the first step in Apples “Wireless Future”, which Apple themselves are calling a “Magical Experience”.
Storage sizes for the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7+ have been bumped up with the minimum now being 32GB, gone are the days when you will be struggling for space. There are also 128GB and 256GB models available for both phones. Along with the iPhone announcement, Apple also released two Apple Watch variants.
To explain the difference this might get a little confusing so bare with us. Apple Watch Series 1 is the same Apple Watch as the previous generation however it now comes with a range of different straps styles, and an improved battery and dual core processor. Apple Watch Series 2 however is the model with features. It now boasts a built-in GPS along with being water resistant up to 50 Meters. A new lightning-fast dual-core processor, and a display that’s two times as bright as before. So these changes effectively make the now fazed out original Apple Watch, Apple Watch series 0.
Apple Watch Series 1 is the same Apple Watch as the previous generation however it now comes with a range of different straps styles, and an improved battery and dual core processor.
The drive for the Watch, this time, seems to be aimed towards the fitness enthusiasts with a Nike special edition being announced, along with a plethora of new apps including Heart rate sensor, Workout apps, Coaching, achievements and much more. The new Apple watch is lighter, thinner and has a battery life 36% better than its predecessor. The most important update Apple are releasing for the Apple Watch is certainly watchOS 3, this upgrade makes a World of difference in terms of speed and ease of use.
So there you have it, two new iPhones, two new Apple Watches and a new foray into wireless headphones. We’ll see how these new devices hold up to their predecessors in the coming months (when people finally receive their handsets that is). Keep an eye out for more news coming up from VOiD in the coming months.