For nearly a decade, Apple has showed the world its new line of iPhones in September. It's something of a tradition in the tech industry -- and this year wasn't any different. The technology giant hosted a press conference on Wednesday, September 7 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in Downtown San Francisco and unveiled a few new products :
So now we know. There's no earphone jack in the new iPhone 7 devices. (RIP, earphone jack.) Aside from the lamenting, there are serious questions. No. 1 among them: Can I still charge my iPhone while I'm listening to music?
The short answer: If you're using wired headphones, no.
So you'll just have to make sure to charge up really well before you start that never-ending conference call or international flight.
The outside of the iPhone 7 looks a lot like its predecessor -- it even comes in the exact same sizes. But there are some changes under the hood.
It features an A10 Fusion chip, a four-core processor and two high-performance cores that are 40% faster than the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Two high-efficiency cores run at 1/5 the power to prolong battery life.
Battery is said to last on average two hours longer than the iPhone 6S.
Now that the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack is dead and gone, meet the technology that killed it: AirPods.
These white wireless earbuds interact with the iPhone and the Apple Watch. Wear them both to watch movies or listen to music, or just pop in a single one for a phone call (kinda like those Bluetooth earpieces people used to wear).
Each includes a mic, chip, sensors and batteries, which last five hours. They charge in their case, and you can charge the case itself through the lightning port.
It comes in a few finishes: high-gloss jet black, matte black, gold, silver and rose gold.
It has a new home button that is force-sensitive.
It is water and dust resistant.
It features an optical image stabilizer to reduce the blur from shaky hands.
There's a new six-element, f/1.8 aperture lens and a 12 megapixel high-speed sensor.
Apple has overhauled the flash, adding four LED lights and the ability to compensate for the flickering of artificial light.
The big change comes to those who shell out for the iPhone 7 Plus. It features two 12 megapixel cameras -- one with a wide-angle lens, another with a telephoto lens for better zooming. It also allows for bokeh, those artful blurry circles you'll see in photos with lots of depth of field. It achieves this using machine learning to apply a depth map to an image and blur the background.
Though critics have said the Apple Watch wasn't quite the game-changer that Apple might have hoped for, it was No. 2 in worldwide watch sales in 2015, behind only Rolex. It was also the top-selling smart watch.
Here's what's new for watch owners:
Pokémon Go is coming to the watch.
A new operating system, WatchOS3, lets users hold a button on the side to call 911.
And here's what's new for the upcoming Apple Watch Series 2.
It's “swim-proof," rated water resistant to 50 meters. The speaker, previously a place where water could enter and damage the watch, was redesigned to use the speaker itself to eject water.
It boasts a dual-core processor said to be up to 50% faster than its predecessor.
The graphics processing unit will be twice as powerful, running 60 frames per second.
The display will be twice as bright -- the brightest display Apple has ever shipped.
Apple will ship a ceramic model.
Built-in GPS for runners, walkers and cyclists who would prefer to log their workouts without bringing along a phone.
There's also a collaboration with Nike+ intended to court runners with a sports-specific watch model and an app.