Why the new Apple iPhone 7 is perfect for taking on holiday
The iPhone 7 has been attracting much attention over the past few days. It’s divided opinions on its controversial ditching of the headphone jack and it’s attracted praise for its new new high gloss ‘jet black’ colour – but there’s no denying many people are itching to get their hands on the new phone, which is available for pre-order tomorrow. However, the unveiled handset won’t just prove useful for day-to-day life, holidaymakers will also reap the rewards of owning such a sophisticated phone.
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The new iPhone 7 has several features that make it ideal for taking away on holiday
Martin Smith, founder of Campsites.co.uk and the new camping app Campmate, has revealed three top ways that the new design will benefit tourists
Four LED flashes are now included which allows 50 per cent more light onto the lens, boosting photos taken in low-light conditions
Martin Smith, founder of Campsites.co.uk and the new camping app Campmate, has revealed three top ways that the new design will benefit tourists as well as more inventive ways the trend-setting smartphone could appeal to travellers. Firstly our Discount Holidays © holiday snaps are set to be even better, making Instagram posts bragging about exotic beaches more jealousy-inducing. Four LED flashes are now included, which allows 50 per cent more light onto the lens, boosting photos taken in low-light conditions.
Moreover the plus version of the iPhone 7 has a dual lens one for wide angles and the other offering a better quality zoom thanks to a telephoto lens.
APPLE ADDS TWO CAMERAS TO IPHONE 7 PLUS
The iPhone 7 plus now has a wide angle and a telephoto lens
The new iPhone 7 Plus features two rear-facing 12-megapixel cameras. One has a wide-angle lens and is the same as the rear camera found on the new iPhone, with a ‘/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens for brigher, more detailed photos and videos with more vibrant colours. The second camera sports a telephoto lens.
The dual-lens setup enables a new 2x optical zoom feature that can be fired up using a new button that appears on the screen above the shutter button. Tapping this button will jump up from the normal 1x view up to 2x. The handset is also capable of going up to 10x, using a digital zoom.
A new feature, which will come as a free software update later this year, enables iPhone 7 Plus users to take snaps with a blurred background, while keeping the subject of the photo in focus.
The smaller iPhone 7 camera has been boosted with a new sensor to steady shaking hands, and a new wider lens alongside a new flash. However, the larger iPhone 7 plus now has two lenses – a wide angle and a telephoto lens. Advanced software uses machine learning to create a depth map in order to create the background blur – a photographic effect known as ‘shallow depth of field’. The handsets also feature a new 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with wide colour capture, advanced pixel technology and auto image stabilisation for better selfies
Another benefit is the new phone’s increased battery life – vital for travellers who are away from a power source for an extended period of time
Extra storage space means no longer being faced with the dreaded ‘cannot take photo’ pop-up with the top-end model boasting a whopping 265GB.
A second benefit is the new phone’s increased battery life – vital for travellers who are away from a power source for an extended period of time. The iPhone 7 will last for up to 14 hours two hours longer than the previous version. Thirdly the handset’s improved durability is just the ticket for those out exploring.
There s an extra tough screen, and improved water and dust resistance, for instance. Additionally the home button has been replaced by a pressure sensor that is flush to the device – so no more worries about sand getting into the gaps.
IPHONE 7 AT A GLANCE
New gloss black and black colours
Faster A10 processor
iPhone 7 plus now has a wide angle and a telephoto lens
New Retina HD display is 25% brighter
Now water and dustproof
Home button has force feedback
Stereo speakers at top and bottom with double the volume of previous version
New wireless AirPod headphones available as an extra
No headphone socket – but adapter and lightning EarPods will be in every box
Boosted battery life Apple claims could add 2 hours
While Smith is clearly impressed with the iPhone 7, he still has some further suggestions for Apple that are slightly outside of the box. He would be interested to see a phone charged by solar power – which is certainly an improvement on the invention of a urine-powered battery by scientists in Bristol. Another option would be to include an iris scanner instead of fingerprint scanner, which currently poses problems when hands are wet, sweaty or grubby.
Smith’s eye-popping idea would maintain the same high levels of protection as well as eliminate the problem of undetectable prints. A more extreme suggestion would be to integrate a section of fire steel into the phone’s casing. This would both look good, he believes, and enable anyone looking to start a fire in the wild to grab a stone and strike the phone for sparks to start their blaze.
A more extreme modification Smith would like to see Apple consider would be to integrate a section of fire steel into the phone’s casing enabling anyone looking to start a fire in the wild to grab a stone and strike the phone for sparks to start their blaze
IPHONE 7 PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Both handsets will be available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models, while the new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256G versions
The iPhone 7 start at $649 ( 599), the same price as the iPhone 6S when it launched, while the iPhone 7 Plus will start at $769 ( 719). Both handsets will be available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models, while the new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256G versions. Pre-orders will begin on 9 September, with a launch date of 16 September for 30countries, including the US and UK.
An additional 30 countries will see the phones launched a week later. The AirPods will be available from late October with a price tag of $159 ( 159). The Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Nike+ are also available for pre-order from 9 September starting at $369 ( 369).
The Apple Watch Series 2 will be available from 16 September, while the Nike+ version will go on sale in late October.