The iPhone 7 has just been unveiled in San Francisco, at Apple’s annual September keynote, this year at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. While the rumours were correct that the design has again escaped a radical overhaul, looking very similar to the iPhone 6S (and 6) despite the antennas being shifted to be more seamless, there is a lot new under the bonnet.
Not in shops till September 16, the fact the iPhone 7 is waterproof now is a huge selling point, bringing it in line with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7, but much like the extended battery life, it’s not something we can test till it’s out in the wild without throwing a bottle of water on it and getting forcibly removed.
Instead, we dashed around and grabbed the phone briefly to get a feel for what you’ll really notice from the off.
First up, the good stuff: the new Home button is magnificent and the early runner in “best new update” among the collected masses. Taking the Force Touch tech from the MacBook’s trackpad, its sensitivity is programmable so you can make it firm or loose depending on your taste.
We had grown a little tired of the iPhone 6’s loose control and this is a real upgrade. It also gives out haptic feedback, too, to confirm choices but also to act as rumble on games. It’s the 3D Touch you will actually use.