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Apple Launches New iPhone 7 With No Headphone Jack… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 08-09-2016

In case you’ve been living under a rock, we have a brief rundown of the latest Apple event during which Apple showcased the iPhone 7, the Apple Watch 2, and Super Mario Run for iOS.


The iPhone 7 Is Actually Different

Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 7 after months of intense speculation as to what the company had up its sleeve. Some of the rumors proved to be correct, while others were way off the mark. But the iPhone 7 is a definite step into the future, with an innovative new dual camera system, a redesigned Home button, and a “courageous” decision to kill the headphone jack Apple Ditches the Headphone Jack, Mark Zuckerberg Tapes Over Webcam... [Tech News Digest] Apple plans to kill the headphone jack, Mark Zuckerberg covers his webcam with tape, Twitter lets verified users Engage, Apple will fund your next eBook spending spree, and Jerry Seinfeld's apartment is Doomed. Read More .

The iPhone 7 (4.7-inch) and 7 Plus (5.5-inch) are smooth, slick handsets, with the antenna bands virtually invisible. Both are water- and dust-resistant, and the Home button now relies on haptic feedback to ensure you know you’ve pressed it.

The already excellent iPhone camera has been improved in a number of ways. Both handsets now have optical image stabilization, and a larger aperture lens to improve performance in low light conditions. You can also now capture images in RAW DNG. The iPhone 7 Plus gets two 12-megapixel cameras which work in unison to create what Apple calls optical zoom.

Under the hood is a 64-bit quad-core processor, the new A10 Fusion chip, and between 32GB and 256GB of storage space (with the 16GB option having been removed from the equation). Then there’s iOS 10 What's New in iOS 10? Everything Coming to Your iPhone This Fall Here's what features you can expect to see added to your iPhone when iOS 10 finally lands. Read More , which will be available from September 13th.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available to pre-order from tomorrow (September 9th), with shipping available from September 16th. The iPhone 7 starts at $649, while the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769.


Headphone Jacks Are for Cowards

Now, you may have noticed I skipped past one crucial change Apple has made with the iPhone 7, and that’s because the removal of the headphone jack deserves a section all to itself. Apple might think it’s done the right thing here, but plenty of its customers are incensed that they’ll need an adapter to keep using their old wired headphones with the new iPhone 7.

Apple’s SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller announced the change by saying, “It really comes down to one word: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters us.” His choice of words were understandably ridiculed, as there’s nothing courageous about removing a port most people use in order to foster sales of your own products.

Apple will be more than willing to sell you a pair of AirPods for $159, even though they’ll make you look ridiculous and go missing within days. The company also has a brand new range of Beats by Dre to sell you, which is purely coincidental. But don’t worry if you elect to hold onto your own headphones, as it’s not like that adapter is unsightly or anything. Oh wait, it is.

The Apple Watch 2 Gets New Features

As well as the iPhone 7, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2, which everyone will call the Apple Watch 2, because why not. The Apple Watch 2 looks exactly the same as the original Apple Watch Apple Watch Review & Giveaway The new Apple thing is finally out, but everyone was talking about the Apple Watch long before it was officially announced. Starting at $349 - we take a look, and have TWO to give away! Read More . But there have been changes underneath the hood which makes this the best Apple Watch to date.


The basic premise is the same… this is a notifications machine for your wrist. The face is still square but customizable, the battery should still last for 24 hours, and the digital crown still does all the heavy lifting. However, the Apple Watch 2 is water-resistant, meaning you can keep it on while swimming, and the built-in GPS should help make fitness apps more interesting The 12 Best Free Fitness Apps for iPhone to Get Healthier Looking to exercise and get healthy? Here are the best free fitness apps for iPhone for working out, tracking diet, and more. Read More .

The Apple Watch 2 boasts a dual-core processor 50% faster than the original, and a GPU doubling the graphics performance. The display is also 50% brighter, and Apple is introducing a host of new bands. The watch itself now comes in aluminium, stainless steel, and white ceramic. Sadly, the $10,000 gold Apple Watch Thinking About Getting a Gold Apple Watch? 21 Other Things You Could Buy In case you haven't heard, the gold Apple Watch is expensive. Like crazy expensive. We're talking about a watch that starts at $10,000. Read More is no more.

So, what are Apple’s big plans for the Apple Watch now that it’s faster, brighter, and more powerful? It all boils down to Pokemon GO, with Niantic announcing an Apple Watch version of the popular mobile game. If that’s enough to tempt you in, the Apple Watch Series 2 is available to preorder from tomorrow (September 9th) starting at $369.

Super Mario Comes to the iPhone

Super Mario The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] An Italian plumber created by a Japanese artist somehow became one of the most recognizable characters on earth. Featured in over 100 games, it's hard to imagine Nintendo or even video games without this mustachioed... Read More has landed on iOS, with Nintendo releasing its first ever mobile game starring the ever-popular plumber. Nintendo has confirmed Super Mario Run will also be coming to Android in the future, but for the time being it’s only available to iPhone and iPad users.


Apple didn’t miss the opportunity to brag about Super Mario Run being a timed iOS exclusive, with Shigeru Miyamoto appearing on stage to unveil the game. Super Mario Run is free to download, with a one-time in-app purchase What Are In-App Purchases & How Can I Disable Them? [MakeUseOf Explains] "I can’t believe it!" my cousin said to me the other day, "someone’s just bought a $10 in-app purchase on my mother’s phone, and she doesn’t even know what I’m talking about!". Sounds familiar? How... Read More unlocking the full game.

Super Mario Run is an endless runner which Nintendo claims you can control with just one hand. Mario will run from left to right, with the player tapping the screen to make him jump. The aim, as always, being to collect coins and reach the end of the level.

The Real iPhone 7 Announcement…

And finally, now that you’ve seen everything Apple offered up to its fans, you should be able to appreciate a good parody. And, given the fact this was written, recorded, and uploaded to YouTube within hours of the iPhone 7 event taking place, it’s really quite magnificent.

Created by Jack Douglass, a YouTuber who has skewered Apple in the past, this takes a more cynical look at the iPhone 7. Douglass seems particularly annoyed at the loss of the headphone jack, and the ridiculous new AirPods that surely no one is actually going to buy. [H/T Reddit]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

What are your initial thoughts about the iPhone 7? Are you annoyed at the removal of the headphone jack? Does the Apple Watch 2 make smartwatches more likely to succeed? Are you pleased or upset to see Nintendo bringing Mario to mobile? What one word other than “courageous” would you use to describe Apple?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome. Tech News Digest is a daily column paring the technology news of the day down into bite-sized chunks that are easy to read and perfect for sharing.

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  1. Chinmay
    September 10, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Wow! This is an article related to iPhone 7 and no comments. I guess this happened because you moved to a new design and made comments section even worse. A single page should be reserved for a single post and not all the posts in an infinite scroll. I remember those days on MakeUseOf when there used to be innumerable heated arguments between Android and Apple fanboys on Android vs iOS. Good old days!

    • A41202813GMAIL
      September 19, 2016 at 5:49 am

      Yeah, Too Many Changes At The Same Time Really Screwed MUO:

      A - I Hate Never Ending Pages With A Vengeance,

      B - A Few Months Ago, There Were Continuous Newsletters With The Most Recent Articles - Where Are Those Newsletters Now ?

      C - The Main Page Of MUO Used To Show A List With All The Latest Articles, In A LastIn FirstOut Order, So People Could Browse All The Recent Articles Until Old Already Read Articles Were Reached - Where Is That List Now ?


    • Dave Parrack
      September 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Is a heated debate about the merits of iOS and Android a good thing? It's certainly not original. We still like getting comments on our articles but it certainly isn't the measure of success it was once considered to be.

      I'm not sure how the comments section has got any worse, but the infinite scroll where one article leads into another related article is intended to help deliver content to readers, so why is it a negative change?