Few things get tech fans as excited as a new release from Apple. Kept a closely guarded secret, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are no exceptions. While we wait for the South Africa launch date to be announced, let’s take a look at the most exciting new features.
The headline change
The change that has everyone talking is Apple’s abandonment of the old-fashioned, ubiquitous headphone jack. It was necessary to give the phone a sleek, trim new profile, and to open up the possibilities of headphone tech. If you're nostalgic for the old jack, you'll be interested to know that it was an analogue connector that was invented for the first telephone switchboards at the end of the 19th century. It's probably time for a new, digital connection.
Happily for those attached to their old-school headphones, the new iPhone comes with an adapter so you can still use them. And for an even snazzier alternative, the new Air Pods are generating a lot of buzz – wireless headphones you can buy separately.
Making a splash
The other big change is that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are both splash and water resistant. No more sinking feeling if you accidentally drop your iPhone in your drink, which must be a good thing. Being waterproof has long been a selling point of several popular Android devices, so Apple’s really giving the competition a run for its money here.
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