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Mr. Magoo

I wouldn't say no to that dual camera setup.  And 4k video?  4k used to be the standard for digital cinema.


What do you think about Apple products? Are they worth the premium?

Also what about repairs - are they worth it?

Apple unveils iPhone 7 and new Watch

The iPhone 7 has arrived.

Apple announced its next-generation smartphones and a slew of other products at its annual press event on Wednesday. The event kicked off with Apple CEO Tim Cook doing a little Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon and Pharrell. Apple recently bought a Carpool Karaoke TV series exclusively for Apple Music that will debut next year.

iPhone 7 focuses on photography: Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are water resistant, come in new shades of black, and have improved cameras.

The iPhone is Apple's bread and butter. The company has sold over 1 billion of the devices since it launched in 2007, according to Cook. The latest version isn't a huge departure from the iPhone 6S, but it has a few key upgrades.

It's water and dust resistant, which is different from waterproof but still an improvement over "easily killed by water."

The larger iPhone has two side-by-side12-megapixel cameras. One is wide angle and one is telephoto. It gives users 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. The smaller iPhone 7 still has one, lonely camera on the back. The cameras on both phones have been updated with optical image stabilizer, a new lens and a 12 megapixel sensor that's faster. The flash has four LEDs and can detect the flickers of artificial lighting to better compensate.

Related: Apple kicks off iPhone event with Carpool Karaoke

The Home button is force sensitive. Instead of knowing you pressed the button because it clicked, it will vibrate. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the revolutionary new button is "creating new feelings and experiences that could not have been created before."

The iPhone 7 now comes in two new colors: a high gloss jet black finish and a matte black. It's also still available in gold, silver and rose gold (yes, pink). The phones will ship with iOS 10. Existing iPhones can upgrade to the new mobile OS on September 13.

The new iPhones will be available September 16 and start at $649. And, finally, the 16GB entry level version has been nixed. The new phones will come with 32GB, 128GB and 256GB of storage.

Goodbye, headphone jack: Rest in peace, iPhone headphone jack. As expected, Apple has removed the port from the iPhone 7. Wired headphones, like Apple's own EarPods, will now connect over the Lightning port instead. Apple spun the controversial decision a few ways. First, we don't lose a port, we gain improved stereo speakers! Schiller said the decision took courage -- "the courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us."

To help ease the transition, Apple made an adapter that it will include with all iPhone 7 and 7 Pluses.

Apple is also introducing AirPods, wireless headphones that you will probably lose in the first month. The little wireless buds come with a white case for charging, and get up to five hours of listening time per charge. Built-in accelerometers and infrared sensors detect when they're in your ears. The headphones include microphones and one-tap Siri access.

The wireless headphones will cost $159 when they come out in late October.

A new, waterproof Apple Watch: It might look the same on the outside, but Apple introduced a waterproof Apple Watch that is 50% faster and has a brighter display. It also has built in GPS. This is the first hardware update since the watch was launched last year. The new version is clumsily named Apple Watch Series 2.


A financial analyst said today that Apple would have a good third and fourth quarter this year

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Getting rid of the headphone jack is a major downside as far as I'm conerned. It's been well documented that ear buds are much more likely than headpnones to cause hearing damage, and the iphone 7 only works with Appke's ear buds (at least until other companies come out with headphones than can connect to phones via wi-fi).


Headphones are also much better for shutting out ambient noise, important for anyone but especially for users with hearing loss.

I only have a MacBookPro - no smart phone. If I do get one, it will be a cheaper one, as I can't really work (write, edit, translate) on a tiny phone screen.

I'll probably continue to buy Apple computers as I find them more congenial to work on - I am NOT a techie - but I've been able to get them second-hand.

Mr. Magoo

the iphone 7 only works with Appke's ear buds

The new phones ships with a lightning-to-3.5mm adapter.

(at least until other companies come out with headphones than can connect to phones via wi-fi).

Do you mean bluetooth headphones??  The kind that have been around for years now?


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Mr. Magoo wrote:

I wouldn't say no to that dual camera setup.  And 4k video?  4k used to be the standard for digital cinema.

Hell, I haven't needed 4K to be broadcast quality at this point. Coming soon, though, we'll be shooting everything 4K and up soon.


A closer look at the capabilities and risks of iPhone X face mapping