We’re salivating over the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but not so much over the new Apple Watch Series 2.
At its two-hour long Apple event on Wednesday, the company tried its best to go through as many core new features of the new iPhones and Apple Watch as time permitted. But there are still lots of questions, some of which you’re probably asking.
1. Jet Black only available in two storage models
The high-gloss Jet Black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are sure to be the most-coveted of the color options, but it’ll only be available if you get the 128GB or 256GB storage models. Sorry 32GB users!
This means you’ll need to pay $749 (128GB) or $849 (256GB) for the Jet Black iPhone 7, or $869 or $969 for the Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus.
2. Jet Black finish scratches easily
The other thing about the Jet Black finish is that it’s more prone to “fine micro-abrasions,” according to Apple’s fine print.
What will those look like? We can’t be sure until we get one and use it for a few days, but it could mean hairline scratches. Remember, the Jet Black gloss is just a finish and not strengthened Gorilla Glass that would be less prone to scratching.
3. No in-between optical zoom on iPhone 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 Plus has dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back, one wide-angle and one telephoto. The latter lets you zoom 2x as close optically without losing any image quality as compared to digital zoom, which uses software to enhance an image.
It sounds great, but there is one caveat: You only get 1x and 2x and no zoom range in between. In other words, no 1.5x.
So: 1x (wide-angle), 2x (telephoto) and then up to 10x through digital zoom (shudder).
4. They’re lighter
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have the exact same dimensions as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (not counting the camera “hump,” of course).
And yet Apple somehow made them lighter. The iPhone 7 weighs 4.87 ounces versus the iPhone 6S’s 5.01 ounces and the iPhone 7 Plus weighs 6.63 ounces compared to the iPhone 6S Plus’s 6.77 ounces.
5. More battery life, but less battery life, too?
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