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Which iPhone 7 Features Changed The Most? There Are Some Major Differences


As it has been one day each September for the past few years, all the internet buzz Thursday was rightfully about the #AppleEvent in San Francisco, during which the company announced an exciting slew of new gadgetry, including the highly anticipated newest version of its iconic iPhone. Tech buffs and Apple enthusiasts are psyched to check out the iPhone 7 when it becomes available Sept. 16, and the most dedicated will spend at least $649 to be among the first to discover its secrets firsthand and determine for themselves which iPhone 7 features truly changed the most.

The newest iPhone largely mirrors older models in aesthetic and function, but the major new additions — and, in the controversial case of the disappearing headphone jack, deletion — are generating major hype. Apple has nixed the iPhone with 16GB storage, and will now offer the option of the 32GB base model, as well as 128GB and 256GB, which is more than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S ever handled, according to The Verge. Also, the iPhone 7 will emerge in two brand-new color options: a high gloss jet black finish and a matte black, CNN reported, in addition to the existing gold, silver, and rose gold.

Those changes are notable, but they're not the main topics of conversation surrounding the unveiling. Theses are the features that really deviate from the bygone generation of iPhone, and the ones that are going to have people shelling out the big bucks:

No More Headphone Jack:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Apple Vice President of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing Greg Joswiak, announces new Apple earphones called EarPods during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Apple announced the iPhone 5, the latest version of the popular smart phone as well as new updated versions of the iPod Nano, Shuffle and Touch. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

It was a move that, Apple Marketing Executive Phil Schiller said, required "courage:" The ever-present headphone jack will be conspicuously absent on the the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Those hip to the times will replace their now-sadly-antiquated, but much-loved, wired ones with some wireless earbuds — like the AirPods Apple will begin selling in late October for a whopping $159. Old-school holdouts (who maybe should just hang onto their Motorola RAZRs, tbh), can use the adapter included with the purchase of the new phone to keep using the wired version.

Huzzah, It's Water-Resistant

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks on the new Apple iPhone 7 during a launch event on September 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the iPhone 7. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple Watch wearable device. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)Stephen Lam/Getty Images News/Getty Images

The fact that the iPhone 7 will be water-resistant (but not water-proof) is perhaps the biggest day-to-day game-changer that Apple announced Wednesday. So, while it will probably still be smart to keep a box of dry rice on-hand in case the new phone ends up completely submerged, the improved defense against errant splashes will offer significant peace of mind.

Total Home Button Redesign

Well, it actually won't be a true button anymore at all, The Verge reported. The new and improved home "button" will be a force-sensitive static version, and it will use Apple's Taptic Engine to deliver a unique vibration for each type of alert it delivers.

Improved Camera Capability, Because Selfies (And Other Types of Pics)

A closeup view of the iPhone 7 Plus' dual cameras during an Apple media event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California on September 7, 2016. Apple on Wednesday unveiled two upgraded versions of its iPhone and a new waterproof smartwatch, seeking to reignite growth for the iconic technology maker. The iPhone 7 and larger iPhone 7 Plus, with new camera technology, 50-meter water resistance and other features, were the highlight of an Apple media event in San Francisco. / AFP / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Older versions of the iPhone sported just one camera. The iPhone 7 Plus has two, because this is the age of selfies and foodie Instagram. According to CNN, the two 12-megapixel cameras will be side-by-side. But one will be wide angle and the other will be telephoto, meaning that users who opt for the larger model can enjoy twice the optical zoom and ten times the digital zoom.

Apple always strives to encourage as much mystery, speculation, excitement, and longing for the next best thing around its product announcement. And this time, it has really delivered, presenting its dedicated customers with a new phone with features that really showcases Apple's spirit of innovation.