Here Are All the Official Specs for the New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

There were a lot of iPhone 7 rumors buzzing around, and as it turns out, a lot of them were true.

Apple held their September keynote today in San Francisco and, like most of you had already guessed, unveiled the next iteration of their smartphones, the highly anticipated iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. We shared a list of features that were leaked by a top Apple analyst this last weekend, and although it was all conjecture at that point, it appears that most of the features on that list were right on the money, including the big one, the dual wide-angle/telephoto camera.

Here are the features mentioned at the keynote:

iOS 10

  • Lift phone to wake
  • Siri updates
  • Home automation with HomeKit
  • Biggest iOS update ever

iPhone 7/7 Plus


  • New shiny "Jet Black" design
  • Force sensitive, solid state home button (think the MacBook Pro trackpad)
  • Home button features taptic engine API and is programmable
  • Water and dust resistant enclosure (meets IP67 protection standard)
  • Better battery life
  • 32GB/128GB/256GB
  • Looks similar to the iPhone 6


  • 3.5mm headphone jack removed
  • Lightning EarPods and a 3.5mm-to-Lightning headphone adaptor included in the box
  • Stereo speakers


  • Optical image stabilizer
  • Shoot RAW DNG files
  • Wider F1.8 aperture
  • 6-element lens for sharper images
  • All new high speed 12MP sensor (60% faster)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash: 50% more light, light flicker sensor reads flickering of artificial lights
  • Apple designed image signal processor: auto exposure, focus,color, noise reduction, and cinema standard color and white balance
  • 7MP front-facing camera (up from 5MP)
  • iPhone 7 Plus features the rumored dual camera system: built-in zoom feature, 2x optical zoom, 10x software zoom, depth map for shallow depth of field (forthcoming free software update allows users to select "portrait" camera option and select "depth effect")
  • Retina HD display: wide color gamut, end-to-end color management, 25% brighter, cinema standard


  • iPhone 7: starts at $649
  • iPhone 7 Plus: starts at $769

Here are some images captured with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus:

Clearly the newest versions of the iPhone doesn't really compete with good DSLRs and all of their advanced features and tools, but Apple adds a little bit more (not as much, again, as we would've liked) to their smartphone camera that may appeal to smartphone filmmakers. Features like the 6-element F1.8 lens, ISP, and the dual camera system in particular are all a step in the right direction in terms of versatility and professional-grade aesthetics.

But the feature I found most interesting is actually the iPhone 7 Plus' software upgrade which adds a special shooting mode that allows users to add depth-of-field in real time. Though it's not technically "real" DoF, the depth map Apple engineers are working on keeps subjects in focus while blurring the background artificially. 

The ability to capture sharp images with vibrant colors, even in low-light situations, is something that makes smartphone filmmaking more of a possibility with an iPhone. (And all in RAW DNG!)

Preorders start on Friday, September 9th.     

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September 7, 2016 at 2:53PM, Edited September 7, 2:53PM


I once was filming in the middle of the ocean and my c300 died (I was getting reckless with it). Not sure what to do because I was filming sharks. The underwater unit was pretty deep and the other boat was going to miss the epic shark shot. So I dished out my iphone and filmed it. When I looked at the dailies it looked phenomenal! After the colorist did a pass it just looked like I used a wide lens on a deep stop. I haven't tried much since. A friend of mine shot this movie, Tangerine, on an iphone 5. The look went well with the genre. It needed the gritty 70's feel. I want to see how this one holds up on a sound stage in a controlled environment. Everyone blames your work for looking good on the camera. Imagine instead of saying you shot on an Alexa or Red you could say it was shot on an iphone. That would be a lot of fun!

September 7, 2016 at 3:46PM


you friends with sean baker? worddd

September 9, 2016 at 7:16AM

Arturo Dickson

The airbuds are going to look like earrings.

Notice in apples promo videos they are careful not to show anyone wearing them from the front, only from the side showing just one.

September 7, 2016 at 7:43PM


...Or you can wear just one and pretend you are a crew member of Star Trek TOS :

September 7, 2016 at 8:24PM, Edited September 7, 8:28PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

They're going to be all over the gym floors

September 8, 2016 at 7:53PM


I always chose my phones for three things - Camera, size and battery life. Because of that I've been using Windows Phones for four years now, having the Lumia 950 with its phenomenal camera next to me right now. It is no DSLR, but I have it with me and it's just more portable. It shoots raw if needed, has a 20 megapixel sensor and has an amazing dynamic range for a phone.
But this, this looks genuinely interesting, and I have to admit that the 7+ looks like my perfect smartphone camera. If only it was a bit smaller...

September 8, 2016 at 12:47AM

Benjamin Skorov
Somehow all of it, Hobbyist, Essayist

I'm happy they removed the headphone jack. It was so inconvenient to have.

September 8, 2016 at 7:46AM, Edited September 8, 7:46AM


It takes courage to pull off such a thing. Someone had to do it.

September 8, 2016 at 8:13AM, Edited September 8, 8:12AM


Your being sarcastic too right?

September 8, 2016 at 6:00PM


You're pretending not to know how to spell "you're," right?

September 9, 2016 at 8:42PM

David Gurney

Your being a twat right.

Sometimes I respond to posts when I'm half asleep from ridiculously long work days. I really don't care if I misspell something. Only if I miss focus. Sounds wanky but its true.

September 11, 2016 at 2:22AM, Edited September 11, 2:25AM


Sorry. Ignore that.

September 11, 2016 at 7:08AM, Edited September 11, 7:08AM


I assume you're joking. Although I would imagine there are a few people out there who will not realize the sarcasm. Removing the headphone jack is, perhaps, the most obvious thing Apple has ever done to alienate consumers for the sake of making money. Because they can. Because the word "Apple" is synonymous with "proprietary for no good reason".
I'm just curious how far they can take this anti-consumer philosophy before their customers realize that there are already non-apple phones that are completely submersible in water (and these other phones ALSO have the headphone jack).
If anyone tries to tell you the removal of the headphone jack was for water or dirt resistance, they don't realize how far behind Apple technology really is.
But the very worst part is their marketing BS about a "DSLR-like" camera. What a horribly unfortunate misrepresentation designed to fool the misinformed.

September 8, 2016 at 10:02AM


But... innovation has to happen one way or another, and inevitably, that means [some] consumers will see this as an "anti-consumer" move, because they feel it's not meeting their own user needs. The same argument happened with floppy disks but who cares about that now?! The 3.5mm headphone port is old hat technology; it's analog and let's face it - no one likes wires, either. Why not innovate (proprietary implementation or otherwise) and solve design problems? Having a digital connection is a huge benefit moving forward. They include supported headphones in the box AND an adapter so traditionalists can keep using their older cans. And I don't understand the confusing comment "to alienate consumers for the sake of making money".... Surely, they NEED consumers to make money. If they lose a small number of consumers because they happened to disagree with technological progress, but continue to make huge profits and please their loyal/new customer base, who cares? The company wins, and the unhappy consumers still have the choice of shopping elsewhere, just like they always have. Whatever you think of Apple (and I certainly don't think they always get it right), the 3.5mm jack is on its way out universally.

September 8, 2016 at 10:25AM


Also, the idea of calling this progress, or comparing it to the removal of the floppy disk are not great analogies. The floppy disk was removed because there were better, more feature-rich options available.
I use bluetooth earbuds all the time. But I can't always because battery life is a very, very real problem. Mine are rated for 25 hours, and it's not enough. Apple rates their for, what, 5 hours? There is simply no benefit to removing the 3.5mm jack. Other than selling adapters. That's it. Let's look past the brand-love and realize this is an obvious, irrefutable statement.

September 9, 2016 at 9:55AM


"What a horribly unfortunate misrepresentation designed to fool the misinformed."

Or... They simply want to make the camera as useful as possible for those that don't have or want a DSLR.


September 8, 2016 at 12:32PM, Edited September 8, 12:32PM

Robin Horn
Amateur Photographer

Possibly. But I think it's more likely Apple wanted to use the term "DSLR" in their marketing because most consumers won't know exactly what that means other than it sounds "pro". Those folks will be tricked into buying something that the iPhone is not. To me, it seems very intentionally misleading.

September 9, 2016 at 9:49AM, Edited September 9, 9:50AM


The shallow depth of field simulation interests me but I have to wonder how accurate it is going to be in complex shooting situations. Apple is hit or miss with their software tricks. The samples they provided show a person with clean lines against a relatively clean backdrop. How well will this "portrait mode" work when shooting someone with frizzy hair standing in front of a tree? So far, a couple other phone manufacturers have also implemented artificial bokeh with mixed results. I am curious to see if Apple can make this work really well, but I am very skeptical, as they are selling the phone with a feature that isn't even available for consumers to try out yet.

September 8, 2016 at 1:26PM

Director, Cinematographer

My wife is iphone, I'm android. I've owned a Samsung Galaxy s4 for years... you can take out the battery and use a bigger battery in it.

Here's the pluses to Iphones:
1. nicer camera
2. simple to use

And androids - well the LG G5

1. removable batteries
2. removable micro sd memory. cheap
3. more customizable
4. more buttons
5. ability to close tabs with one click
6. easy to organize apps, with app subscreen
7. cheaper

Just for the reason of removable memory and battery, I have stayed android. The battery is the first thing to go. No need to throw out the whole phone because the battery is dying.

September 9, 2016 at 5:48PM

Ed David
Director of Photography

Apple: Calling consumers stupid by removing the audio output from its line of music players.

There's no excuse:

September 9, 2016 at 8:29PM

David Gurney