iPhone 7: Everything you need to know

ByKim Staples
iPhone 7

It’s here! At its big ol’ event on 7 September, Apple announced the launch of two new mobile telephone devices named iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Read on and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about them, including price, features, and how to buy 'em.

When does the iPhone 7 launch?

Both phones launched on 16 September 2016.

How much does the iPhone 7 cost?

To buy outright, the iPhone 7 costs:

  • 32GB - £599
  • 128GB - £699
  • 256GB - £799

And the iPhone 7 Plus costs:

  • 32GB - £719
  • 128GB - £819
  • 256GB - £919

(This is correct at the time of writing - be prepared for the price to change.)

That's a lot of moolah to shell out in one go though, so we recommend looking into contract plans. Quite a few networks offer contracts on the iPhone 7, including EE and O2, so you've got plenty of choice.

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Or, take a look at our roundup of the best iPhone 7 deals this month.

What does it look like?

It looks great. Actually, it looks a lot like the iPhone 6 and 6S, only now there are two new colours joining the fray: Black and Jet Black. Jet Black is super shiny and glossy and entirely black all over - it doesn't even sport those white lines around the edges where the aerial usually goes.

If you're not goth enough to sport a black iPhone, worry not, as it's also available in Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold.

iPhone 7 colours

And - get this - an improved design means that the iPhone is now water-resistant! That's right, you can use your iPhone 7 in the shower, take romantic selfies in the rain, and drop it in the toilet without having to pray to the Rice Gods for the following two days.  

Has Apple really dropped the headphone jack?

Yes, we're afraid so. Neither the iPhone 7 nor the iPhone 7 Plus have 3.5mm headphone jacks.


I know, I know. Don't worry though, you can still use your headphones!

Both phones ship with a set of EarPods that plug into the Lightning port. And they come with a Lightning-to-headphone adapter too, which lets you connect your usual 3.5mm headphones.

That means you can't use wired headphones when your phone is charging or plugged into a computer, but you can still listen to music when you're out and about.

Plus - it's got Bluetooth. All wireless Bluetooth headphones should work with the iPhone 7, including the new Apple AirPods.

What are the tech specs?

Here's all the nerdy technical info on the two phones.

  iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
Size (mm) 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3
Weight 138g 188g
Colours Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
Display 4.7", 1335 x 750 resolution 5.5", 1920 x 1080 resolution
Chip A10 A10
Memory 32/128/256GB, 2GB RAM 32/128/256GB, 2GB RAM
Rear camera 12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture, OIS, quad-LED flash 12MP, ƒ/1.8 and ƒ/2.8 aperture, optical zoom up to 10x, OIS, quad-LED flash
Front camera 7MP, 1080p video recording, ƒ/2.2 aperture, OIS 7MP, 1080p video recording, ƒ/2.2 aperture, OIS
Operating system iOS 10 iOS 10
Touch ID? Yes Yes
Apple Pay? Yep Yep
4G? Of course Duh
Water-resistant? Yes! It really is!
Headphone jack? Uh... no Nope.
Battery Up to 10 days standby Up to 16 days standby

What other features does it have?

It may not be a huge jump up from the iPhone 6S, but the 7 has a few marked improvements.


The iPhone 7 has a 12MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation - but the 7 Plus has two, one of which has a wide-angle lens.

And get ready to take bigger selfies: both phones have a 7MP camera on the front.


Apple says the new iPhone has the 'longest ever' battery life in the phone's history - you'll get two hours use more per charge than you did with the 6S.

iOS 10

The latest mobile operating system launched on 13 September and comes as standard with the iPhone 7. With iOS 10, you get:

  • A more fluid, smooth interface on everything
  • 'Raise to wake' - just pick up your phone and the screen wakes up
  • Rich notifications which give you more information
  • A better Siri than ever - she can now interact with third-party apps
  • More features on standard apps, like stickers and backgrounds on Messenger
  • More uses for 3D Touch

What's in the box?

When you pry open the packaging of your new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you'll get:

  • The phone itself
  • USB power adapter and lightning-to-USB cable
  • EarPods with a Lightning connector
  • Lightning-to-headphone jack adapter
  • Documentation


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