iPhone 7: Everything you need to know

Want a deal on one of Apple's 2016 flagship phones? Read on and we’ll tell you everything you need to know, including price, features, and how to buy 'em.

How much does the iPhone 7 cost?

To buy outright, the iPhone 7 costs:

  • 32GB - £549
  • 128GB - £649

And the iPhone 7 Plus costs:

  • 32GB - £669
  • 128GB - £769

(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.

You can also take a look at our roundup of the best iPhone deals this month or read up on iPhone deals with no upfront cost - or even grab an iPhone with unlimited data. And with specs like these, unlimited data can be pretty useful.

What does it look like?

It looks great. Actually, it looks a lot like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and new iPhone 8, only there are two unique 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

And - get this - an improved design means that the iPhone 7 is water-resistant! That's right, you can use your phone 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 Apple AirPods.

What are the tech specs?

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

iPhone 7iPhone 7 Plus
Size (mm)138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3
Weight138g188g
ColoursJet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose GoldJet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
Display4.7", 1334 x 750 resolution5.5", 1920 x 1080 resolution
ChipA10A10
Memory32/128GB, 2GB RAM32/128GB, 2GB RAM
Rear camera12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture, OIS, quad-LED flash12MP, ƒ/1.8 and ƒ/2.8 aperture, optical zoom up to 10x, OIS, quad-LED flash
Front camera7MP, 1080p video recording, ƒ/2.2 aperture, OIS7MP, 1080p video recording, ƒ/2.2 aperture, OIS
Operating systemiOS 10 (upgradeable)iOS 10 (upgradeable)
Touch ID?YesYes
Apple Pay?YesYes
4G?YesYes
Water-resistant?YesYes
Headphone jack?NoNo
BatteryUp to 10 days standbyUp 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.

Camera

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.

Battery

At its release, Apple said the iPhone 7 had 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

This version of the mobile operating system launched in September 2016 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 interact with third-party apps
  • More features on standard apps, like stickers and backgrounds on Messenger
  • More uses for 3D Touch

Of course, iOS has had a few updates since then - and you can download them to your iPhone 7 so you get the latest software.

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

Can't decide between the iPhone 7 and previous iPhone 6S? See our comparison here: iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s

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