New iPhone 7 Improves Audio

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Apple’s newest phone, the iPhone 7 now has stereo speakers for louder and better sound, and it comes with optional new wireless earbuds.

There’s a speaker at the bottom of the phone and one at top. It delivers twice the volume of speakers on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. “And they sound better because they have increased dynamic range,” said Apple’s Phil Schiller.

The new iPhone 7 comes with new wireless earbuds called Apple AirPods.  They include IR sensors that detect when the pods are in your ears.  They automatically reduce external noise and deliver 5 hours of music on a single charge.  The AirPods come in a charging case and automatically instantly pair with the iPhone or Watch.

Apple chief designer Jonny Ive said the AirPods deliver “incredible sound.”

As expected, Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone, which comes with its own Lighting to headphone jack adapter.

The iPhone 7 is also water resistant and it gets a new camera that can automatically take multiple pictures and fuse them into one for the best possible photo, within 25 milliseconds.

The larger iPhone 7 Plus gets two 12mp cameras, one with a telephoto lens with true zoom so you can move from wide angle to 10X zoom

And for iPhone 7 Plus there’s a new portrait mode using “machine learning” to differentiate and manipulate the photo subject, making it more distinct from the background.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus also now have a new quad core processor and a 6 core graphic processor in a new A10 fusion chip. Schiller said it allows “console-level gaming.” But the phones have the longest battery life, up to two more hours a day.

The iPhone 7 is available in a new jet black high gloss finish as well as a no gloss black finish.  It’s also available in gold and silver and rose gold.

Other features include a new optical image stabilizer in the camera and a more responsive and reliable home button with force touch and haptic feedback for more uses.

The iPhone 7 starts at $649 for the 32GB model.  Orders start Sept 9 and shipping begins Sept 16.  The new AirPods ship in October at $159.

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  1. Wireless airpods are not included. They are optional. Wired airpods with a lightning connector are included.

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