Short Thoughts: iPhone 7 Event.

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Apple: San Francisco — Apple today introduced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the best, most advanced iPhone ever, packed with unique innovations that improve all the ways iPhone is used every day. The new iPhone features new advanced camera systems that take pictures like never before, more power and performance with the best battery life ever in an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers, wide color system from camera to display, two new beautiful finishes, and is the first water and dust resistant iPhone. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, September 16.

First of all, to see Shigeru Miyamoto on stage to announce a Mario game, was something I had hoped for back in February here, which was great to finally see. Super Mario Run will be released in December.

The Jet Black model looks great, it almost harkens back to the iPhone 3G to me. The home button is now similar to the force trackpad found on the Macbook, while the cameras are now rivalling the entry-level DSLR from Canon and Nikon.

Truth be told, I’m disappointed that the dual-camera is only on the 7 Plus, but the camera on the 7 will be just as good, but without the ‘depth of field’ and the upcoming software update that will introduce the ‘focus’ feature.

The new line up is the iPhone SE, 6S and 7 models, which means the whole line is only a year old, instead of two as before. The storage is now 32GB on the 6S, while the 7 comes in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, a major increase than before.

Pre-Orders will start tomorrow at 8:01am, while the release is a week later on the 16th.

iOS 10 and watchOS 3  releases on Tuesday the 13th, while macOS Sierra releases a week after on the 20th.

Also to note, a new Apple Watch was announced, which seems to be more focused than ever on fitness, not just convenience and fashion as before. Series 2 will be released on the 16th as well.

Overall, it was a good update, and even though the design is similar to the 6 and 6S, everything is new underneath. I imagine once I have my hands on it, there’ll be some more detailed impressions, the camera especially.