After months of rumors, leaks and speculations, the all new Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are here. Both new iPhones bring in a lot of changes, right from new color options to water and dust resistance, double storage starting from 32GB and going all the way up to 256GB, dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus for 2X optical zoom and DSLR-like blur (bokeh) effects. Both iPhones are set to go on sale in India staring October 7, with prices starting from Rs 60,000. With the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has moved on to connecting Earpods over Lightning connector. At the announcement last night, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller explained why the company decided to do way with the legacy 3.5mm analog audio port. Also Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
From the very beginning, Apple designed Lightning to be a great digital audio connector , among other things that it does like charging and data transfer, Schiller said. He also stressed on the fact that currently there are more than 900 million Lightning enabled devices in the world. There are speakers and headphones designed to take advantage of this Lightning port. In an example, he mentioned about JBL Reflex Aware headphones with Lightning connector that are lightweight, affordable, offer active noise cancellation. There is also an app that lets you adjust the amount of stereo on each channel (left and right), something that is not possible with an analogue connector. Also Read - iPhone SE gets cheaper on Flipkart only for today: Get over Rs 11,000 flat discount
3 reasons why Apple decided to ditch the 3.5mm port
Schiller mentioned that the 3.5mm audio port has been with us for a really long time, and it takes courage to move on and do something new for the better of everyone. Firstly, the Lightning connector can be used for audio, charging and data purpose. Secondly, he stressed on the fact that with every new iPhone people want better specifications more RAM, more storage, taptic engine, bigger batteries and more. With all components fighting for space, which is premium, it makes no sense to have the ancient single purpose analog connector just for audio. ASLO READ: Should you buy the Apple iPhone 7?
Third and most important reason is the vision if you know how audio experience can be, you want to get there as fast as you can. Apple believes that the future is wireless and no one has taken a challenge to deliver truly wireless experience while fixing issues in wireless experiences. Apple wants its users to get rid of the tangling wires and enjoy sound quality the way it s meant to be.
After dealing with a lot of challenges, Apple finally introduced its first truly wireless headphones called AirPods. It has worked to design a custom W1 chip to offer high-efficiency playback, with consistent and reliable connection. The AirPods include infrared sensors that detect when each individual AirPod (left and right) is connected in your ear. They also include motion accelerometers and double tap feature to quickly access Siri without having to take the phone out of your pocket. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus India price to start from Rs 60,000; launching on October 7
To eliminate the ambient noise, the AirPods come with beamforning microphones that detect the vibrations and source of your voice. The AirPods can offer up to five hours of music listening on a single charge. They come with a compact charging case for charging, pairing with Apple devices and also delivers battery life of more than 24 hours. The intelligent W1 chip allows to instantly switch between all your Apple devices, be it iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac. The AirPods are priced at Rs 15,400 and will go on sale in India, sometime in late October.