Here’s what it’s like to use the iPhone 7

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Apple CEO TIm Cook getting ready to show the iPhone 7 to the press.
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The iPhone 7 is here.

We got to play around with Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on Wednesday after the company’s big launch event in San Francisco.

We also got to try out the new wireless AirPod headphones.

The new phones will be available on September 16.

Here’s an early, hands-on look at what it’s like to use them.


Here’s the iPhone 7 Plus. This is the new jet black color.

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It’s super-shiny. Basically a mirror. It’s a fingerprint magnet. Apple also warned that it scratches easily.

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The iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-lens camera with a telephoto lens. The telephoto lens lets you use optical zoom up to 2x.

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See? We zoomed in on this guy’s nose. Optical zoom means the photo won’t get distorted when you zoom in.

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Here’s another zoomed photo that was taken earlier.

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The iPhone 7 Plus will also let you add this blur effect to the background of portraits.

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There’s this new matte black color too.

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The home button is now pressure-sensitive. That means it doesn’t physically press in. Instead, the phone vibrates when you press down. Oh yeah … and there’s no headphone jack!

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You’ll have to use special headphones that plug into the Lightning port, wireless headphones, or an adapter included with the iPhone 7 that works with regular headphones.


These are AirPods, the new wireless headphones that go on sale separately for $159 in October.

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They pair to your iPhone when you flip open the case. It’s way easier than pairing by poking through your settings menu.

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They look just like the wired EarPods, just without the wires on the end. They also have a microphone so you can make phone calls.

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They’re really tiny. It’s easy to see how people will lose them.

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You charge the AirPods by placing them in their case and plugging in a Lightning cable.

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Overall, the new iPhones aren’t a big change over last year’s models. But CEO Tim Cook and Maddie Ziegler seem happy with them.

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