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Apple unveils iPhone 7 with new camera, color and Lightning connector for headphones

Will cost $649

Today, Apple unveiled the newest addition to the iPhone family, the completely water-resistant iPhone 7.

During the conference, Apple's Phil Schiller went over the 10 new features that the iPhone 7 will have. Starting with general aesthetic and color, the phone, which is features a high-glass finish, comes in two black colors. The first is more of a glossy tone, and the second is more of a matte that gives a high-tech look to the phone. The phone will also come in the usual silver, rose gold and gold.

Some of the most noticeable changes that will affect those who decide to buy it are the dual cameras on the back of the phone and the headphone jack change.

On the audio side, which includes both the headphone jack and the internal speakers, Apple's changing things around.

The biggest change is how headphones will be used. Apple is changing to Lightning connector for headphones. Apple's new earbuds will come with a Lightning adapter, but the company will also include an adapter for those that don't want to get rid of headphones that have a 3.5mm plug. iPhone 7 users will also be able to use wireless headphones on the device, and Schiller said the experience will be better than it has before.

During the presentation, Apple unveiled its first ever AirPods. The AirPods take on the same design as the wired earphones except they're entirely wireless and take a two-step connection process to make it easy to use, according to Schiller. Users will be able to access Siri simply by double tapping the back of the AirPod while wearing them or talk into a microphone located at the bottom of the AirPod while on the phone. The battery will last about 5 hours before needing to recharge. The AirPods are powered by W1 chip, Apple's first wireless chip, that will also power a new line of Beats wireless headphones. The AirPods will ship in late October for $159.

On the actual device, the two internal speakers located at the bottom and top of the phone are proper stereo speakers for the first time. Both have a high dynamic range that will make the audio playing on your phone sound better in both portrait and landscape positions.

The new camera boasts f1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel lens. The camera will also have stabilizers built in for every photo and video-taking option. The iPhone 7 will also allow for more high-res image editing directly on the device for both professional and amateur photographers. Although there's still only one camera on the front of the camera, Schiller said that the camera has been upgraded to seven megapixels to allow for better and sharper front-facing photos, including the all-important selfies.

On the iPhone 7 Plus, a dual camera option allows for zooming options with a telephoto lens. The optical lens lets users zoom in up to 10x to capture better photos from farther away and take more macro-style photos. Again, this feature will only be available on the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 will have the upgraded camera, but it will only have one 12-megapixel camera.

There are also some new and big technical changes coming to the iPhone 7. The phone will have a haptic-feedback home button, much like the keys on a MacBook or MacBook Pro. This will make it feel more natural for people using the phone and gets rid of the mechanical experience that comes with clicking the home button on the current model. On the inside, the iPhone 7 will have a new A10 Fusion chip, making it twice as fast the 6, 6S and 6 Plus. The A10 Fusion is also twice as powerful when it comes to graphics than the previous line of iPhones.

The iPhone 7 will cost $679 and the iPhone 7 Plus will cost $769. Both will be available to purchase on Sept.16. Pre-orders will go live on Sept. 9.

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