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A rundown on everything Apple just launched

Apple had a big unveiling. At a packed event in San Francisco, Apple announced a slew of new products including two new iPhones, an updated Apple Watch, and a new set of wireless headphones called AirPods. The new iPhone, the subject of much conjecture, looks just like its predecessors but is entirely water-resistant.

Here’s a quick rundown of everything that Apple announced today, and when you’ll be able to get a hold of it all:

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Apple actually managed to leak the new iPhones before the event started, taking away from the surprise a bit. Although anyone paying attention to the rumors probably wasn’t surprised in the first place: The new iPhone 7 looks pretty much like the iPhone 6 and 6S, but is entirely water-resistant, has a capacitative home button, and comes in new colors. It’ll be available in silver, gold, rose gold, black, and an even blacker black.


Many of the phone’s changes are internal: The 7 runs Apple’s powerful new A10 processor, and has a new, extremely high-resolution screen. The two biggest external changes are the removal of the headphone jack (which Apple marketing director Phil Schiller called a “brave” move), and the new cameras. Both models will have a 12-megapixel camera that can take photos with a depth of field usually reserved for standalone digital cameras. The iPhone 7 Plus also features a second “telephoto” camera that will allow it to zoom in manually.


For everyone that still wants to use their regular headphones with the iPhone 7.
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Apple said the battery life on both phones should be better—the 7 lasts about 2 hours longer than a 6S, and the 7 Plus about an hour longer than the 6S Plus. Both models will be available with 32 GB, 128 Gb, or 256 GB storage. The iPhone 7 will start at $649 in the US, and the iPhone 7 Plus at $769. They’ll both be available for pre-order Sept. 9, and in stores Sept. 16.


Apple also released new wireless earbuds, called AirPods. They look a lot like Apple’s current EarPods, just without the wires. Each AirPod is packed with its own audio-processing chip, used to enable higher-quality sound and detect if the earbud is in the user’s ear. They’ll cost $159, which is hefty for Apple earbuds, but actually quite reasonable for the wireless earbud market. The AirPods will be available in October (the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will come with regular earbuds that use the devices’ lightning port).

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