Unveiled at Apple’s special event in San Francisco today, the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be ordered starting this Friday and are set to hit the market on September 16.
The latest generation of Apple’s smartphones (pictured above) will introduce a number of new features, including water and dust resistance, an advanced 12-megapixel camera and an A10 Fusion chip architecture billed as twice as fast as the processor in the iPhone 6.
As many had expected, the new phones will use Apple’s Lightning connector for audio, but they can also be used with adaptors for standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jacks for users with older headphones or earbuds.
Also making its debut during today’s event was the new Series 2 line of Apple Watches, which will include a new ceramic case style and a special edition, the Nike Plus, designed specifically for runners. All the new styles can be ordered beginning September 9. All but the Nike plus edition will be available on September 16; the Nike watch is expected to ship starting in late October.
iWork Adds Real-Time Collaboration
Before introducing the new watches and phones, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives made several other announcements from the stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
On the productivity side, Apple is bringing real-time collaboration to its iWork apps. Susan Prescott, vice president of worldwide apps marketing, demonstrated the new capabilities on stage, showing how the update enables users to live-edit presentations via the Mac, iPhone, iPad or Web. “It’ll change the way you work with classmates, colleagues and friends,” Prescott said.
Cook also provided an update of Apple’s efforts to encourage more children in schools to learn how to code. Since its June launch, more than 100 schools and school districts around the world have committed to using the Swift…