Throwback: Not EarPods, but Airpods — Everything you NEEDED to know from the September Apple Launch

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived; two new iPhones, a new waterproof smartwatch and “AirPods” (not earpods) were announced earlier this morning by Tim Cook and the team. Here is everything you need to know about the new products, the pros and cons, and what Apple can offer you in 2017.

The successor: “Watch Series 2”

The Apple watch’s successor retains similar specifications, with a bump up in durability and key features. The series 2 can be found in either a 38mm or 42mm case, both with 50 metres water resistance. The touch screen has also been improved, with the brightness increasing by 1,000 nits, keeping the previous model’s size. Apple claim that the watch is the best smartwatch for the outdoors, and that it is the brightest display they have ever made. Watch OS will be available for the watch early this month, and as usual we can expect to see many different strap and design options and price ranges.

It’s “AirPods” now, not “Ear Pods”

Yes, the rumours were correct: the new iPhone does not feature the old fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack, just as numerous Android phones have gone in the direction of as well. “AirPods” are the new norm, and although they come with a hefty $159 (USD) price tag they do pack in some notable features. Sound wise they will sound identical to Ear Pods. The Verge can confirm for us that the advancements Apple has made has not been in the audio department in this first generation. For convenience, they come with a case, connect to all your Apple products within 10 seconds of activation and have a smart chip in them that hold a sort of memory of what you listen to along with volume control etc. The Pods charge in the case they come with, via a lightning port just like the iPhone 5 and above, and offer a reported 25 hours of listening time before they need a to be charged.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have arrived

Ditching 16GB and taking things up a notch, Apple has introduced their two new flagship phones in typical fashion. The phones pack in many of the rumoured features such as the lack of a headphone jack, new antenna lines, a touch rather than a button fingerprint scanner as well as some of the best mobile phone camera technology out right now. Samsung, Google and Moto better watch out…

Both phones come with two new colours: black and jet black. They retain the old screen sizes and resolutions of old, but bump up brightness by 25%. The new A10 Fusion chip offers a speedy performance and comes with 2GB of RAM. Apple has finally answered the demands of consumers finally with increasing storage options to 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB, and adding IP67 dust and water resistance. Basically what this means, is the phones will be able to take a few splashes of water, with a rating of 1 metre in 30 minutes endurance. Both cameras have been improved, with new app features and a brand new 7 MP lense for the front facing shooters. The 7+ features dual cameras that the 7 lacks, capable of shooting in different angles, 3D image processing and has a new flash. The 7’s camera is slightly improved however, with a slightly wider aperture lense, sticking with the 6S’s 12MP resolution, and also a new flash. Both phones have also been improved in the on-board audio department, with stereo speakers now offering louder, crispier sound with added bass. Other than the key features, the expected 4G, Bluetooth 4.2 and lighting connectivity are all crammed in.

The phones are available now in New Zealand with the standard 32GB models costing $1,199 for the iPhone 7, and $1,429 for the iPhone 7+ from retailers near you.