Apple held their much-anticipated iPhone 7 press conference today, unveiling not only their signature handset but also a new Apple Watch, iOS build, and a surprise Nintendo game. Pour one out for the headphone jack. Let’s do this.

Apple iPhone 7

Apple Announces iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and More

The headphone jack is gone, best make peace with that. There will be headphones that connect through the lightning port, and an included adapter will let you use a standard 3.5mm jack. Or, of course, you could go wireless.

To help ease you into your new wireless lifestyle, Apple is releasing the AirPods, wireless earbuds that connect to the iPhone without a need for Bluetooth. The AirPods use their own W1 chip and will retail for $159 when they hit in late October. Two new Beats headsets using the same W1 chip will be out this fall, costing $149 and $299.

The Home button is no longer mechanical, meaning the feedback will come from the Taptic Engine, similar to the new MacBook trackpads. No more clicky-clicky.

It’s a-me, Mario? It’s always something of a miracle when something major doesn’t leak prior to the official announcement, and this one is pretty major. Apple threw a huge curveball when Shigeru Miyamoto – creator of Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, you name it – took the stage and announced Super Mario Run, a sidescrolling Mario game that’s Nintendo’s take on endless runners. It’s coming to iOS by the holidays and will offer both single and multiplayer modes.

The iPhone 7 Plus will have two cameras on the back, but instead of letting you take 3D pictures (which is gimmicky and silly), one lens will be a wide-angle and the other a telephoto lens. You’ll be able to use the different depths to pull off some tricks, like bluring the background behind the subject of your photo, which seems like a pretty cool way to ruin your photo.

The smaller, standard iPhone 7 will have one wide-angled camera on the back, with a 12-megapixel sensor, an upgraded flash, an f1.8 lens, and optical image stabilization. Apple also claimed the phone will have better autofocusing, exposure, and color-collection.

Grab a new iPhone on September 16th starting at $649 and 32GB.

Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Announces iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and More

A new ceramic look, new bands, a screen that’s twice as bright as before, and a new S2 chip with a dual-core processor that runs fifty-perfect faster than the one in the original Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Series 2 means business, and that business will run you $369. If you don’t want to spend that much, the first watch, now called the Series One Line, will be upgraded with the S2 chip that’s in Series 2 and sold for $269. The watches come in late October, and WatchOS3 will hit September 13th for current owners.

While the first Apple Watch was splash proof, you’d be in a heap of trouble if you took it diving. That’s not necessarily the case this time around, because Series 2 is water resistant up to 50m. Apple is actually encouraging consumers to swim with the watch on and including swim-specific workout modes. It’s also got GPS built into it, which makes it good for runners, especially those out in the country that may hit the occasional dead zone.

Super Mario Run wasn’t the only surprise Nintendo brought us today. Pokemon Go will be available for Apple Watch, offering a visual element that the Pokemon Go Wearable cannot, and making it much easier to hatch those stupid eggs.

iOS 10

iOS 10 is scheduled to be released on September 13th and will be one of the biggest upgrades ever, opening up Siri and iMessage to developers. Siri can now handle many more tasks, and Continuity now includes Universal Clipboard, letting you copy and paste from your phone to your Mac.


So there you have it, folks. No Macs, iPads, Apple TVs, or traditional headphones, but still feels like a pretty weighty show.

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