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Meet the Jet Black iPhone 7, waterproof design, new home button and all

By Adrian Diaconescu September 7, 2016, 2:38 pm

It’s not exactly the all-glass iPhone we’ve tagged 2017 for — this year‘s iPhone 7 looks to be a unibody glass sheath with an aluminium chassis underneath. It’s designed for IP67 ingress protection (that’s dust and water immersion resistance up to 1 meter and 30 minutes).

Unique as it may be, that’s just the Jet Black variant of this new phone. The other models, in gold, silver and rose gold (no second black flavor, apparently) get standard aluminium bodies with IP67, too. If you can’t tell, hardware changes are abound with the iPhone 7.

The Home Button is now a solid-state, force-sensitive pad that can simulate actuation with the help of a new Taptic Engine, as first seen on the Apple Watch Series One.

As for the “Retina HD” display (no resolution numbers yet), it’s supposed to be 25 percent brighter than before, with a Wide Color Gamut, Cinema Standard, Color Management, and of course, 3D Touch features that were oddly downplayed during the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus announcement.

More on cameras (a lot more), audio (spoiler alert: no headphone jack), and additional major improvements in our other breaking news stories.

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