With the Apple Keynote causing a stir on Wednesday, this week in mobile brings us news of the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, second generation Apple Watch and the brand new AirPods. However, Apple isn’t the only major mobile manufacturer who’s been hitting the headlines this week, Moto, Google and LG have been busy too. Read on to see what’s been snagging the airwaves at the start of September.
Apple reveals water-resistant, headphone jack-free iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
As expected, Apple revealed the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus during its keynote speech on 7 September and the initial reaction has been positive if relatively subdued. The design is as sleek as we’ve come to expect from Apple and with the introduction of dust and water resistance, it looks as though the iPhone 7 series is set to be more durable than ever.
The big eye-opener was the fact that, as rumours suggested, the new generation of iPhones will not have a headphone jack. Instead, they will use a lightening connector and will ship with suitable headphones as well as a connector, allowing people to use their existing headphones with their new smartphones. What’s more, Apple unveiled AirPods – wireless earphones that offer some seriously smart features.
Pokémon Go and fitness features for Apple Watch 2
The Apple Watch Series 2 was the other big announcement at the keynote and fitness fans are likely to love the new selection of health, wellbeing and activity-based apps available – as well as the fact that Apple has paired with Nike to create a sporty new variant, the Apple Watch Nike Plus. There were also plenty of people pleased to hear that Pokémon Go will be making its way to the device – making it easier than ever to catch ‘em all.
Find out more in our Apple Keynote Round-Up.
LG unveils the V20 with Android Nougat
Rumours were rife that the V20 would come with Android’s brand new operating system, Nougat, straight out of the box – and the South Korean firm didn’t disappoint. What’s more, like last year’s V10, the V20 will have a screen on the front (a 5.7in quad HD LCD) as well as a ticker display screen on the back. At the unveiling, LG’s communications director said it was a phone for the storytelling generation and with one front facing camera and two more on the back, it’s clear to see that visuals are expected to play a large role in sharing those stories.
Google to swap Nexus for Pixel
Google’s Nexus phones have offered some excellent innovations over the years but all good things eventually come to an end and the software giant looks set to rebrand its most faithful line, swapping Nexus for Pixel. Rumours abound that at an event on 4 October, Google will reveal its new Pixel Smartphone, alongside an upgraded Chromecast. At the moment, it seems likely we’ll be looking at a 5 inch Pixel and a 5.5 inch Pixel XL which will bear some resemblance to the Pixel C Android tablet – although scaled down, of course.
Motorola promises two-day battery life for Moto Z Play
A short battery life is perhaps the biggest bugbear for today’s app-happy smartphone user and Motorola hope to put an end to the nightly charging ritual with the upcoming introduction of the Moto Z Play. The manufacturer claims that the smartphone will last for up to 50 hours of normal use without a charge.
To achieve two days of power, the handset will be a little bulkier than some of the other models hitting the shops this year, but at 7mm thick, the difference is minimal and probably worth it for anyone who’d like to eek a little more life from a single charge.
That concludes our round up of the biggest news in the smartphone world this week! Check out The Hub again next Friday for all the latest updates from Tesco Mobile.