Having scooped its own launch event with a premature tweet, Apple has today officially launched the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - and there's no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Promising, unsurprisingly, to be "the best iPhone that we have ever created", the iPhone 7 claims ten key new features, including a new design, new home button and IP76 water and dust resistance.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in new colours for Apple, including a new jet black finish, and are designed with a high-gloss, seamless unibody design, glass, aluminium and stainless steel.

The new iPhone 7 home button is 'customisable', with force sensitive control and new, more responsive taptic feedback, which can be programmed by third party apps.

There's a new Retina HD display for the new iPhones, promising to be 25 per cent brighter, adheres to the wide colour gamut cinema P3 standard and has a 3D Touch layer.

Apple also confirmed the removal of the headphone jack, focusing instead on the Lightning connection for audio.

MORE: iPhone 7 hands-on review

MORE: iPhone 7 Plus hands-on review

The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will come with bundled new Lightning EarPods, as well as an adaptor for connecting 3.5mm headphones. Also new were the AirPods - Apple's completely wireless earphones. 

The AirPods will cost £159, the Lightning EarPods will be £29 when sold separately, and the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adaptor will cost £9.

And for the first time there are stereo speakers on an iPhone, promising twice the volume.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cameras get a big update too, with new optical image stabilisation, a wider aperture lens and a new 12-megapixel wide colour capture sensor. Faster, more energy efficient, the iPhone 7 camera sports a Quad LED true tone flash.

iPhone 7 Plus adds a 12-megapixel telephoto camera, allowing you to use both cameras to capture images. Both phones have 7-megapixel FaceTime HD cameras.

MORE: Apple AirPods hands-on review

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There's a new Apple A10 Fusion Chip - "the most powerful chip ever in a phone" - that promises to run twice as fast as the iPhone 6, while using less power.

There are new finishes, too, an anodised matte black and a jet black.

In a strange turn of events, Apple's official Twitter account sent out a tweet went at the start of the event, before Tim Cook, Apple CEO, had announced the new iPhone 7.

As well as a water-resistant body, the tweet - now deleted - appeared to show that Apple has indeed removed the 3.5mm headphone jack. 

Apple also confirmed the new iPhone 7 has stereo speakers, new cameras and a "longer battery".

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in silver, gold, rose gold and the new black finish in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models starting at £599. The new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models.

The iPhone 7 will be available from 16th September.

MORE: Apple Lightning headphones and the iPhone 7: what you need to know


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No doubt the Sheeple will mob the stores

Lining up to fork over hard earned cash for the latest and greatest iPhone.... Because the 6 is SO last year....
And now, paying over even more money for earbuds and/or headphones that are not only "necessary" for this phone, but which won't work with anything else...BRILLIANT.
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You aren't going to stop me buying one eventually (256GB finally! Thank-you Apple).

You are wrong about the headphones. The package includes a free 3.5mm jack to Lightning adaptor so my B&W P3s will still work fine with it.

I may even get the 'Plus' version to exploit the new two lens camera set-up (as a keen photographer who counts his iPhone amongst his cameras too).

I'm sure Android users get just as keen about Samsung's new phones and their features/technology too. We are a 'dual-platform family' with our kids preferring both Android and iPhone respectively and guess what?  No-one gives a s##t like you seem to.  

I want all manufacturers competing like cats and dogs over the technology so we ALL get better products no matter what our particular preferences are. (You too.)

I wish you'd left out the 'sheeple' insult. It's a wee bit juvenile and you know nothing about the variety of people who are customers for all these brands.  

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