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Published on September 7th, 2016 | by Bhavishya Kanjhan


Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus available across Middle East from Sep 16

Apple has announced that it’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in the UAE from the 16th of September. Across other Middle East countries (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait), the new iPhone will be available from  23rd September.

Ooredoo Qatar has opened pre-orders in preparation for the launch in Qatar. Other major telecom operators and retail outlets in the region should be announcing their pre-order details soon.

What’s New?

The new iPhones feature upgrades all-around including in terms of performance, cameras, water and dust proof rating, and lightning powered headphones. In addition to that, the new iPhones also start at the 32GB capacity now and the larger capacity versions will be 128GB and 256GB. Apple is replacing the Space Grey with two new colours: the glossy Jet Black and the matte style Black.

iPhone 7 Plus lineup

Camera – the new iPhone 7 features a 12MP camera with a wider f/1.8 aperture. The camera also features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which was previously only found on the Plus version. The difference between the two phones is still there though as the new iPhone 7 Plus now features two 12-MP cameras with one 28mm lens and one 56mm lens. With this, Apple has not only allowed for optical zoom, it is also building a software driven solution for shallow depth of field / bokeh.


Water and Dust Proof – Both the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have an IP67 water and dust proof rating. This means that you can use the phone under water up to 10M for 30 minutes.

Lightning-powered headphones – As rumored, Apple has removed the 3.5mm port on the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and has moved to the lightning interface for sound. Apple will include the new lightning-powered headphones inside the box as well as a lightning to 3.5mm adapter.

The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus also feature the improved A10 fusion processor, a newly designed Home button that is powered by a haptic engine, and of course the new iOS 10.

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Updated with additional reporting by Yasser Masood.

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