SIM-free Apple iPhone 7 series now available in US; price details
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After a month of its release, Apple has finally commenced selling SIM-free iPhone 7 series in US.

Earlier, Apple fans had to buy the iPhone 7 series by signing a deal with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and others, which offer 24-months contract with prices starting at $21.67 for 4.7-inch iPhone 7 (32GB) and goes up to $32.34 for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus (256GB).

Now, they can grab the Apple iPhones without contracts, but have to shell out full amount of the device at the time of buying. It ranges from $649 for iPhone 7 (32GB) to $969 for the iPhone 7 Plus (256GB).

If you are strapped for cash, Apple has also introduced a novel upgrade plan. It is one of the best ways to buy the new iPhone 7 series, as the company offers value added service-- Apple Care+, which no carrier network companies' plans can match this lucrative deal.

If you buy the new iPhone 7 series via Apple device upgrade plan, you will not be tied to any single carrier and go through multiyear service contract as such. You can choose any network carrier you want and once your new iPhone gets activated, it will always remain unlocked.

Furthermore, this upgrade plan also includes free Apple Care+ support worth $129 free. Users can avail benefits such as two years of hardware repairs, software support, and coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage.

[Note: With each appointment, Apple store will charge a service fee of $29 for screen damage or $99 for any other damage, plus applicable tax]

Also read: iPhone 7 buying guide: Which is better - Apple iPhone upgrade plan or carrier networks' contract?

The best part is that users can spread the cost of new iPhone over 24 months. And they can also upgrade to a new iPhone after just six months, provided they have made at least 12 payments. If eligible, they can just trade in their current iPhone and start a new plan without any hassle. 

[Note: After 12 months, users will be automatically become eligible for new iPhone upgrade]

Models Models Price (unlocked) Price (paid in installments for 24 months)
Apple iPhone 7 32GB $649 $32.41
128GB $749 $36.58
256GB $849 $40.75
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB $769 $37.41
128GB $869 $41.58
256GB $969 $45.75

Another option is to go for Apple trade-in plan. With this, consumers who like to buy the new iPhone in exchange for their old phone, they stand a chance to get up to $250 discount. They can use that credit to lower the full cost of a new iPhone or to reduce the monthly payments with their carrier. [Readers can check their current phone's exchange value, HERE]

Also read: Apple iPhone 7 v iPhone 6S series: What's changed?

Key specifications of Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus:

Models Apple iPhone 7 Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Display 4.7-inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen with Retina HD (1334x750p) resolution
  • Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • Pixel density: 326 ppi
  • 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • Wide colour display (P3)
  • 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Display Zoom
  • Reachability
5.5-inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen with Retina HD (1080x1920p) resolution
  • Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • Pixel density: 401 ppi
  • 1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • Wide colour display (P3)
  • 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
  • Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
  • Display Zoom
  • Reachability
OS Apple iOS v10 Apple iOS v10
Processor 64-bit architecture-based A10 Fusion chip with M10 motion coprocessor(It has a 64-bit 4-core. Dual-core processors which is 40 percent faster than the A9. Other two cores are "high efficiency" and use 1/5 power to save batter life of the device and graphics processor is 50 percent faster than the A9 CPU) 64-bit architecture-based A10 Fusion chip with M10 motion coprocessor(It has a 64-bit 4-core. Dual-core processors which is 40 percent faster than the A9. Other two cores are "high efficiency" and use 1/5 power to save batter life of the device and graphics processor is 50 percent faster than the A9 CPU)
RAM 2GB 3GB
Storage 32GB/128GB/256GB 32GB/128GB/256GB
Camera
  • Main: 12MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, digital zoon (up to 5x), Optical image Stabilisation, six-element lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Sapphire crystal lens cover, Backside illumination sensor, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, Live Photos with stabilization, Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos, Improved local tone mapping, Body and face detection, Exposure control, Noise reduction, Auto HDR for photos, Auto image stabilization, Burst mode, Timer mode, Photo geo-tagging
  • Front: 7-megapixel photos, 1080p HD video recording, Retina Flash, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos, Auto HDR, Backside illumination sensor, Body and face detection, Auto image stabilization, Burst mode, Exposure control, Timer mode
  • Main: 12MP camera (ƒ/1.8 aperture) with wide-angle field of view + telephoto camera (ƒ/1.9 aperture), Optical zoom at 2x, digital zoom up to 10x, Optical image Stabilisation, six-element lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Sapphire crystal lens cover, Backside illumination sensor, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, Live Photos with stabilization, Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos, Improved local tone mapping, Body and face detection, Exposure control, Noise reduction, Auto HDR for photos, Auto image stabilization, Burst mode, Timer mode, Photo geo-tagging
  • Front: 7-megapixel photos, 1080p HD video recording, Retina Flash, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos, Auto HDR, Backside illumination sensor, Body and face detection, Auto image stabilization, Burst mode, Exposure control, Timer mode
Additional camera features
  • 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilisation for video
  • Optical zoom at 2x; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 7 Plus only)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slow-motion video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilisation
  • Cinematic video stabilisation(1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geo-tagging
  • 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilisation for video
  • Optical zoom at 2x; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 7 Plus only)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Slow-motion video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps
  • Time-lapse video with stabilisation
  • Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geo-tagging
Battery Talk time (wireless):
  • Up to 14 hours on 3G

Standby:

  • Up to 10 days

Internet use:

  • Up to 12 hours on 3G
  • Up to 14 hours on Wi-Fi

Wireless video playback:

  • Up to 13 hours

Wireless audio playback:

  • Up to 40 hours
Talk time (wireless):
  • Up to 21 hours on 3G

Standby:

  • Up to 16 days

Internet use:

  • Up to 13 hours on 3G
  • Up to 15 hours on Wi-Fi

Wireless video playback:

  • Up to 14 hours

Wireless audio playback:

  • Up to 60 hours
Network 4G-LTE 4G-LTE
Add-ons Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
NFC, Near Field Communication, Assisted GPS and GLONASS, Digital compass
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
NFC, Near Field Communication, Assisted GPS and GLONASS, Digital compass
Dimensions 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
Weight 138g 188g
Colours Jet Black (exclusive to 12GB/256GB), Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Silver Jet Black (exclusive to 12GB/256GB), Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Silver
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