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Is the new iPhone 7 waterproof and 10 other frequently asked questions ─ answered

We have the answers to all your questions about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus' new Earpods, Airpods, water-resistant features and more.

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IS THE IPHONE 7 AND 7 PLUS WATERPROOF?

Nope. It has been tested and rated IP67, which means it’s water-resistant up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes. So talking on the phone in the rain is not a problem, and it will survive a quick fall in the pool (or the toilet bowl…) just fine.

And if you’re a shower singing diva, you can rest assured that it wouldn’t be affected by condensation in the bathroom if you’re using your new iPhone 7 as a radio. Uh, just don’t run it directly under the shower okay?

CAN YOU CHARGE THE IPHONE 7 AND USE THE HEADPHONES AT THE SAME TIME?

Unfortunately, no ─ because the new iPhone 7 has done away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, such that the Earpods (which come with the iPhone) share the same Lightning connector as the charger.

Apple is hopeful that the improved battery life (the iPhone 7 is promoted as having two more hours of battery life than the 6s, and the iPhone 7 Plus one more hour than the 6s Plus) will mitigate this issue.

So if you want to play music and charge your phone at the same time, you’ll need to either shell out for the wireless Airpods ($238, available from late October 2016) or go the old-fashioned route and blast it from your phone speakers.

ARE THE AIRPODS WATERPROOF?

No, and you definitely shouldn’t go for a swim with it either! (Plus they might just fall out in the pool.)

But if you love outdoor runs, you’ll be relieved to know that rain is not a problem.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CHARGE THE AIRPODS?

Each set of fully charged Airpods is good for 5 hours of listening time.

But the Airpods also come with a special charging case ─ think of it like an external battery of sorts for your Airpods. This charging case can hold up to 24 hours of battery life, which is a little short of 5 charging cycles for your Airpods.

If you are in a big hurry, you can pop the Airpods into the charging case for 15 minutes, and that will be sufficient to give you another 3 hours of music.

DO THE AIRPODS USE BLUETOOTH? CAN I LISTEN TO MUSIC WITH THE AIRPODS IN AIRPLANE MODE?

Yes, and yes. The Airpods connect to your phone via Bluetooth, which can be left on even during airplane mode. So you don’t have to worry that you’ll be without your favourite playlist during flights.

CAN I USE THE AIRPODS WITH MY IPHONE 6S AND 6S PLUS?

Yep, as long as you’re running iOS 10. For the record, it’s also compatible with devices running macOS Sierra.

Upon first use, you'll need to link the Airpods with your iCloud account, and subsequently, it should automatically connect to all of your compatible Apple devices, including your iPad and Mac.

BUT ARE THE AIRPODS REALLY WORTH PAYING SO MUCH FOR?

It does offer a little more than just regular Bluetooth-enabled wireless earphones. The Airpods also comes with sensors that will pause your music whenever you remove them, and automatically resume when you put them back on. Apple also claims that you can double tap your Airpods to access Siri, which will let you control your music, change volume or perform any other Siri tasks.

The one other major concern, however, is whether they’ll fall out easily. That, we’ll only know when the Airpods are released in October.

CAN I USE MY IPHONE 7 WITH MY EXISTING HEADPHONES?

Yep! The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come with an adapter (which you plug into the Lightning connector, of course) that allows you to continue using your existing headphones.

CAN I USE OTHER BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES WITH THE IPHONE 7?

Yep. The Airpods is iPhone’s proposed solution to the no-headphone-jack quandary, but you can always opt for 3rd-party Bluetooth headphones too.

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE NEW HOME BUTTON?

Instead of the old mechanical Home button, which you needed to press in, the new solid-state Home button uses sensors to detect your action.

Mechanical components are susceptible to wear and tear, so doing away with the old Home button is actually good for the longevity of your iPhone in the long run. Furthermore, because the new Home button still gives you tactile feedback, you almost don’t really notice the difference. There are even three levels of tactile feedback for you to select from.

The iPhone 7’s new Home button, by default, require two taps ─ when you first rest your finger over the button, it “wakes” the screen (although lifting your phone has the same effect); you need to “press’ again to unlock the screen.

Frankly, that part is annoying but that’s not a deal breaker, because you can easily go back to the old way of unlocking your phone by just placing your finger on the Home button.

Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button > and enable “Rest Finger to Open”.

 IS THERE WIRELESS CHARGING FOR THE IPHONE 7?

That’s still a no, unfortunately. If you really want that, you’ll need to seek out a wireless charging cover.

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