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Apple announcements: iPhone 7, Mario game, new watch

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, talks about the features on the new iPhone 7 earphone options during an event to announce new products Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, talks about the features on the new iPhone 7 earphone options during an event to announce new products Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

At Apple’s iPhone 7 unveiling in San Francisco on Wednesday, the tech powerhouse revealed a host of new and updated hardware and software.

Apple Airpods

As expected, iPhone is removing the standard analog headphone jack and forcing headphones to use its “Lightning” connector, which plugs into the phone’s charging port. The iPhone 7 will come with an adapter so older earphones still can be used. But Apple is pushing Apple AirPods, which sync across all Apple devices and respond to touch that can access Siri. The AirPods are shipping in late October and cost $160.

iPhone 7 and 6 Plus

Apple’s new iPhone is getting a faster processor, an updated home button and water and dust protection. The iPhone 7 will have stereo speakers for the first time, with twice the volume of iPhone 6S speakers. Apple estimates that the new iPhones will have one or two hours of additional battery life over last year’s models. Camera improvements include a new flash with four LEDs rather than two for greater brightness. The iPhone 7 Plus will have two lenses to boost the zoom capabilities of the camera. The camera now can zoom in twice as much without losing sharpness. Both cameras take 12 megapixel photos.

Apple Watch Series 2

Apple introduced a “swim-proof” watch, the Apple Watch Series 2. The new watch has built-in GPS, a brighter display and faster processor than the previous Apple Watch. There’s also new ceramic watch-face. A Pokemon Go app is coming to Apple Watch. The app lets you collect items from Pokestops, hatch eggs and alert you to nearby Pokemon.

New Mario Game

Nintendo debuted a new Super Mario game for iOS called Super Mario Run. It’s the first iOS game featuring Nintendo’s Mario characters.

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