MetroPCS iPhone 7 Launching on September 23, Boost’s and Virgin Mobile’s too
After official announcement of the new Apple flagships on September 7, T-Mobile has revealed that it and its prepaid brand MetroPCS will be offering them. T-Mobile will be selling both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus while MetroPCS will launch only the smaller of the two. MetroPCS iPhone 7 will be available starting September 23, 2016.
Update Sept. 9: Sprint today announced that its prepaid brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will launch their versions of Apple iPhone 7 also on September 23, 2016. Sprint hasn’t revealed the pricing for the new iPhone 7 on Boost or Virgin either.
MetroPCS iPhone 7 Specs
Comparing to last year’s iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, new iPhone 7 comes with significant improvements but not too drastic. Among features that are improved are display, processor, battery life, camera and capacity of internal storage, which now starts at 32GB rather than 16GB. Also enhanced are speakers and level of water and dust resistance while size of display has remained the same.
The iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch display that’s now 25% brighter and comes with wide color gamut. Its A10 Fusion processor is faster than original iPhone 120 times and 40% faster than the iPhone 6S’s A9 chip. A10 Fusion processor also offers better gaming experience with faster graphics processing as well as extended battery life which is now 2 hours longer than with the iPhone 6S.
The iPhone 7 keeps the 12-megapixel rear camera from last year’s 6S. However, the new model has a larger aperture (ƒ/1.8) and gains the optical image stabilization that keeps the images steadier. Last year, OIS was reserved only for 6S Plus. Front-facing “FaceTime HD” camera now counts 7-megapixel instead of last year’s 5-megapixel and has auto-image stabilization, not optical.
Internal storage now starts at 32GB and ends at 256GB capacity. The phones are also IP67 certified which makes them fully water and dustproof. Also, both flagships now feature stereo speakers (first time ever), one at the top and one at the bottom. Headphone jack is gone as previously speculated but users can continue to use it with adaptor included in the box. In its place is new Lightning connector port that’s compatible with new EarPods headphones. Apple has also introduced the AirPods, a new wireless set of headphones that will be available in October for $159.
iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus Pricing And Availability
T-Mobile hasn’t revealed the cost of MetroPCS iPhone 7 but Apple sells it at starting price of $649. The cost of iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769.
T-Mobile will start taking pre-orders at 12:01 am PT on September 9 while Apple will start selling them in stores beginning September 16, 2016.
MetroPCS started offering iPhones for the first time only recently, in June 2016.