iPhone 7: Release date, UK price, pictures, specs and key features of Apple’s new iPhone

Apple has finally unveiled its long-awaited iPhone 7, and almost all of the rumours and leaks ahead of the launch have turned out to be true.

The new device is indeed waterproof, and the larger model comes with an impressive dual-lens camera capable of of all kinds of photographic wizardry.

Controversially, Apple has removed the headphone socket from the bottom of the device, meaning you may have to rethink your headphone choices.

Reuters/Beck Diefenbach The Lightning connection on the Apple iPhone 7
The Lightning connection on the Apple iPhone 7

Apple has also ditched the 16GB and 64GB models, and introduced a new 256GB model – which has the same amount of storage as Apple’s top-of-the-range iPad Pro.

Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s new iPhone 7:

Release date

Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at an event in San Francisco on September 7.

Customers in the UK will be able to pre-order the new phones from Friday, September 9, and the new devices will be available in shops from Friday, September 16.


iPhone 7
iPhone 7

In the UK, the iPhone 7 will be available from a starting price of £599 for the cheapest 32GB option. The 128GB version costs £699 and the 256GB version will set you back a whopping £799.

The larger iPhone 7 Plus will be even more of a wallet buster than it’s smaller sibling.

The cheapest (32GB) iPhone 7 Plus costs £719, followed by a 128GB model at £819, and then a 256GB variant costing an astonishing £919 in the UK.

All of the UK mobile operators will of course be offering contract deals, so we’ll update this article once we know more.


The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are almost identical in appearance to their predecessors, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

iPhone 7
iPhone 7

The smaller iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, while its larger sibling has a 5.5-inch display.

The bodies of the phones are made from aluminium and come in five colours – silver, gold, rose gold, black, (which has a matte appearance), and “jet black”. (which has a high-gloss look).

The new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models.

The rumour that Apple was planning to launch a blue iPhone 7 appears to have been false – although there’s always next year.

No more antenna lines

One noticeable design change is that Apple has removed the plastic antenna lines from the back of the device.

In previous models, these lines have allowed radio signals to pass through the metal casing and reach the antennas. However, it looks like Apple has redesigned the case to get around this restriction.

iPhone 7
iPhone 7

A new home button

Apple has redesigned the Home button on the iPhone 7 – presumably in order to make the device waterproof.

The new “solid-state” Home button is designed to be durable and responsive, and work in tandem with Apple’s Taptic Engine to provide “more precise and customisable tactile feedback”.

In other words, even though the button doesn’t “click” in the same way as it did on the old handset, it provides haptic feedback when you touch it.

No more headphone socket

Perhaps the most controversial thing about the new iPhone is that it doesn’t have a headphone socket.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will ship with a pair of wired headphones that plug into the charging port on the bottom of the device, as well as an adaptor for people who want to hang onto their old headphones.

 Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple Inc, discusses the audio features of the iPhone7
Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple Inc, discusses the audio features of the iPhone7

Apple has also launched a pair of wireless headphones, called AirPods, which are available to buy for an additional £159.

These can connect to both the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 with just a tap, according to Apple, and switch “seamlessly” between entertainment and calls.

In place of the old headphone jack, Apple has added a second speaker, so sound is two times louder than iPhone 6s, and you will be able to listen to your music in stereo with increased dynamic range.


The iPhone 7 comes with a new A10 chip, which is extremely efficient, meaning the iPhone 7 can run up to three times faster than the iPhone 6 at as little as half the power.

This means that the iPhone 7’s battery lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 6s, according to Apple, and the iPhon 7 Plus’ battery lasts up to 1 hour longer than iPhone 6s Plus.


Graphics performance is also more powerful, so it can support a new level of gaming and professional apps.

Apple has effectively doubled the storage capacity of all its iPhones. So rather than offering 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models, the iPhone 7 comes in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB versions.


Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have upgraded cameras.

The iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel wide angle camera, which Apple claims is 60% faster and 30% more energy-efficient than previous models, and has 4 LEDS in the flash.

 Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple Inc

The iPhone 7 Plus has an additional telephoto camera, which together with the standard 12-megapixel wide angle camera offers optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos.

iPhone 7
iPhone 7

Apple said the camera software would be updated later this year, allowing the iPhone 7 Plus camera to capture depth-of-field, and separate the background from the foreground to achieve amazing portraits.

In other words, you could soon be filling your Instagram with some seriously arty photos that were once possible to create only with DSLR cameras.


Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have an IP67 rating, which means they are totally protected against dust and can be immersed in water to a depth of 1 metre.

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks on the new Apple iPhone 7
Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks on the new Apple iPhone 7

That means it will survive a dip in the sink or down the loo, and it won’t break if you pour a drink over it, but you probably don’t want to take it swimming.

Smartphone rivals like Samsung already make waterproof phones – and this is a big selling point for people prone to clumsiness.

Apple has improved the water-resistance of its devices in recent years, but this is the first time it has released a waterproof phone.


K1, Wizkid, Olamide feature on Patoranking’s debut album

GOE ...snehgistCurrently a mentor on The Voice Nigeria, Patoranking is a grass-to-grace star, yet-to-debut act who’s already enjoying continental star status. His star-studded debut album will be the final icing.

On August 1, 2016, Nigerian Dancehall, Patoranking will will step out with his highly anticipated debut album, God Over Everything #GOE.

The 16-track album features collaborations with top acts from varying genres, including Wizkid, Phyno, Olamide, Sarkodie, Elephant Man and Fuji Legend K1.

The industry waits with bated breathe.

Album Tracklist

1. Patoranking
2. G.O.E
3. Cheating Zone
4. Money ft. Phyno
5. Killing Me
6. This Kind Luv ft. Wizkid
7. Writing on the Wall
8. Forever
9. No Kissing Baby ft. Sarkodie
10. Mama Aboyo ft. Olamide
11. Stammerer
12. Love Town
13. Hale Hale
14. Beautiful
15. Daniella Whine ft. Elephant Man & Konshens
16. Ayinde ft. Kwam 1

10 Nigerian Celebs Who Would Fare Better In Other Professions

Every once in a while when you see some celebs and popular politicians acting in a certain way sometimes inconsistent with their current profession or public standing, one wonders what they would have become had they not gone into what they are doing presently. Let’s take a popular non-Nigerian celeb for example, everyone knows that Snoop Dogg would probably have been a drug peddler had he not made it big through music. Luiz Suarez would probably have become a kick-boxer or mafia enforcer. Now let’s come back home. We have them in droves and the purpose of this write up is to see what some of our celebs would have become, if not for what they currently do and the providence that they ended up doing it well…or as in the case of a certain character called Vic O, not so well. For some, they just ended up playing a role so well that you can’t but believe that was what they lived as in their first coming… Lets go…

Governor Ayo Fayose: Will Be Better As A Butcher
Governor Ayo Fayose! Chai! If you replace some of Fayose’s actions and speeches with that of an okada rider, you won’t see any difference. The master of stomach infrastructure himself, Governor Fayose sure knows how to tickle the people of Ekiti. From very base verbal abuses and attacks to some of the most ridiculous campaign materials during the last Presidential elections, Mr Fayose, looks to me like he was a butcher in his first coming. No finesse, no respect for protocol no decorum….just like a Danfo driver that he was. Broda Eleran, se ike eran wa?

Governor Rochas Okorocha: Will Be Better As A Stand Up Comedian
Governor Rochas Okorocha is to the Igbos, especially the people of Imo State, what Fayose is to the people of Ekiti and Yorubas. You just sometimes ask yourself how God created them but then you’ll also remember that God that created Abel also created Cain. Governor Okorocha is a proof that there’s not much diffeence between APC and PDP… Governor Rochas Okorocha would make a very good stand up comic. Oh, he also smokes perfect corn, I think that suites him better but there’s more money in comedy. Ask Alibaba. Each time PDP people criticise Fayose they should sha remember they also have a rochas. My people my people!

Burna Boy: Will Be Better As A Political Thug
Burna Boy! Here’s another candidate for a chai! Over grown baby. Wannabe bad boy. Aspiring music star, yes, he’s still aspiring honestly and the earlier he starts looking for a second job the better for him. Did I say look for a second job? When local government elections are around the corner? Burna Boy will be a damn good political thug. Imagine the likes of “Oluomo” and “Osanle” and you’ll get the gist. Has he paid that his producer yet?

Olamide: Will Be Better As Native Doctor/Herbalist
Olamide! Olamide’s only rival as far as babalawo (native doctor/herbalist) job is concerned will be 9ice but we chose Olamide pending when 9Ice will go and apologise to his ex-wife may be that will make him find fame again. For now, he’ll do well to look for local gigs at paraga joints in Ibadan. Ok, back to Olamide. If you speak Yoruba well then you’ll know that someone that drops some of Olamide’s kind of lines won’t find it difficult cramming the Ifa corpus. Babawa Olamide oya emaa wipe Eji-Ogbe. Ọyeku-Meji, Iwori-Meji, Odi-Meji, Irosun-Meji, Ọwanrin-Meji, Ọbara-Meji, Ọkanran-Meji, Ogunda-Meji, Ọsa-Meji, Ika-Meji, Oturupon-Meji, Otura-Meji, Irete-Maji, Ọse-Meji , Ofu meji. Ale lole nio je a gbo poro poro odo; ile losu ni o je a gbo woyo woyo konkoso, afaimo, ko mo awo ma sun lebi…afaimoooo, komo awo ma sun lebi afa I mo.. Now, if you don’t speak Yoruba, don’t bother, you might just start seeing masquerades Eji ogbe a gbe yin o.

9ice: Will Be Better As A Masquerade
9ice: Did I just say masquerade in that last post? Ok, 9Ice sha wants to slip in at all costs. Since music isn’t really coming 9Ice’s way these days, we think he’ll do well to team up with Alhaji Lai Mohammed to start a masquerading career. We can imagine his masquerade name being “Alejotulaasi”, (compulsory visitor). 9ice will be Alaagba general for all masquerades worldwide and since he wants to have many wives, his wives will follow him around with canes. Aji sebi Oyo laari, Oyo osebi baba eni Kankan (laye atijo)

Flavour: Will Be Better As A Male Stripper
Hmmm. Hmmm. Hmmm. Flavour is one artiste who can never go hungry. If the worst happens, he will sell his assets. Yes, assets. Do you guys think asset disposal is the exclusive preserve of the Assets Management Company of Nigeria? Or those Allen Avenue kind of girls? Flavour, our own Nabania crooner can never go hungry. He’ll live comfortably well as a male stripper. In fact, we think he’s already practicing his moves, per adventure… Let someone please rig a pole in the middle of this office and let the show start. The babes are drooling already. Ara dara ada, adago Ife bara aba, abago Uwu nwaanyi, a na-mighari Ha egburu gba go, Ha egburu gba da. Baby baby fire dey go All the boys don kolo And they want some kporokotokpotomkpom She come dey piompiompiompiompiom…

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola: Will Be Better As A Magician
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola used to be one of the people we respect in politics. Yes, used to. Until he had the opportunity of practicing what he preaches then bungled it big time. See, it’s very easy to stay in the sidelines and criticize every move of government until you are given a chance and what you do is spend billions buying $30 worth of 3rd grade Chinese made tablets and call it opon Imo. Don’t also owe civil servants salaries only to use their money to buy food for their children at school. Let them decide how to spend their money. Aregbesola thinks governance is magic, he has seen that it’s not. In another life, he might come back as a magician to complete his assignment. Ogbeni, socialism and Marxism is dead everywhere in the world. Pele.

Chidinma: Nun
Chidinma! That sweet sixteen looking Project Fame winner is doing well in her music but once in a while one wonders if she’s really cut out for the craze in the industry. Dear Miss Kelekele, abeg consider the convent if you come back to the world. You are too sweet for the “I want to belong” struggles of your industry. And please run away from Phyno Fino!!!! Me sef no do kele kele love o…

Timi Dakolo: Will Be Better As A Reverend Father
Reverend Father Timi Dakolo, I beg you in the name of all that’s good. Don’t stop doing good music. Don’t be tempted to start all that pangolo things that guys mix in 20 minutes and turn into “hit singles”. You are a gentleman. If Nigerians fail to value your voice please become a reverend father. Or a Pastor. You will survive off tithe and offerings. Amen? Amen! In the ministry, there’s enough money to make you continue singing…Iyawo mi! Ololufe mi, olomi alayo mi, I will love you forever!

Don Jazzy: Will Be Better As A Mafia Don
Mehn! The turari and candle that they gave Michael from the church of Holy Michael of the Eternal Sacred Order of Kerubim and Seraphim (apologies to Fela) works wonders. Wonderful producer. DBanj’s ex-talisman. Mafiosi no 1. He was obviously a mafia don in his former life. John Gotti’s got nothing on you bro. I love as you ingrained yourself well enough into your productions that you became the most known producer in Nigeria. P Diddy’s got nothing on you too. You are the only authentic music mafia don in Nigeria. But bros, abeg help Teebillz o, hunger won’t be a nice thing for that bro. Everyone deserves a second chance. Ndo. It’s Don Jazzy again! Also, when will you forgive Bros DBanj abeg. His stash of cash is gradually being depleted o.

SOURCE: vibes.ng

Olamide, Falz, Phyno, Tiwa Savage lead nomination pack


Olamide, Falz, Phyno, and Tiwa Savage lead the pack in nominations for the 2016 City People Entertainment Awards.

The ‘Abule sowo’ crooner Olamide grabbed a whopping 7 nominations this year including Artist of the Year.

Falz and Phyno both nominated in the Artist of the Year (male) category, follow up with 4 nominations a piece. That category also includes Wizkid, Kiss Daniel and Davido.

Mavin first lady Tiwa Savage grabbed a total of 3 nominations including Artist of the Year (female). She is nominated alongside Yemi Alade, Seyi Shay and Simi.

Peep the full nomination list for music category.


Music Marketer of the Year

Obaino Music
Ahbu Ventures
Zonal Koncept Ent.
MYK Impression

Yoruba Music Marketer of the Year

Golden Point
Excel Music
Okiki Films and Music
Olasco Films and Music
Epsalum Productions

Artiste of the Year (Male)
Kiss Daniel

Artiste of the Year (Female)
Yemi Alade
Tiwa Savage
Seyi Shay

Record Label of the Year

Mavin Records

Rap Artiste of the Year


 Best Music Producer of the Year

 DJ Coublon
Young John

Best Music Video Director of the Year
Adasa Cookey
Unlimited LA
Clarence Peters
AJE Films

 Dancehall/Reggae Act of the Year

Burna Boy
Cynthia Morgan

 Popular Song of the Year
Ycee – Jagaban
Kiss Daniel – Laye
Reekado Banks – Oluwa Ni
HarrySong – Reggae Blues
Adekunle Gold – Pick Up
Phyno – Connect

Most Promising Act of the Year
Ola Dips
Mz Kiss
Toby Grey

Best Collabo of the Year

Patoranking/Wande Coal – My Woman, My Everything
Humblesmith/Davido – Osinachi Remix
Harrysong/Olamide/Iyanya/Orezi/KCee – Reggae Blues
Olamide/Davido – The Money
Falz/Simi – Soldier

Music Website of the Year

Nite Club of the Year
Spice Route
Sip The Place (Club Papas)
Rumours (Festac)

Best Juju Artiste In Diaspora
Mr. Solek
Sunny Melody
Jide Chord

Male Islamic Artiste of the Year
Saoty Arewa
Ere Asalatu
Saheed Gbemisoke
Amir Cile Olorire
Qamarudeen Odunlami Ayeloyun

Female Islamic Artiste of the Year
Aminat Omotayebi
Aminat Ajao Obirere
Rukayat Gawat
Kafayat Singer
Sofiat Iya Nkaola

Gospel Artiste of the Year
Nathaniel Bassey
Frank Edwards

Best Music Band of the Year
Shuga Band
Faith Band

Best Fuji Musician of the Year
Saheed Osupa
Malaika Obesere
Taye Currency

Station With Best Showbiz Content
Beat FM
City FM
Top Radio
Rhythm FM
Cool FM

Radio Station With Best Indigenous Showbiz Content
Wazobia FM
Naija FM
Faaji Radio
Lagos Bond FM

Music Channel of the Year
MTV Base

Local Station With Best Music Content
Galaxy TV

Online TV of the Year

On Air Personality of the Year (Male)
Prince Sensei

On Air Personality of the Year (Female)
Kemi Smallz
Lolo 1
Tosyn Bucknor
Ajuka Rosemary

VJ of the Year

DJ of the Year (Male)
DJ Neptune
DJ Consequence

DJ of the Year (Female)

Comedian of the Year
Still Ringing
Kenny Blaq
Craze Clown
Mark Angel
Funny Bone
D Don

Vlogger of the Year
Toke Makinwa
Yomi Black
Sisi Yemmie

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Small Doctor

RnB Artist of the Year
Banky W
Timi Dakolo

Pop Artist of the Year

Seyi Shay
Tiwa Savage
Korede Bello

Rap Album of the Year
Falz – Stories That Touch
ILLBliss – Powerful
Yung6ix – Billionaire Ambitions
Olamide – Eyan Mayweather

Album of the Year
Olamide – Eyan Mayweather
Tiwa Savage – R.E.D
Falz – Stories That Touch
Wande Coal – Wanted
Runtown – Ghetto University

Artist Manager of the Year
Kamal Ajiboye
Ubi Franklin
Efe Omorege

Best New Act
Frankie Free

Rookie of the Year

The Full List Of BET Award Winners 2016

The Full List Of BET Award Winners 2016

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles was the epicenter of Hip Hop and R&B Sunday night (June 25) as the stars of black entertainment assembled for the 2016 BET Awards.

“Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross returned to host the TV event at the Microsoft Theater, with a ceremony that opened with a surprise performance from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar.

Going into the awards, Drake led the nominations with nine, with Rihanna and Beyoncé tied for second place with five.

Drake won the prize for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, beating out last year’s winner Kendrick Lamar, as well as the other nominees Fetty Wap, Future, J. Cole and Kanye West. The Toronto rapper also took home the prize for Best Group for his What A Time To Be Alive mixtape with Future, and Best Collaboration with Rihanna, for their track “Work.”

The man behind that video, Toronto’s Director X, took home the honor of Video Director Of The Year.

Beyoncé was voted Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and her video for “Formation” won for Video Of The Year, the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award, and the Centric Award.

Nicki Minaj continued her dominance in the Female Hip Hop Artist category, taking home the trophy for the seventh straight year.

Two prizes were pre-announced for the show: a Lifetime Achievement Award that went to actor Samuel L. Jackson for his body of work in film, and a Humanitarian Award that went to “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams for his contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Have a look at the full list below.

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
*Drake – WINNER
Fetty Wap
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
*Nicki Minaj – WINNER
Dej Loaf
Lil Kim
Missy Elliott
Remy Ma

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
*Beyoncé – WINNER
Andra Day
K. Michelle

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
*Bryson Tiller – WINNER 
Chris Brown
The Weeknd

Best Group
*Drake & Future – WINNER

2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Puff Daddy & The Family
Rae Sremmurd
The Internet

Best New Artist
*Bryson Tiller – WINNER
Alessia Cara
Andra Day
Tory Lanez

Best Collaboration
*Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work” – WINNER
Future feat. Drake — “Where Ya At”
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – “Play No Games”
Big Sean feat. Kanye West & John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”

Video of the Year
*Beyoncé – “Formation” – WINNER
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”

Video Director of the Year
Director X – WINNER
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley & The Little Homies
Hype Williams

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
*Kirk Franklin – WINNER
Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
Erica Campbell
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs

Best Actress
*Taraji P. Henson – WINNER 

Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Best Actor
*Michael B. Jordan – WINNER

Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
Idris Elba 
O’shea Jackson Jr.

Youngstars Award
*Amandla Stenberg – WINNER
Quvenzhané Wallis
Willow Smith
Yara Shahidi

Best Movie
*Straight Outta Compton – WINNER
Beasts of No Nation

Sportswoman of the Year
*Serena Williams – WINNER
Cheyenne Woods
Gabrielle Douglas
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year
*Stephen Curry – WINNER

Cam Newton
Kobe Bryant
Lebron James
Odell Beckham Jr.

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
*Beyoncé – “Formation” – WINNER
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Chris Brown – “Back to Sleep”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Future feat. Drake – “Where Ya At”
Rihanna feat. Drake – “Work”

Centric Award
*Beyoncé – “Formation” – WINNER

Andra Day – “Rise Up”
K. Michelle – “Not a Little Bit”
Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
The Internet – “Under Control”

Best International Act Africa
UPDATE: There was some confusion over the winner of this award. The actual winner was Black Coffee, not Wizkid.
Black Coffee (South Africa) – WINNER
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Aka (South Africa)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mzvee (Ghana)
Serge Beynaud (Cote d’Ivoire)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act U.K.
*Skepta – WINNER
Krept & Konan
Lianne La Havas
Tinie Tempah