No earpiece for Apple’s new iPhone

The Apple iPhone7 and AirPods are displayed during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 7, 2016. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach - RTX2OKAR

Apple’s newest iPhone will be water resistant and come without a headphone socket, the firm has confirmed.

The tech giant unveiled the iPhone 7 and its 10 major new features in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Battery life has been improved and storage capacity has been upgraded to start at 32GB, and users who want more can choose between 128GB and 256GB.

The removal of the headphone jack will perhaps be the biggest change for consumers.

New devices will come with earphones that connect to the iPhone’s Lightning connection, currently used for charging and data transfer.

Adaptors will also be included to give traditional users the opportunity to connect with existing headphones.