Crowds line up to own the first Apple iPhone 7

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Crowds lined up Friday to own the first Apple iPhone 7. (Bob Monek)

The big day is here: Apple is releasing the new iPhone 7 to the world, and crowds lined up early to be the first to own one.

Even though anyone could have the iPhone delivered, that did not stop dozens of people from standing in line for hours overnight waiting for their local Apple store to open. Several dozen people were standing in line as the doors opened outside the Apple store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

So do you really need to upgrade to the iPhone 7?

If you're a proud owner of the iPhone 6S or its plus-sized cousin, you probably don't need to rush out for the 7. But the 7 includes enough cumulative iPhone improvements from the past two years to tempt anyone still clinging to an older model.

For instance, the iPhone 7 is seriously water resistant; putting it under a faucet for a few minutes merely muffled the speakers and made the touch screen stop working until I dried it off. We put it to the test:
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Check out our water-resistance test of the new iPhone 7.

It's got louder speakers, a brighter screen and, in the larger 7 Plus, a second camera lens - a low-powered but useful zoom. Add to that a sharper 12 megapixel camera introduced with the 6S.

All iPhone 7 models come with twice the storage as the comparable 6S, at mostly the same price. That's "mostly" because the $769 starting price for the larger iPhone 7 Plus is $20 more than comparable past models. The regular iPhone 7 stays at $649. Both entry-level phones now have 32 gigabytes rather than 16.

Some information from The Associated Press

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