Inside iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 has a faster processor, a better camera, more storage space and a fantastic display. However, its lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack has people wondering what has replaced its space internally. In this article we look at what's inside (or isn't) within the iPhone 7.

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Inside iPhone 7: Design

The iPhone 7 was announced on 7 September and was made available on 16 September 2016.

The new phone's design is very similar to the iPhone 6s, but two changes are evident from the exterior. The biggest change is the removal of the headphone jack and the other is the phone's antenna bands blend with the design of the phone.

The iPhone 7 shares the same dimensions as the iPhone 6s: 67.1×138.3×7.1mm. There is a very slight difference in weight, with the iPhone 7 at 138 grams versus the iPhone 6s at 143 grams. Also see: iPhone 7 review.

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The iPhone 7 was announced on 7 September and was made available on 16 September 2016.

The new phone's design is very similar to the iPhone 6s, but two changes are evident from the exterior. The biggest change is the removal of the headphone jack and the other is the phone's antenna bands blend with the design of the phone.

The iPhone 7 shares the same dimensions as the iPhone 6s: 67.1×138.3×7.1mm. There is a very slight difference in weight, with the iPhone 7 at 138 grams versus the iPhone 6s at 143 grams. Also see: iPhone 7 review.

 

Inside iPhone 7: Water resistance

The iPhone 7 comes with an IP67 rating making it splash, dust and water resistant. It also can be submerged for 30 minutes at a depth of one meter, meaning a drop in the sink or bathtub will no longer fry your phone.

However, this isn't to mean you can take the iPhone for a swim as it isn't waterproof.

Through iFixit's teardown we can see that the phone is more water friendly than its predecessors. There is adhesive throughout the phone, protecting it from water damage and even gaskets throughout the ports and buttons found on the iPhone 7.

This does make reparability harder, but it's still possible to change key components, such as the battery. It should be noted that if you intend to repair and open your iPhone 7 (after your warranty has expired), that its water resistance seal will be broken. It will therefore be a trade-off between opening your phone versus losing its water resistant features. Also see: iPhone 7 Plus review.

 

Inside iPhone 7: Headphone jack

With the removal of the headphone jack, you might be wondering what Apple has done with the extra space within the iPhone 7. 

From iFixit's teardown, we can see that Apple have "added ingress protection" to provide better water resistance. There is also a bigger Taptic Engine built into the iPhone 7.

Its added size and length allows it to provide a better feedback for the touch-sensitive home button. Also see: iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6sImage credits to iFixit.

 

Inside iPhone 7: Battery

Battery life is always of concern to users, where phones are becoming increasingly powerful but require to be plugged in the whole day.

Thankfully Apple has addressed the issue, by adding a bigger lithium-ion battery in the iPhone 7. The battery is rated at 3.8V with a 1960mAh capacity, outputting 7.45Wh. In comparison to last year's model, the iPhone 6s has a 1715mAh battery rated at 3.8V with a 6.55Wh capacity.

This is a sizeable difference over last year's model - although despite its bigger battery there's been a mixed feeling about its battery performance - some suggesting it has a very poor battery life, while others praise it. Also see: iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus.

 

Inside iPhone 7: Camera

The new iPhone 7 camera boasts a new 12Mp camera with a f/1.8 aperture. It also has optical image stabilisation and five times digital zoom.

You will also find a quad-LED True Tone flash and a sapphire lens cover. The camera is capable of 4K video recordings at 30fps, 1080p HD at 60/30fps and slow-mo videos at 1080p (120fps) and 720p (240fps).

According to iFixit, the iPhone 7 camera resembles one of two cameras found within the iPhone 7 Plus. It still has the same mini-mountain bump at the back of the phone. Also see: iPhone 7 dealsImage credits to iFixit.

 

Inside iPhone 7: Home button & internals

The new home button is just like Marmite - you either hate it or love it. Due to no longer being a physical button, the button has lost its mechanical feel to it. The Taptic Engine has increased in size and can now be felt a lot more - with the home button reacting in different ways.

The iPhone 7 houses the Apple A10 Fusion chipset that is a quad-core processor and a six-core GPU. Interestingly enough there is 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM in there.

We also were intrigued to see the use of Apple/Cirrus Logic for its audio output - suggesting there has been no change audio wise, despite the absence of a 3.5mm audio jack. Also see: iPhone buying guide 2016Image credits to iFixit.

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