iPhone 7 Plus teardown: iFixit reveals what has replaced the headphone jack

Apple iPhone 7 Plus' lightning connector continues to be guarded by two pentalobe screws but gets bigger battery and taptic engine

By: Tech Desk | Updated: September 17, 2016 10:49 am
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With every new iPhone launch, there comes along the iFixit’s now infamous teardown. Like every year, Apple leaves certain aspects of iPhone specifications a secret or to be specific for iFixit to reveal them. So get guarded with screwdrivers to get into the nitty gritty of iPhone 7 Plus’ chassy.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus’ teardown option is similar to iPhone 6s Plus, notes iFixit. The lightning connector of iPhone 7 Plus continues to be guarded by two pentalobe screws, which can only be accessed using an iSclack tool. The pentalobe screw has turned so famous that many Android OEMs have started using it as protective shield for their smartphone. The biggest change comes in the form of rear of the device opening to the side. iFixit claims this could be related to the new water resistance.

The iFixit teardown also reveals that iPhone 7 Plus’ lacks headphone jack in order to accomodate the new taptic engine and an even bigger battery. Apple iPhone 7 Plus packs a new 2,900mAh battery rated at 3.82V and 11.1Wh of energy. iFixit notes the new battery is still a stepdown from the 11.1Wh, 2,915mAh battery found under the hood of iPhone 6 Plus.

The highlight with iPhone 7 Plus is the new dual rear camera setup. iFixit reveals the dual camera setup offers two separate sensors, two lenses and two little connectors. The camera modules comprise of two 12MP cameras – one wide-angle (28mm equivalent) with OIS and another telephoto without OIS. iFixit observes the new telephoto lens is primarily for optical zoom.

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The iFixit teardown also reveals use of new image sensors with iPhone 7 Plus. Apple claims the new image sensors are 60 per cent faster and 30 per cent more energy efficient than previous iPhones. iFixit says the upgraded cameras alone make for the bigger exterior bump. It says the camera bump built into the chassis makes for better waterproofing and dust protection.

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus is also the most powerful smartphone in the market. The iPhone 7 Plus teardown reveals the new A10 Fusion processor coupled with M10 co-processor. There is 3GB Samsung LPDDR4 RAM and LTE Cat. 12 Modem from Qualcomm. The iFixit teardown unit features a 128GB flash storage from Toshiba and it would be easy to assume that other 32GB and 256GB flash storage would be from Toshiba as well. There is also an updated NXP 67V04 NFC Controller primarily for Apple Pay contactless payment.

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Otherwise, Apple iPhone 7 Plus features its trademark pentalobe and tri-point screws. There is also extensive use of adhesives to keep things in place and most importantly it is not easy for an amateur to teardown an iPhone.