iFixit iPhone 7 Plus Teardown Shows Off Larger Battery, Taptic Engine [u]


The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has already launched in other parts of the world such as Australia, Japan and Singapore, to name a few. Every new Apple device launch means an instant teardown by iFixit, and the iPhone 7 Plus is the first victim (this teardown is a lot cleaner than the previous video we saw in Vietnam).

The team started their iPhone 7 Plus teardown this evening, and is still ongoing as of writing. But what has been revealed so far is an iPhone that uses a lot of adhesive, suspected to assist in waterproofing, plus a larger 2900 mAh battery rated at 3.82 V and 11.1 Wh of energy (versus 2750 mAh on the 6s Plus; 3.8 V, 10.45 Wh). The 7 Plus battery is still slightly smaller than that of the 6 Plus battery, which has a 2915 mAh cell.

The teardown confirms an earlier leak this week which stated the 7 Plus would feature a 2900 mAh battery.

Iphone 7 battery

Apple says the iPhone 7 Plus offers an extra hour of battery life over its predecessor.

With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Home button now powered by haptic feedback, we get our clearest look at the Taptic Engine, installed just above the now missing 3.5mm headphone jack. Check it out below:

Taptic engine iphone 7

Update (clarified): For those wondering, the sensor of the wide angle camera of the iPhone 7 Plus is the same as that on the iPhone 7, as confirmed by Apple to John Gruber over at Daring Fireball earlier this week:

There is a rumor, rampant on Twitter, that the wide angle camera sensor on the 7 Plus is smaller than that of the 7. I checked with Apple and they were adamant that there is no truth to this. Optically, the wide angle camera on the Plus is identical to that of the 7. The only differences between the cameras are their internal connectors. The sensors and lenses are the same

Iphone 7 plus camera sensors

Since the iPhone 7’s new Home button is no longer clickable and powered by the Taptic Engine instead, many wondered if it was removable. iFixit has confirmed it is indeed removable and replaceable:


iFixit also confirmed 3GB of RAM in the iPhone 7 Plus, but we already knew that.

The complete teardown is below and overall the iPhone 7 Plus received a repairability score of 7 out of 10 (10 being the easiest to repair). iFixit says there are new tri-point screws, so to dismantle the new iPhone, you’ll need at least four different screwdrivers. There are lots of adhesive keeping the phone together for waterproofing, while various gaskets and seals also help.

Click here to visit iFixit and see their complete iPhone 7 Plus teardown.


Update: iFixit has also completed their iPhone 7 teardown, which doesn’t reveal many surprises versus the iPhone 7 Plus, earning the same repairability score of 7/10.


But Chipworks, in their teardown showed off a new Intel modem chip inside the iPhone 7–check it out here.

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  • LadeeDa

    I don’t get it. Why waste bandwidth and people’s time for an incomplete tear down? Don’t do this ever again, you’re reaching new lows Gary.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    The line “the iPhone 7 Plus and its dual cameras and sensors, which are the exact same” doesn’t make sense since they are SUPPOSED to be different – one is optically 1X and the other is optically 2X so the lenses must be different.

    Then you quote something unrelated to support your statement comparing one of the cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus with the camera on the iPhone 7.

    So to clear things up, the facts are that the main camera in the 7 Plus is the same as the one on the 7. But the interesting thing is that the second camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is crappier since it has a smaller sensor, lets in less light and isn’t even optically stabilized.

  • Jamie

    You’re not wasting my bandwidth Gary, and I always find your quotes related.

  • hussein

    He is reporting news related to iPhone if iFixit hasnt completed their iphone 7 teardown, there is nothing he can do about it. Good job Gary, we need to get info as soon as u get it and update the blog when more info come available

  • <3

  • El Cockblock

    You think it’s a waste of time? Go to the iFixit website directly and stop complaining like a kid.

    Gary runs an ENTIRE website for us. Show some respect.

  • Updated, definitely mixed that part up (late night; well, 10:47pm is late when you have a toddler, haha). Thanks

  • You’re right, I should have flew to Australia to tell the iFixit guys to hurry up with their teardown that was happening in real-time. Geez, what was I thinking?

  • Richard Neufeld

    Waste Bandwidth. You clearly don’t understand what news means.

  • Ashley Mann

    Gary your coverage is awesome as always. Keep up the great work. I’m not being funny or sarcastic. I really enjoy and appreciate all the hard work and passion you put into iphoneincanada.

  • LadeeDa’s mamma

    Awww, wahh wahh ladeeda is being a little b!tch again. Nice troll job, you must be so much fun at parties. Still recovering from when your mom dropped you as a baby. the world doesn’t revolve around you, bud.

  • Richard Neufeld

    lol not meeting expectations eh Gary?

  • I’m currently on my way, and there are so many damn snakes on this plane!

  • Boreparker

    New lows? He’s briniging us news based on what most visitors want to read. You’re attitude is a new low. Chill a bit

  • Janker

    LadeeDa: don’t ever post again.

  • Hondanazi

    Who’s waiting bandwidth now…..?! What a little bitch….