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.
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:
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
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.
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