The folks at venerable repair website iFixit have a bit of a squalid tradition: gleefully prying apart expensive new Apple gadgets to discover just what lurks inside. Luckily for those who’d rather not engage in that sort of silicon sadism, the firm typically publishes its findings for the world to review, and this twelvemonth is no different: on Thursday, iFixit documented an exhaustive teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2.
First upward was the iPhone 7 Plus, and iFixit’due south surface findings confirmed much of which had earlier been revealed. The iPhone vii’s pricier, larger sibling features Apple’s A10 Fusion processor, a 5.5-inch 1080p (ane,920 x 1,080-pixel) Retina Hard disk display, and a capacitive home button with a Touch on ID fingerprint sensor. A deeper dive peeled back the cover on the phone’s innards: an storage module in flavors of 32GB, 64GB, or 256GB, depending on the configuration, plus cameras out the wazoo. On the forepart’s a 7 MP FaceTime HD camera with f/2.2 aperture, and on the back’s a dual-sensor module with 12 MP wide-bending and telephoto cameras with f/1.8 and f/2.viii apertures.
It’s a relatively easy phone to tear apart, iFixit reports, thanks in large part to Apple tree’due south liberal use of the Pentalobe screws found in last yr’s models. But the iPhone vii Plus, unlike last year’s model, bears the hallmark signs of waterproofing. It opens to the side when the display’s removed as opposed to from the top as on older models, contains a pasty strip around the interior housing that’s far stronger than the ane in older iPhones, and both the plastic SIM plug and SIM tray pack water-resistant condom plugs and coating.
Furthermore, the Lightning connector features a protective gasket as opposed to the foam found on models in years past, and it’s chock full of what iFixit describes as h2o-resistant “gooey adhesives.”
Those aren’t the simply surprises. Concealed beneath the iPhone 7 Plus’s silicon shielding is 3GB of RAM, iFixit reported. And in identify of a 3.5mm headphone jack is a h2o-resistant rubber bumper and Apple’s new, larger Taptic Engine, the successor to the haptic vibration motor that debuted on the iPhone 6s Plus.
In a higher place that engine is a bombardment that is a fleck of a mixed bag. Co-ordinate to iFixit, it’due south got a two,900mAh capacity, making information technology slightly larger than the iPhone 6S Plus’s cell (two,750mAh) but a footstep down from that of the 6 Plus (2,750mAh). (Apple claims that, thank you to improvements in software efficiency, the 7 Plus’due south battery should terminal up to ane hr
than the 6s Plus.)
The iPhone 7 Plus’s other headliner is its rear-facing camera. The handset’s module comprises two 12 MP cameras, 1 wide-angle and one telephoto, just according to iFixit they are otherwise nearly indistinguishable from one another. Both sport optical paradigm stabilizers. Both comprise custom lenses. And both characteristic an image processor that Apple tree says is 60 percent faster and 30 pct more energy efficient than the cameras in previous iPhones.
The iFixit team didn’t stop with the iPhone 7 Plus. They besides tore down Apple’s new smartwatch: the Apple tree Watch Series two. And unsurprisingly, the hardware aligned with what Apple appear publicly in the days preceding.
The Series two packs an OLED Retina brandish with Force Affect; comes in two sizes, 38 mm (272 x 340 pixels) and 42 mm (312 x 390 pixels); sports Apple’due south new S2 chip; features a 273mAh bombardment that delivers a 32 percent increase in power over the previous generation; and contains a bevy of activity-tracking sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, centre rate sensor, microphone, speaker, and ambience light sensor.
Nether the hood is a different story. The agglutinative holding together the Series ii’s torso is “much stronger” than the material of final twelvemonth’southward model, iFixit reports — likely a production of Apple tree’s waterproofing efforts (the Serial 2 is rated for condom use in h2o upwards to 50 meters deep). There’southward essentially more than glue on the Series 2’south battery than last year’s model, and there are many of the same waterproof gasket and rubber components plant in the iPhone 7 Plus. There’s a “noticeably larger” Taptic Engine, plus a speaker equipped to mechanically pump excess h2o from its housing. And on the dorsum of the S2 processor is a second microphone.
If there’south a large, overarching takeaway from iFixit’s latest teardowns, it’s that the iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series two announced much more h2o resistant than iPhone and Watch models in years past. Only there aren’t any other major surprises. Those, it seems, will take to wait until next year: Apple’s next iPhone is rumored to eschew a abode button, pack a curved AMOLED screen, and support wireless charging.
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