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iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus : How are the 2016 iPhones different from each other?

16 September 2016 0

Apple launched the latest iPhones for the year 2016. The two smartphones iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus made so much buzz across the internet but Apple didn’t bring anything jaw dropping; however, the larger sibling 7 Plus indeed has an overhauled camera but we didn’t expect such minor changes from the company especially when there are so many manufacturers out there launching the smartphones with the same approach. Apple is known as the trendsetter but the company seems to be a follower here. We have already provided you the differences between iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s and even the showdown between their larger siblings iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 6s Plus. But, for a newbie or who has just stepped into the world of technology, it’s necessary to jot down some differences between iPhone and iPhone 7 Plus.

As the name implies, the two has different display sizes but their soul is same. Fitted with the same processor, they both differ in RAM size (needs confirmation). Apart from this, the major difference is indeed the dual camera setup at the rear which is adorning the beauty of the large sibling. The design is even not so captivating that would make you feel astonished or give you goosebumps. Definitely not! If you’re a techie or you think many times before spending your hard earned money then you should rather wait for the iPhone 2017 and not fall for the wrong prey. But, must read the difference between iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and see how the two are different from each other.

Difference between iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus -

Size, Display, and Design –

iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch display with Retina HD LED-backlit widescreen with a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels (326ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio whereas iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch display with the resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (401ppi), 67.7% screen-to-body ratio and the same Retina HD LED backlit. The dimensions of iPhone 7 are 138.3x67.1x7.1m and iPhone 7 Plus measures 158.2x77.9x7.3mm. iPhone 7 is lighter than the iPhone 7 Plus as the former weighs only 138g compared to the latter that weighs 188g.

67.1 x 138.3 x 7.1 mm
4.7 inches - 1334x750 px
77.9 x 158.2 x 7.3 mm
5.5 inches - 1920x1080 px
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Apart from display size and measurements both the iPhones have an identical design, similar additional setups or replacements. So, let’s have a look at what they have in common.

As we said earlier, Apple hasn’t made any drastic changes to the latest iPhones that could prove themselves as a game changer. Several market watchers say that Apple would bring a new design of iPhone with no Home button in the upcoming model of the iPhone and hence, for the same reason the company didn’t add any surprising edits in the recently launched models iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Nevertheless, the company did make an edit so that it could proudly say the design of the current iPhones is different from the previous models. Both the models are missing headphone jack. They are rather fitted with just a single Lightning port. Users will find difficulty here, as they will not be able to listen to music with wired headphones and charge their iPhones at the same time.


The second notable asset here is the IP67 rating which makes both of them the most durable iPhones Apple has ever made. In fact, the addition of the waterproofing characteristic proves why Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack. Secondly, iFixit, who does so many teardowns of smartphones revealed after tearing apart the innards of the iPhone 7 Plus that it is the Taptic Engine that takes up the majority of space and hence there is no room for the classic 3.5mm headphone jack. Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can be submerged in water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.


Well, if you’re thinking that this is something new then we tell you that you’re indeed right but the phones are coming from Apple and we look for something extraordinary. Aren’t we? Dust and water resistance capabilities are done to death (especially, we open this context for Apple). And, seeing Apple using it now is a bit dejected. Well, we can bear with it; after all, we can give Apple a chance and wait for the next iPhone. Note here that both the new iPhones retain the rigid Series 7000 Aluminum introduced last year with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.


There is one more replacement apart from the lightning jack. The physical home button on both models has been replaced with a touch sensitive surface which provides haptic feedback to mimic the feeling of a click. Interestingly, according to Apple, app developers can also tweak this haptic feedback for custom vibrations. The antenna bands have also moved from the back of the phone and now appear at the top and bottom edges.Lastly, the dual speakers on both the iPhones add better external audio. Before going further, one must see the durability of the iPhone 7; how iPhone 7 stands against the scratches and brutal bend.

Processor – Both the smartphones have minimal differences and that too if we take the camera and display into account. They both are powered by the same processors and hence, have the same soul and thus offers almost the same operability. But, let’s take a quick round of the processor they both have. For the first time, Apple has used quad core processors and inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple calls it A10 fusion chipset.


The term fusion is used for the amalgamation of two high power cores and two high-efficiency cores. This fusion works efficiently, for instance, those tasks that require low computing power go to high-efficiency cores and heavy duty tasks to the high power cores (low energy chips). The setup makes sense as the faster chips generally take more power whereas low energy chips draw less power but at a cost of processing speed.


Apple claims that this processor delivers 40% faster CPU performance and up to 50% faster graphics performance than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. iPhone 7 has a 2GB RAM but for iPhone 7 Plus, some reports convey that it has a 3GB RAM, however, we need to confirm this.

In addition to this, Apple has also upgraded the 4G modem to support speeds of up to 450Mbit. Reportedly, the chip orders for the iPhone 7 family have also increased and even surpassed the previous expectations.

Cameras –

Now here comes the main differentiator that truly differentiates the two from one another. iPhone 7 has a 12MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, dual tone flash. The camera can do 4K video recording. It has a 7MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and can record 1080p recording.

iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, bears a dual 12MP camera setup with aperture f/1.8mm and f/2.8mm and sizes 28mm and 56mm. They are capable of doing the 4K recording as iPhone 7’s camera. There is the same 7MP front-facing camera that can record videos in 1080p. The aperture of the rear camera of both the devices are large, hence, they are best to let in more light which in turn makes them better for taking the low light snaps.


Apple is making headlines just because of the dual camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus. The first camera sensor at the back of iPhone 7 is similar to the iPhone 7 but the second is a telephoto lens enabling 2x optical zoom and offers greater depth of field and Apple says this is best for taking portrait shots. According to some critics or users, the second camera sensor on the rear side of the iPhone 7 Plus is smaller than the first one. Smaller camera sensor raises more noise in the photos which isn’t the good sign. However, we are looking forward to hearing from Apple itself. Till then, you can watch some of the official camera samples taken with iPhone 7 Plus.

Adoption of dual cameras at the back is new from Apple but it’s not a new concept as LG G5 and Galaxy S7 have this already.

Battery life –

Apple hasn’t disclosed the exact battery capacity of the two iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus. But, the company has listed the battery life of the two devices. It’s clear from the mentioning that iPhone 7 Plus offers 1-hour more battery life compared to the iPhone 7. But, a recent teardown confirms that Apple iPhone 7 Plus has a 2675mAH. The battery that came out after tearing apart the innards of iPhone 7 Plus shows some specifications and from this, we estimated that iPhone 7 Plus has 2675mAH battery.

Software / iOS 10 -

No need to mention both the devices run on the latest iOS 10. They both come with the latest features, for instance, Siri can announce who’s calling when you’re wearing headphones or connected to Bluetooth, clearing all notifications at once with 3D Touch, opening side-by-side tabs in Safari, prioritizing specific downloads with 3D Touch, and more.

Storage and Price -

Both the iPhones come in same storage variants, however, the prices differ according to the storage versions. Here’s a quick look at the storage variants and their corresponding prices - iPhone 7 comes in 32GB ($649), 128GB ($749), 256GB ($849). iPhone 7 Plus – 32GB ($769), 128GB ($869), 256GB ($969).

Demand -


The pre-orders data convey that the demands of iPhone 7 Plus are higher than the iPhone 7 model. The reason could be anything between the display size and the first-ever dual cameras on iPhone. Furthermore, the Black color was picked by 46% buyers followed by the Jet Black color at 23%.

Conclusion -

Both the iPhones differ in terms of display size, camera aspects, battery capacities, RAM sizes (needs to be confirmed). They have a lot in common; the fusion A10 processor is the best one to exemplify here. It just depends on one's own preferences. Some still like the 4.7-inch phones, however, the majority of people now use large-sized phones. And, this is the reason that why Apple now brings large-sized iPhones.

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