Apple Inc. launched the new iPhone 7 models along with new Apple Watch early this month in San Francisco. The iPhone 7 appears to be a good luck charm as the company’s stock has been enjoying bullish tailwinds after the phone was revealed. The new iPhone features waterproofing, a dual-lens camera and wireless headphones. The iPhone 7 has a couple of audio problems, which are being fixed by the company. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few iPhone 7 surprises.
1. iPhone 7 Plus is Fastest iOS Device
A report from Forbes suggests that the iPhone 7 Plus has a significant performance advantage over the iPhone 7. The report said that Apple’s executives, throughout the iPhone event, referred to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus as a pair. They said that both devices share the same design, software, camera and performance, but the ‘performance’ claim isn’t true.
Tests conducted by trusted smartphone benchmarking software Geekbench showed that the iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB of RAM, which is 50% more than the iPhone 7. This improves performance of the larger handset.
The Geekbench scores show that the iPhone 7 Plus is the fastest iOS device Apple has ever made. The smartphone even beats the iPad Pro 12.9-inch, which has 4GB RAM.
The report, however, noted that the performance gap between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus “may not turn out to be as big as it might appear.”
“The reason for this is the iPhone 7 Plus has a much higher resolution display (1080p) than the iPhone 7 (750p) so it has to drive almost twice the number of pixels. The iPhone 7 Plus will also require more power to process its dual camera photos than the single rear camera on the iPhone 7, so performance there won’t be drastically faster either,” the article reads.
2. iPhone 7 Teardown Showed Why Apple Removed Headphone Jack
At first glance, it seems that Apple Inc. killed the 3.5mm audio jack on the newest iPhone to boost sales of the wireless headphones. But the iPhone 7 teardown by device repair site iFixit revealed that the headphone jack removal was part of the company’s efforts to make the iPhone water resistant.
9to5Mac reported that iFixit found that the Taptic Engine “is taking up the majority of the space where the connectivity was housed, but interestingly there’s a simple plastic bumper where the actual cutout used to be. This suggests that, while the Taptic Engine was part of the reason for Apple to remove the headphone jack, the ability to make the iPhone water resistant was likely equally important.”
iFixit also found that the iPhone 7 Plus come with a slightly larger battery than its predecessor. The iPhone 6 Plus featured a 2750mAh battery versus a 2915mAh battery in the iPhone 7 Plus.
3. Intel Inside
The Intel and iPhone 7 rumors have been circulating around for a while by ChipWorks’s teardown of the iPhone 7 revealed that some of models feature several Intel parts. The iPhone 7 has an Intel modem, two Intel transceivers, and Intel power management ICs.
“The new Intel modems were previously speculated to be the reason for T-Mobile and AT&T models not supporting CDMA networks this year, while Verizon and Sprint models support both GSM and CDMA networks,” according to the 9to5Mac report.