iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S: What is the Difference?

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Design and Size – Good and Bad News

The most noticeable design change between iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S is the removal of the headset jack.

Yes, Apple did the impossible ( but predictable), calling for “courage” in order to improve standards and advising users to switch to wireless headphones if the iPhone 7 is to be able to listen to music and charge it simultaneously.

This move will be polarizing, as there is no quick or wireless charging. Apple will include a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in its iPhone 7 box. However, this change could prove fatal to some users.

iPhone 7 with a Lighting to 3.5mm adaptor. This adaptor is included in the box. Image… [+]

Apple has not made any changes to the iPhone’s exterior design for the past three generations. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S (and iPhone 6) are virtually identical.

  • iPhone 7 – 138.1 x 67.1.x 7.1mm (5.44×2.64 x 0.28in) and 138g (4.87 oz).
  • iPhone 6S – 138.1 x 67.1.x 7.1mm (5.44×2.64 x 0.28in) and 143g (5.04 oz).

The iPhone 7’s durability has been improved. It retains the same Series 7000 aluminium as iPhone 6S, but it also includes IP67 dust and waterproofing, which means that the phone can withstand being submerged in water for as long as 30 minutes. It’s not a perfect feature, but it is a step up from other phones.

The iPhone 7 now has IP67 water resistance. Apple Image Credit:

A subtle change to the home button is that it now has a fixed touch sensitive surface and haptic feedback. App developers will be able to create custom haptic feedback patterns. This should decrease button failures, which is a common problem. Apple also removed the antenna bands on the iPhone 7’s back, giving it a cleaner appearance. They also integrated a speaker into the earpiece to provide loud external audio for users for the first-time.

Apple also expanded the range of colors available for the iPhone 7 with the addition of Rose Gold, Gold and Silver as well as Black (for 128GB or 256GB options), Jet Black and Space Gray.

All new colors for the iPhone 7 Apple Image Credit

Displays Minor Changes

Apple’s Retina Display, which was featured on the iPhone 4, in 2010 has changed the face of the smartphone industry. However, rivals have produced OLED displays at 1080p and 2K prices. Apple is sticking to its guns yet again:

  • iPhone 7 – 4.7 inch LED-backlit, IPS LCD with 1334×750 pixels (326ppi), 65.6% screen to body ratio
  • iPhone 6 – 4.7 inch LED-backlit, IPS LCD with 1334×750 pixels (326ppi), 65.6% screen to body ratio

The 750p and LED are getting old. However, Apple has increased the peak brightness of the iPhone 7 by 25% and introduced support for a wider (P3) color gamut and improved color management. Apple has declared the iPhone 7 a “cinema-standard” display. However, this will not match the OLEDs of the Galaxy S7 Edge, Note 7.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus display have been upgraded, but still trail behind their counterparts. Image… [+]

3D Touch support remains, even though it is not implemented in iOS 10. Users are left guessing which interface elements are enabled or disabled.

Performance – The Fastest

Some benchmarks still claim that the iPhone 6S 2015 is faster than the Android flagships of 2016, but Apple has given the iPhone 7 a significant speed boost.

  • iPhone 7 – Apple A10 Fusion Chipset: Quad Core CPU, Six Core GPU, 2GB RAM
  • iPhone 6S – Apple A9 chipset; CPU: Dual-core 1.84GHz Twister; GPU PowerVR GT7600; 2GB RAM

Apple has not yet provided details about the iPhone 7’s CPU and GPU models or clock speeds. However, it claims that the iPhone 7’s first quad-core processor offers 40% and 50% performance improvements over the iPhone 6S.

Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the fastest iPhones ever. Image… [+]

Although the iPhone 6S is still lightning fast, it offers a lot of future proofing. While some power users may be disappointed at the absence of a RAM upgrade for iOS, it doesn’t seem like iOS requires more right now.

The iPhone 7 provides a 50% increase in 4G speeds, with a 300 Mbit modem swapped out for a unit of 450 Mbit. It remains to be seen how often this is actually tested in real life. Apple has not claimed to have improved Touch ID this year, but it isn’t necessary.

Cameras- The Samsung Fightback Begins

Samsung has been the smartphone photographer king for the past two years. But the new iPhone 7 brings some welcome changes to the table after the iPhone 6S plateaued.

  • iPhone 7 – Rear: 12 megapixel sensor, f/1.8 aperture, Focus Pixels, Optical Image Stabilization, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, 4K video recording. Front: 7MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 1080p recording
  • iPhone 6S – Rear: 12 megapixel sensor, f2.2 aperture, Focus Pixels, Software Image Stabilization, dual-LED flash, 4K video recording. Front: 5MP Front Camera with f2.2 aperture, 720p video record

The iPhone 7 (left), uses a 6-element lens that has a greater aperture than the … [+].

You should look out for the f/1.8 aperture with optical image stabilization, a significantly larger f/1.8 aperture and four LED flashes with warm and cool tones. All of these will improve the iPhone’s worst photographic weakness, low light photography.

Apple also added a 6-element lens to the iPhone 7, an upgraded image signal processor, and support for wide-color capture, which will improve color accuracy. The front-facing camera is now 7MP, with a f/2.2 aperture, but it produces 1080p video and more detail.

 

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