The iPhone 7 Plus is just hitting the stores and iFixit have wasted no time tearing it down. iFixit has published a work-in-progress iPhone 7 Plus teardown that provides a closer look at the smartphone’s internal components, including the battery, display, cameras, logic board, and Taptic Engine for the new pressure-sensitive Home button.
Let’s get to the juicy details first, as iFixit hasn’t yet published its verdict about the repairability of the iPhone 7 Plus. The teardown reveals the iPhone 7 Plus sports 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and the unit torn down by iFixit sports a RAM module made by Samsung. Also onboard is the Qualcomm MDM9645M LTE. Cat 12 modem.
Furthermore, only the right speaker grille at the bottom of the phone actually has a speaker behind it. The one on the left is only for balancing the design, but akin to the iPhone 6s Plus has a secondary.
As for the battery, iFixit found the iPhone 7 Plus to come packing a 2900mAh battery, which is larger than the 2750mAh battery on the iPhone 6s Plus, but negligibly smaller than the 2915mAh offering on the iPhone 6 Plus. iFixit also notes that the 128GB NAND Flash chip included in their unit was made by Toshiba.
The space previously occupied by the 3.5mm headphone jack on older iPhone models now houses the Taptic Engine and a plastic bumper internally covering the cosmetic speaker holes to the left of the Lightning connector. The small plastic piece is likely another waterproofing measure by Apple.
Other major design changes noted include the presence of rubber gasket for the Lightning connector and the SIM tray, which also sports a plastic eject plug. These changes were of course made keeping in mind the IP67 rated dust and water resistance of the smartphone.