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The Ins and Outs of the iPhone 7 Plus 

It’s time to look at the iPhone 7 Plus. With the most recent phones going into the four-digit numbers in terms of price – yes, dead serious – many people are considering taking a blast to the past and opting to get an “older” iPhone instead of the newest. And we don’t blame you! As you’re about the see, the iPhone 7 Plus has a lot to offer – and even more to b

Fun Fact: The iPhone 7 Plus is often noted for having one of the greatest surface areas and highest number of cameras (prior to the X).


Crash Course on the iPhone 7 Plus

In this guide, you’ll be opening up your iPhone 7 Plus to take a glimpse inside the Apple world of technology. Here is a quick glance at some of the things you’ll be able to dissect:

  • 5.5-inch multitouch IPS Retina HD display with 1920 × 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
  • Dual 12 MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras with f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures (respectively), 2x optical zoom, and 10x digital zoom
  • 7 MP FaceTime HD camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1080p HD recording capability
  • Solid-state Home button with Touch ID, driven by new Taptic Engine
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi + MIMO Bluetooth 4.2 + NFC
  • Apple A10 Fusion processor with embedded M10 motion coprocessor
  • 32, 128, and 256 GB onboard storage capacity (jet black model not available in 32 GB)


Fun Fact: The dimensions of the iPhone 7 Plus are same as the prior versions. Although, it’s slightly lighter and of course, is stamped with a new model number.


Key Features on the iPhone 7 Plus

There are many key iPhone 7 features to get excited about! Apple has updated their statement style with a subtler appearance that eliminates the not-so-visually appealing antenna lines. The phone also comes in matte black and jet black, along with rose gold, silver and gold. However, the best part is that the headphone jack adapter (since no one was a fan of their wireless ones) now comes right in the box.

In addition to those changes, there are some awesome things you should be excited about, such as:

  • No headphone jack for more space for the Taptic Engine
  • A new speaker grille
  • A third eye camera
  • Incredibly water resistance
  • Front-facing camera
  • Microphone
  • Stereo-enabling speaker
  • Proximity sensor and ambient light sensor


Tools Needed for the iPhone 7 Plus

  • P2 Pentalobe Screwdriver
  • Phillips #000 Screwdriver
  • Y000 tri-point Screwdriver
  • Opening Picks
  • iSclack
  • Spudger


Instructions to Take Apart and Analyze the iPhone 7 Plus


Step One: Crack it Open

  1. Pry open with the iSclack tool until the phone can be lifted apart – the adhesive is much stronger than what the previous devices had
  2. Open the iPhone 7 Plus like a book and check out the clips at the top that assist with aligning the display
  3. Take note of the longer cables – making repairs easier

 Fun Fact: The new home button isn't a button at all, and it vibrates!

Step Two: Check it Out

  1. Start unscrewing the abundance of tri-point screws used to secure the features of the iPhone 7 plus
  2. Check out the headphone jack – aesthetically designed molded plastic (remember, the iPhone 7 doesn’t have a regular headphones)
  3. See the barometric vent? It’s used to create a watertight seal
  4. The Taptic engine replaces the mechanical buttons and instead, implements this sleek engine that activates with the push of a button, sans a real button

Fun Fact: The Macbook 2015 has a similar Taptic Engine for the touchpad.


Step Three: Get To The Bottom Of It

  1. Pull of those classic Apple pull tabs located near the battery to break up the adhesive
    1. The battery specs:82 V and 2900 mAh, for a total of 11. (A small but nice upgrade from the iPhone 6 Plus)

Fun Fact: The battery in the iPhone 7 Plus is said to provide 21 hours of talk time, 15 hours of WiFi and last up to 16 days on standby.

  1. Check out the two separate sensors, lenses and connectors surrounding the camera
    • Two 12 MP cameras— one even has a wide-angle with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
    • The new image sensor claims to be 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient
  2. Remove the antenna assembly and cable and check out the Wifi antenna
  3. Pull out the logic board and check out some of these specs:
    • Skyworks 78100-20
    • Avago AFEM-8065 Power Amplifier Module
    • Avago AFEM-8055 Power Amplifier Module
    • Universal Scientific Industrial O1 X4
    • Bosch Sensortec BMP280Barometric Pressure Sensor
    • Skyworks 78100-20
    • Avago AFEM-8065 Power Amplifier Module
    • Avago AFEM-8055 Power Amplifier Module
    • Universal Scientific Industrial O1 X4
    • Bosch Sensortec BMP280Barometric Pressure Sensor
  4. Flip it over and check out:
    • Dialog 338S00225 Power Management IC
    • Qualcomm PMD9645 Power Management IC
    • Qualcomm WTR4905Multimode LTE Transceiver
    • Qualcomm WTR3925RF Transceiver
    • Toshiba THGBX6T0T8LLFXF 128 GB NAND Flash
    • Murata 339S00199 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Module
    • NXP 67V04 NFC Controller
    • Skyworks 13702-20 Diversity Receive Module
    • Skyworks 13703-21 Diversity Receive Module
    • Avago LFI630 183439
    • NXP 610A38
    • Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S00105 Audio Codec
    • Cirrus Logic 338S00220 Audio Amplifier(x2)
    • Lattice Semiconductor ICE5LP4K
    • TDK EPCOS D5315
    • Texas Instruments 64W0Y5P
    • Texas Instruments 65730A0P Power Management IC
  5. Don’t forget to view the new loudspeaker and unscrew the earpiece speaker located under the front-facing camera
  6. Pull at the tiny cables that attach the lightning connector to the microphones which are secured to the speaker grilles
    • Extra protection to make the phone more water resistant


Fun Fact: The new earpiece speaker is also a loudspeaker!


Step Four: Check out the Water Resistance Features

  1. The plastic SIM card eject is surrounded with a rubber gasket
  2. The SIM card tray is also surrounded by a rubber gasket
  3. The rubber gaskets surrounding the connectors inside help keep water and dust out


Step Five: See the Display

  1. The front face looks like an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus display but there are some huge changes such as:
    • Wider P3 Color gamut
    • 25% brighteer
    • Water damage indicator by the display EMI shield


    Step Six: Go Big or Go Home

    1. Don’t forget to check out the new home touch sensor
      • Analog Devices AD7149Capacitance Sensor Controller
      1. The “button” can even be removed making it easy for repairs


      Fun Fact: The new non-button home button improves the overall reliability of the iPhone 7 Plus while decreasing the need for replacement.


      Our conclusion? The iPhone 7 Plus introduces new technology Apple fans have been waiting for. The solid-state button is pretty epic and the improved dust and water protection definitely decreases the need for repair. But of course, if you do need to fix your iPhone 7 Plus, you have Digital Supply USA.