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The iPhone 7’s dual speaker grille is only for show, teardown confirms


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Apple’s new iPhone 7 and 7 plus smartphones are officially on sale, which means it’s time for iFixit’s traditional surgical dismemberment.

The teardown specialist shows how an iPhone looks from the inside with the 3.5mm headphone jack cast aside.

Perhaps more significantly, the speaker grille that replaced it is shown to be for aesthetics only. There's no additional loudspeaker on the bottom left side of the phone.

Closer inspection shows a new, second lower speaker grille that leads … nowhere? Interesting,” iFixit wrote.

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Given waterproofing was one of the reasons Apple gave the 3.5mm jack, it is interesting the firm would add more holes to the bottom of the phone.

Rather than add an additional speaker, Apple created a larger Taptic Engine to bring the new click-free home button to life.

Directly where the headphone jack used to be, Apple has added a “barometric vent.”

The Verge points out the new waterproofing tech meant the iPhone’s innards were sealed off, making it less effective as a barometer.

The new barometric vents enables the iPhone 7 to measure altitude.

So, essentially, we have a situation where adding waterproofing tech to the iPhone 7 may have spelled doom for the headphone jack.

Update: While iFixit disassembled an iPhone 7 plus featuring a Qualcomm modem, Chipworks took a regular iPhone 7 apart and found a model built by none other than Intel!

Have you picked up an iPhone 7 or 7 plus today? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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September 17, 2016, 7:34 pm

The second grille is for aesthetics, but also leads to the “barometric vent”, if I'm not missing something.

Of course a single hole to equalise the pressure would've been sufficient, but it looks much nicer symmetrical as it is now.


September 18, 2016, 5:48 am



September 18, 2016, 1:40 pm

A single hole might have left people believing that sheer cussedness was the reason for the audio jack's demise.


September 23, 2016, 4:30 am

I was excited it would actually be louder like the iPad Pro with its four speakers. It was one of the reasons I upgraded. The actual "stereo speaker" doesnt sound much louder to me.

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