iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7: What’s the difference?
Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available, though selling fast. Unlike other years, though, this time around there are quite a few noticeable differences between the two.
While the iPhone 7 isn’t the huge update some were expecting, there’s still a few notable improvements. If you’re unsure about whether you should be getting ready to buy the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, here’s everything that sets them apart.
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iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7: Bigger, but with similar looks
If you expected Apple to rewrite the design of the iPhone with the 7 and 7 Plus, then prepared to be disappointed.
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They both look very similar to their predecessors, with that aluminium build and curved sides. Those ugly antenna lines have been altered, now snaking around the top rather than the back.
The biggest visual difference here is the colour options the phone now comes in. Along with the usual gold, rose gold and silver there’s a new darker black option and a glossy black one. Sadly, the rumoured blue hue hasn’t made the cut.
Both phones also feature a slightly altered camera hump.
Being a bigger phone, the iPhone 7 Plus is larger and heavier. It has the same chunky bezel as before, and a 5.5-inch 1080p display opposed to a 4.7-inch version. It’s better for media and playing games, but it’s still a very big phone, which is hard to use comfortably in one hand. Apple has improved the screens this time around, widening the colour gamut for a more accurate representation of pictures and videos.
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Apple has upgraded the water-resistant to IP67, which means it can handle splashes (basically a light shower and the rain) without any lasting damage. This isn’t as water-resistant as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which can both be fully submerged for 30-minutes.
iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7: Big camera upgrades
The biggest differentiator between the two phones from Apple is their optics. Previous Plus models have always held the upper hand in this area due to the addition of optical image stabilisation (OIS), but the gulf seems larger this time.
While the iPhone 7 has one 12-megapixel OIS camera on the back, the iPhone 7 Plus has two of them. One is a wide angle lens, while the other a telephoto. You’ll be able to switch the two sensors, or use them combined to offer an optical zoom type of effect. They’ll also be some after-the-fact refocusing of shots.
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Obviously we’ll have to put both phones through their paces to know how different they really are, but we’re excited to get our hands on them.
There’s also been some upgrades to the TrueTone flash, which now features four LEDs – two warm and two cool – as opposed to two.
Both phones have the same ability when it comes to video. 4K at 30fps is supported, as is 1080p at 60fps and 720p at a slow-mo 240fps.
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iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7: Bye bye, headphone jack
It’s the most controversial ‘feature’ of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus; Apple has removed the 3.5mm headphone jack that has graced 99% of phones and tablets for years.
Instead of the port, you’ve got an extra set of speaker holes that cover up the up the stereo speaker. It’s a big change, but one that we’ve been expecting.
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To soften the blow, Apple is bundling a set of EarPods that plug straight into the Lightning port and a dongle that’ll plug in to the same port and offer up a 3.5mm connection.
You’ll also be able to use Bluetooth headphones, which are getting better all the time.
iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7: Speed boosts and more RAM (we think)
Powering both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is a brand-new chip, the A10 Fusion. This is a big jump for Apple’s silicon, going from 1.8Ghz to 2.4Ghz.
We can’t say we’ve been longing for faster iPhones and even though the Android rivals have much glossier spec-sheets, the iPhone 6S is still one of the best performing phones.
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As always, Apple didn’t speak about the RAM in the new iPhones but the Plus model has more of it. While the iPhone 7 has 2GB, the iPhone 7 Plus ups that to 3GB. Will this make a visible difference? We’ll have to wait and see.
iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7: Plenty of storage options
Finally, Apple has removed the paltry 16GB model from its iPhone range. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with a base 32GB, though of course this can be boosted to either 128GB or 256GB.
You’ll also notice there’s no 64GB option, which seems odd to us. Why not start at 64GB?
As always, there’s no microSD card slot. So pick your starting storage wisely.
iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7: Battery life
Apple has said that the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will improve on battery life over their outgoing brothers. During the announcement we heard the iPhone 7 should last for 12 hours of LTE browsing and the iPhone 7 Plus should last 13 hours of browsing. To know just how much longer these two phones last than the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus we'll have to wait for our review samples.
What we can say is that the Plus version will last longer, because naturally the bigger size allows for a bigger battery.
iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7: Price
Here's the pricing for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the UK and US:
- iPhone 7 | 32GB | £599 / $649
- iPhone 7 | 128GB | £699 / $749
- iPhone 7 | 256GB | £799 / $849
- iPhone 7 Plus | 32GB | £719 / $769
- iPhone 7 Plus | 128GB | £819 / $869
- iPhone 7 Plus | 256GB | £919 / $969
iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7: First impressions
For the first time, Apple has made the differences between the two phones much more than just size. Kitting the iPhone 7 Plus out with a snazzy new dual-lens camera set-up is an interesting move that makes it instantly more appealing.
Add that to the alleged increase in RAM, better display with wider colour gamut and the benefits of a bigger battery, and it seems like the Plus is the way to go.
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