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iPhone 7 Plus teardown shows totally fake second speaker grill

by Jacob Kleinman | September 16, 2016

Apple doesn’t always go into detail when it comes to the internal specs for its devices, preferring to focus on the general experience instead. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for the teardown experts at iFixit to get their hands on the iPhone 7 Plus and come up with some concrete answers.

The teardown is still in progress, but a bunch of key specs have already been confirmed. We now know conclusively that the iPhone 7 Plus packs a 2,900mAh battery, up from the 2750mAh battery on the iPhone 6s Plus. That should add one extra hour of battery life. It’s not much but we’ll take it.

iFixit confirmed that the iPhone 7 Plus packs 3GB of RAM sourced from Samsung. The flash storage comes from Toshiba, while the audio chips are supplied by Cirrus Logic. The report also details a pair of 12-megapixel cameras in back (one wide-angle and one telephoto for using optical zoom).

The teardown found signs of Apple’s waterproofing throughout the iPhone 7 Plus. From the start, iFixit notes that there’s more adhesive than usual holding the device together. The company also used rubber gaskets for the SIM tray and silencer switch to keep water from seeping in.

Finally, we get a look at the space formally occupied by the headphone jack in previous iPhone models. As expected, that second speaker grill is totally fake, and a rubber bumper covers it from the back to keep water from getting in. Beyond that, there’s a bigger Taptic Engine designed to power the new virtual home button sensor.

Now that we know what’s inside the iPhone 7 Plus all that’s left to do is to pick one up. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done at the moment, but Apple should have the device back in stock before too long.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...