First iPhone 7 Plus teardown reveals 2675 mAh battery, flaunts the optical zoom system

UPDATE 9/16: The unit tore down here is most likely a prototype, as the iFixit disassembly of the retail unit shows a 2900 mAh battery and different internal layout.

On the eve of its imminent release for the masses, an iPhone 7 Plus in the fashionable Jet Black has been disassembled on video for the world to see. It doesn't seem very heard to pry it open and examine the innards, even though the handset is now waterproof, with generous amount of gaskets and adhesive applied all around to achieve the feat. Of course, that means that when you send yours to repair, the shop will have to restore the water-tight rating to its previous state, but that's a story for later on when people start dropping theirs and sending them for a fix.

The largest part inside is, naturally, the battery pack, which has 10.22 Wh electrical energy written on it, and 3.82 voltage. This translates to a roughly 2675 mAh actual battery capacity. 

According to Apple, this is good for an hour more of battery life compared to the 6s Plus, but the bump seems to stem from hardware and software optimizations, rather than an increase in battery capacity compared to its predecessor.

We also get to see the most intriguing new feature of the 7 Plus, namely the dual camera set up in the right from the top of the battery, and you can clearly notice the difference in height between the wide angle and the telephoto lens optics that allows for true 2x zoom for the first time in such a thin handset.

Unfortunately, we can't really grasp if there are two speakers at the bottom, as Apple lists in its ports and connectors diagram for the new iPhones, but more detailed teardowns could be coming soon. 

After all, in a few hours it will be Friday in Australia, and the first thorough examinations of the iPhone 7 innards shouldn't be far behind.

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iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

So a small battery and no 3.5mm jack. Tell me again why Iphone's are SO big

3. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

My Redmi 3s Prime has 4100mah battery...

5. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Which is alot smaller that this iphone 7 plus and only 1mm thicker.....

7. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Well, it's revolutionary. If it's apple just praised and worship. Right pa? Hahahaha

10. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You guys ever get tired of just being dicks? There's more "worship" on here for other brands from what I've seen...

29. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Confirmed! No dual speaker on the bottom. One speaker in the bottom and one up to simulate sound in HTC 10 a like.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That phone soooooooo doesn't matter dude.

20. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

We are talking about iPhone 7 and you mentioned Redmi!!!!!! Are you serious? Shame.

31. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

(ignore please.)

26. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Only 2675mAh...and then no headphone jack. Yup the 6S is the way to go!

2. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Wow, smaller battery and no headphone jack.THATS what everyone wants right?!! THIS IS FRICKIN GOLD!

4. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

So.. more space that said... yeah, removal of the HP jack was awesome (irony)

6. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

And battery lasts more than previous generation, wonderful! :D (ay ay HRC voters swarming PA due to their lackluster android devices... I understand frustration but...)

8. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Generation of apple, right? Is that what you mean? Not generation of android devices. Even the so called feature phone or mid range phone can last a full day. Flagship devices of android are far better.

14. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Do all fandroids put "tech" in their name to makes themselves feel intellectually superior? I've noticed it a lot on this site.

19. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

You guys ever get tired of just being dicks?

23. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You're the one in an Apple article raving about Android. Maybe just don't click on the Apple ones if you don't like them?

9. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Atrocious battery size.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's just Apple business tactics. Save every penny in manufacturing, even if it'll compromise the user experience.

30. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Its not about saving on battery, its about pushing people to buy new phones every two years. They never put a decent battery anytime in there phones, rather optimzie the phone to the battery limits...and every two years the battery get depliated and need another iphone. Its simple its business

12. sabretigger

Posts: 83; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Its not zoom. Its two different modules with different lenses.

13. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

who knows what the battery life is like. it could equal to a 3500 mah battery since it is heavily optimised. on the other hand, i could of been a little thicker and have 2900 mah battery and eliminate that bump.

15. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup, which is what everyone ACTUALLY wants, Apple are very frustrating but then other companies follow suit with "thin and bumps" so they're as bad as each other.

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Not Samsung though. S7 was thicker then S6 and smaller on camera bump too. They also did a significant increase in battery size. All that without dumping the audio jack. They are only one of the few company who actually listens to their customers despite being that big unlike Apple.

24. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah Samsung learned from the previous model where they ignored their customers fortunately, I still think the phone should only be as thin as its thickest part, bumps are always inelegant on a phone.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If it delivers on its stated times, all good.

21. mudcat626

Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Lol, compromise user experience? What do you call an exploding battery. iPhone 7 will get better battery life out of smaller battery than Android phones with much larger battery capacities. So much for boring IPhone and no headphone jacks. Seems like the only folks whining about that is the rumor sites and you tech people who comment here, what a joke you all are...

22. fyah_king unregistered

Tbought it was 2900mah?

25. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

So if it will explode, it will not kill people like the Note 7 one.

27. Ultimodrew

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

So I am confused. I thought the battery size was supposed to be 2900 mah?

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