iPhone 7s Plus bare logic board poses for the camera, A11 chip and Intel modem markings observed


The announcement of the new iPhone models is just around the corner. Despite Apple's secretive ways, more and more information about the devices is starting to leak out as we draw closer to September. 

An interesting photo was recently uploaded by Benjamin Geskin on Twitter. A quartet of bare logic boards, allegedly made for the iPhone 7s Plus, can be seen on the image shared by the popular concept creator. 

When compared to the logic board of an iPhone 7 Plus (see top image), it is clear that they are more or less the same. The board's measurements and screw hole placements seem to be identical to the larger 2016 model, which excludes the possibility of it being intended for the smaller 7s. Meanwhile, the alleged premium anniversary iPhone will supposedly have a design that supports an L-shaped two-cell battery pack. 

But how do we know that this isn't, in fact, a 7 Plus PCB? Well, there's a "3217" timestamp on the board. This means that it was made in the 32nd week of 2017 or less than a month ago. 

Sadly, the actual chipset and modem aren't present on the PCB, but these empty pads will likely be occupied by an Apple A11 chip and a Qualcomm or Intel modem. The current assumption is that the A11 processor will be built by TSMC on a 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process, which should make it more powerful and less energy consuming than the A10 found on the 2016 iPhones.

source: Twitter via MacRumorsSlashleaks

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16 Comments

1. foreverNOOB

Posts: 167; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Not surprising at all considered that Apple was now in court with Qualcomm.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Intel modems only support cat 9 LTE. Last year we saw cat 11 and 12 LTE modems in smartphones using Qualcomms modems. This year we are seeing gigabit LTE speeds or cat 16 LTE. So the new iPhones are behind. Oh, well nothing new.

33. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

It's not just being slower at theoretical max. Signal strength seems to be worse than the qualcomm variants as well as actual real life performance

2. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

So iPhone 6SSS = Phone 7s??

3. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Do you sometimes see jokes on the internet that just feels forced to the extent that it's unfunny. Well this is one of those.

6. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"............to the extent that it's unfunny. Well this is one of those" So it made you that angry? Has anyone ever seen this guy making comments like this when the usual iTrolls of PA make the lag jokes? This guy must be related to kiko da kellyanne conway of PA.

10. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

What separates you from the iTrolls though is that they can make retarded comments and still be entertaining because they aren't forced. You're angry right now because someone just pointed out that your post is unfunny and you can't accept that.

14. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"What separates you from the iTrolls though is that they can make retarded comments and still be entertaining" and mine made you that angry? I guess you have an iPhone. Enjoy it!

17. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

The only person who's angry here is the one who cant take criticism. And yes, I use an iPhone and I'm happy with it.

18. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"I use an iPhone and I'm happy with it." No sh!t LOL Like I said before, enjoy it!

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Here's a non retarded comment. It's based on actual facts. Intel's modem is rated at cat 9 LTE (450 megabit). Whereas the latest Qualcomm modems are rated at cat 16 LTE or gigabit speeds.

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You can buy an iPhone 8.

4. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I feel sorry for the iPhone 7 & 7+ owners. They're now two generations behind.

22. mikehunta727 unregistered

A11 is gonna be a absolute monster..

25. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

My best far sure that Apple A11 chip will be broke lesner unstobale, powerfull chip even till 2018 Snapdragon flagship Soc cant competition with it, this recent A10x chip found in i lad pro 2017 scores Antuntu 213386 Geek bench 4 single core 3903 Muilt score 9336 Which is desktop like performance Image what will be power inside in A11 chip

34. Khyron

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

A11 has the double oficina die size than Qualcomm or exynos It's no matter of raw power between Android socs or Apple socs Its about cost Apple can put more millions of transistors to improve IPC And the Android side Doing this Will raise price of socs

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