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

iPhone 7s Plus bare logic board (left; credit @VenyaGeskin1) vs iPhone 7 Plus logic board (right; credit iFixit.com)

iPhone 7s Plus bare logic board (left; credit @VenyaGeskin1) vs iPhone 7 Plus logic board (right; credit iFixit.com)


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. 

The iPhone 7s logic board also appeared on Weibo

The iPhone 7s logic board also appeared on Weibo

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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46 Comments

1. foreverNOOB

Posts: 146; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

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

30. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; 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: 2002; 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: 6895; 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.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Behind in what aspects?

7. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

iPhone 7 --> iPhone 7S --> iPhone 8

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I see, you mean on paper, because in real life even 6s is a device of this generation.

28. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I agree. I pre-ordered the note 8 last night and I just wouldn't like it if Samsung launches the note 9 &10 together next year, especially if there's a big gap between the note 9 & 10.

36. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iPhone 8 will be a one time anniversary edition which will allow Apple to play a bit. All 3 models (although I see no point for a 7s) are going to be the models of the same generation (just like S8 and Note 8 are the same generation).

32. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Really, lets see. 1. 750X1334 pixel density 2. 65.6% screen to body ratio. 3. No ip 68 rating 4. No true multitasking 5. F2.2 and 1/3" inch 12MP primary camera + 5mp F2. 2 secondary camera. 6 no fast charging, wireless charging. 7. Endurance rating of 62h. lol. If you call these features as current generation, then i don't know how many generations behind you are in real life.

35. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

1. Everything over 300 ppi it's ok (still better sppi than any 1080p AMOLED). 2. That is a feature? 3. It's ok if you drop it in water. 4. iPhone's multitasking is way better than most high end Android devices: it keeps 50 apps in memory, all of them opened and ready to go (Note 7 and S7 had problems with 8 apps, opo the same). 5. It was one of the best camera phone and it is only surpassed by a handful of other phones. 6-7. I give you that; but it's also one of the most power efficient phone energy wise: sub 2k mAh that lasts just as much and more than 3k mAh phones (I don't know what "62h" you're talking about, the 6s easily lasts 6-7h of usage. You forget to mention: - unlimited 4k filming (still unmatched by any Android device) - same OS speed as this year's Androids (very few devices from 2017 - released 2 years after 6s - perform their tasks better). - the best security on the market (even the worse iOS had less critical security issues than other OSes) - live photos (who else has it, except Samsung?) - 4k editor - sapphire, quality Al - 3D T, blazing fast T ID You give 7 negative things, I gave 7 positive things that only got in Android phones this year and some that no A. phone has.

37. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

1. If iphone 6s was a midranger it was ok. For a flagship it is not. It is below average. 2. Yes. It is a feature. Otherwise iphone 8 would not have improved it. 3. Lol. Just a dumb isheep comment. 4. You don't know what true multi-tasking means. If you knew you wouldn't have said it. 5. I know it was one of the best camera phones. But calling it a current generation flagship camera is a troll statement. 6. We don't buy phone to check its power efficiency. We buy to use it. 6s couldn't even beat last year flagship battery. So forget about flagships of 2017. I did not say that 6s is a bad mobile. But it is no where near to the current flagship standard.

39. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

1. If the next iPhone will be having model to unlock, I'll say it's just as useless as a resolution that my 20/20 vision can't distinguish. 2. It's an esthetic choice. 3. Have you seen videos where 6s was submerged in water and was ok? 4. Oh, but I think you are the one who doesn't know that multi-tasking means performing multiple tasks at the same time, a thing that iPhone not only that it does, but it does it better than most Android phones. 5. Its camera is no longer on the podium, but it is in top (if you want a phone that films unlimited 4k, 6s is on the podium). 6. I have told you: 6s lasts for at least 6h sot, 6s+ 8-10 (the same as 7 and 7+, almost the same as S8 and S8+, which are bigger devices). 6s is clearly a dated phone, but it stand its ground in front of a lot of today's flagships (if I recall, it was almost on par with S8 speed wise).

41. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

1. Try watching a video on QHD display and you will know the difference . If you think QHD and retina display are same then you need an eye check up real fast. Lol. 2. It is not an aesthetic choice. Because it helps you hold larger display mobile on smaller form factor. You will understand it when iphone 8 comes. 3.only an isheep will submerge its non ip68 certified mobile in water. I don't need to watch any videos for that. After all industry certifications are for a reason. 4. Lmao. Apple allows multitasking for only a limited number of apps on ios for iphone (not same as ios on ipads). Hence it is called limited multitasking and not true multi-tasking. Becuase it is not dependent on the will of the app developer. 5. I did not say 6s has bad camera. But still it not not in the best category in 2017. But It is good. 6. Maybe apple has made special 6s for you. 6s battery life cannot beat other flagships of 2016. And it is a pity that iphone 7 also had same battery life like 6s. I can also say the same thing for many android phones released two years ago. It does not mean that they are as good as 2017 flagships.

44. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

1. I did, there's none, unless I move it 10 cm from my eyes, which I will never do, because I care about my eyesight; I assure you that the same movie, looked on 6s and 7, from the same 30 cm, will look just as clear. 2. True, but again: it's an aesthetic choice (just as thinness, glass, color are). 3. There were a lot of "isheeps" that did that :). 4. There's no app, designed to be uses simultaneously with another, that can't be used in iOS multi-tasking environment. 5. Not the best, but still very relevant. 6. Yes, it can; it gets better times than S7, way better than opo, G5 or Moto. Read my #26 again: I haven't said that 6s is on par with today's flagships, I have said that it is still relevant today.

43. cocoy

Posts: 455; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

@Leo_MC Sony XZP has an unlimited 4K video which only stops when memory is full and it has better stabilization than Iphone. Try using other phone nor just Iphone for you to experience it. I admit that Iphone has a stellar battery on standby or not being used but when you use it I barely got 5 hrs SOT.

45. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

We are not making a contest between 6s and every Android phone (there are lots of better A phones); I am only proving that 6s is still a relevant phone today. And the fact that that a device released in 2017 is capable to do something that 6s did since 2015 is an argument to sustain my point of view.

38. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

As far as your other 7 features are concerned : 1.true. 2. Nexus 6p releaaed in 2015 was as fast as any ios device. Now i don't want to post youtube links. Because both sides can go on posting unlimited links which does not result in anything. 3. Best security not because ios is special. Because it is targeted less due to less number of ios device. Moreover samsung and google provide regular security updates. So if an android user feels so vulnerable he can buy it. 4. You said already. 5. True. But irrelevant even to majority of ios users. 6. Don't know what sapphire is. Need more info. 7. FPS on android is also fast. 3D T is nothing special. Though it is a good step. Maybe apple will refine it in future. Now just compare your 7 features and my 7 features. My 7 features are more relevant for a mobile user. Your 7 features are basically either already present on android flagships or are irrelevant for majority of ios users.

40. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

2. 1 device is an exception, not a rule; Android on Pixel is about just as snappy as iOS on iPhone (it would be interesting to see how does 6p performs with Oreo vs. 6s on iOS11). 3. I wouldn't say over 1 billion devices is a small number (I think it's the same as Windows devices), but you're right: it's less than the number of Android devices. 4. True, just like the pen is irrelevant even to the majority of Note users (I think you switched 4 with 5). 5. One is the ability to film (1), other is to edit (Android had the capacity to film 4k but it lacked editors for over 1 year). 6. take your knife and scratch the camera glass on the 6s (than do the same on S7-8); do the same on the fp scanner. 7. Yes, it is; no, it isn't a BIG deal - it just is - but it is a deal, because, as you pointed out earlier, Samsung has started to use it too. What's relevant for me is not necessary relevant for you, but the majority uses text (WA, iM, Mess, sms etc), camera, Facebook, browser and YouTube. They don't care about ppi (unless they are under the vision capacity) but they care about 4k; they don't care about pen, but they care about live photos (as profile picture) or slo-mo videos etc. And 6s does all that it is needed.

42. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

2. To be seen 3. 1 billion device is a very small number if you compare the number of android device sold in same period. It is not even a comparison. 4. I was talking about live photo. 5. True. 6. Why should i do that? I am not a retard. 7. If you count 3d T as a deal. I can also count edge of s7 edge as a deal. That is why i said it is irrelevant. You are correct that many features may not be relevant to you as it is to me. But there are few features which are relevant to everyone. Like screen quality, battery capacity, fast charging, ip 68 certification, greater storage space, etc. Iphone 6s was a good mobile. But it was still lacking in major aspects when compared to many flagship of 2015 and 2016. If you are a kind of guy who prefer 3dT, 4k recording and editing over other basic features, then it was not a problem.

46. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

3. 1 billion is a huge amount of devices, big enough to justify the creation of malware, considering that iOS users are spending the most money in mobile world (I'm not saying they are also the richest). 6. You don't, but your keys might think different when they are in the same pocket with the phone. 7. It was just an example of thing that 6s had and only now it's going to make its way into Android world. 6s is having everything to make it a today's phone: balanced screen quality (I put the scientific explanation why the human eye can't distinguish over 300 ppi), all day usage, water resistant (although not certified), great storage space, great camera features, greatest app environment and support. In fact, 6s is still a better choice than 90% of Android flagship phones released in 2016-2017.

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