Difference between iPhone 6s and iPhone 7

Key Difference: The iPhone 7 is way too similar to the previous phone in the series, iPhone 6S. They have many similarities, however the major difference between them is that the iPhone 7 is now waterproof, has more storage, and a bigger battery, but it no longer has the 3.5mm jack for headphones.

Many say that new is better, but the truth of the matter is that things are never that black and white. It is a similar case between iPhone 6s and iPhone 7. Most iPhone users will be looking to upgrade to the newer flagship model, but should they really?

The iPhone 7 had been one of the most, in fact probably the most, anticipated phone of the year. However, for a lot of the fans of the company, it was bit of a letdown, primarily because it was way too similar to the previous phone in the series, iPhone 6S. Many people criticized the phone and the company for a lack of innovation.

Most of the design and specifications are the same, with possibly some minor tweaks. Such as both have a 4.7-inch LED-backlit widescreen display with a resolution of 1334x750-pixel for a total of 326 ppi (pixels per inch). Most of the internal functionalities are also the same, such as both have 2 GB of RAM.

However, that does not mean that they are the same phones. Apple has made some improvements to the newer phone, albeit less than what fans were hoping. Firstly and for some, the most importantly, the iPhone 7 is now water proof with the IP67 certification, which means that it can now go swimming with its user or survive a fall into a puddle. Also, the iPhone 7 is available in 2 brand new colors, Black and Jet Black, which replace the Space Grey variety of iPhone 6s. The other colors remain the same. The iPhone 7 is also available with different storage capacities such as 32/128/256 GB, as compared to the 16/32/64/128 GB variants of the iPhone 6s.

Other differences include a quad-core CPU over the dual core of 6s. The iPhone 7 features Apple's new quad-core A10 Fusion processor, which is supposedly 40% faster than the iPhone 6s's A9 chipset. This gives it additional power to handle even more demanding tasks. The newer phone also gets a faster GPU, which is said to be 50% faster than the previous reiteration.The iPhone 7 also gets a boost in battery life with a slightly bigger battery giving it up to supposedly 2 hours longer battery life than the iPhone 6s.The newer phone also comes with iOS 10.0.1, as compared to the previous iOS 9, which is sort of negated by the fact that both are upgradable to iOS 10.0.2. Also, the front-facing camera has been improve from a 5 MP to a 7 MP, and quad LED flash has been incorporated for the secondary camera. 

Despite of everything else, there is one huge change in the iPhone 7; it no longer has the 3.5mm jack. Instead, users must make use of an adapter that will convert the lightening port to a 3.5mm port for headphones. Alternately, one can also use the new Lightning EarPods. While this might be frustrating for most, the benefit of this is that the removal of the 3.5mm jack has left enough space for another speaker on the top, which means that the iPhone 7 is the first iPhone to offer stereo sound.

Another major change that will be welcomes by all iPhone users is the announcement that the iPhone 7 comes with the newly announced, extra tough Gorilla Glass 5. This should at least solve the issue of the screen shattering on even the slightest touch.

Comparison between iPhone 6s and iPhone 7:

 

iPhone 6s

iPhone 7

Launch Date

September 2015

September 2016

Company

Apple Corporation

Apple Corporation

Size

138.3 mm (5.44 inches) x

67.1 mm (2.64 inches) x

7.1 mm (0.28 inches)

138.3 mm (5.44 inches) x

67.1 mm (2.64 inches) x

7.1 mm (0.28 inches)

Display

4.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen

Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles

4.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen

Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles

Screen

1334x750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi

1334x750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi

Protection

Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

Gorilla Glass 5, oleophobic coating

Weight

143 grams (5.04 ounces)

138 grams (4.87 ounces)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - A1660, A1778

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1660

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 - A1660, A1778

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO & TD-SCDMA - A1660

4G Network

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700) - A1688

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - A1687

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 27(800), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - A1660, A1778

 

GUI

iUI

iUI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister

Quad-core

GPU

PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)

(six-core graphics)

OS

iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 10.0.2

iOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 10.0.2

Chipset

Apple A9

Apple A10 Fusion

RAM

2 GB RAM

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

Nano-SIM

Nano-SIM

Internal Memory

16/32/64/128 GB

32/128/256 GB

Expandable Memory

No

No

Sensors

  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Barometer
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Barometer
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth v4.2, USB v2.0

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth v4.2, USB v2.0

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, USB, NFC (Apple Pay only)

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, USB, NFC (Apple Pay only)

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat9 450/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth

v4.2, A2DP, LE

v4.2, A2DP, LE

USB

USB v2.0, reversible connector

USB v2.0, reversible connector

Primary Camera

12‑megapixel camera, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, 5x digital zoom, 29mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash

12-megapixel camera, ƒ/1.8 aperture, Digital zoom up to 5x, Six‑element lens

Quad-LED True, Tone flash, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Secondary Camera

5 MP, f/2.2, 31mm, [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR, Backside illumination sensor, Exposure control, Burst mode, Timer mode, Retina Flash

7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, [email protected], [email protected], face and body detection, HDR, Backside illumination sensor, Exposure control, Burst mode, Timer mode, Retina Flash, Auto image stabilisation

Video

  • 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Slow-motion video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps
  • 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Slow-motion video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Camera Features

  • Live Photos with stabilisation
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • True Tone flash
  • Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Exposure control
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Five-element lens
  • 5x digital zoom
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Auto image stabilisation
  • Local tone mapping
  • Noise reduction
  • Face detection
  • Photo geotagging
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • Six element lens
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
  • Live Photos with stabilisation
  • Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Improved local tone mapping
  • Body and face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Noise reduction
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Auto image stabilisation
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Photo geotagging

Sound Enhancement

Noise reduction

User-configurable maximum volume limit

Noise reduction

User-configurable maximum volume limit

No 3.5mm jack

Audio supported formats

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV

Video supported formats

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel audio, in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640x480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel audio, in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M‑JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 4K, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel audio, in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640x480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC‑LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio or Dolby Audio up to 1008 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo or multichannel audio, in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M‑JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 1715 mAh battery (6.91 Wh)

Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery (7.45 Wh)

Stand-by

Up to 10 days

Up to 10 days

Talk time

Up to 14 hours on 3G

Up to 14 hours on 3G

Internet use

Up to 10 hours on 3G, up to 11 hours on Wi‑Fi

Up to 12 hours on 3G, Up to 14 hours on Wi-Fi

Video playback

HD: Up to 11 hours

Wireless: Up to 13 hours

Audio playback

Up to 50 hours

Wireless: Up to 40 hours

Available Colors

Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Space Gray

Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black

Messaging

iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

Browser

HTML5 (Safari)

HTML5 (Safari)

Radio

No

No

GPS

Assisted GPS and GLONASS

iBeacon micro-location

Assisted GPS and GLONASS

Java

No

No

Additional Features

  • Fingerprint sensor built into the Home button
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player
  • MP4/H.264 player
  • Audio/video/photo editor
  • Document editor
  • Splash, Water and Dust Resistant Rated IP67 under IEC standard 60529
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player
  • MP4/H.264 player
  • Audio/video/photo editor
  • Document editor
Reference: GSMArena, Apple (iPhone 6s and iPhone 7), Digital Spy
Image Courtesy: Apple.com

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