To herald the arrival of its new iPhone models, Apple rolled out a game featuring Nintendo’s plumber Mario, a new camera and the usual performance improvements, but what’s the real difference between the two models?
Decked out in a gorgeous new high-gloss jet black or matte black tones, alongside regular black, silver, gold and rose gold the new iPhones continue to represent a marvel of engineering and silicon power. But with the options and choices widening this year, which one should you choose?
Similarities across the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
There are several common features across the new iPhone models. Those annoying plastic bands for the radio antennae have been moved to the edges of the case. More controversially, the headphone jack has been removed, to make way for internal stereo speakers, and a Lightning adapter for your existing headphones, or you can buy Apple’s $159 EarPods for wireless audio.
Otherwise, the screen sizes and resolutions remain the same at 4.7-inch and 5.5-inches. However, the display is brighter with a wider color gamut. The battery life is improved and there’s the addition of water resistance for splash proof phones. But be aware, Apple’s small print states that “Liquid damage is not covered under warranty.” So, don’t be the one to throw your $969 256GB iPhone 7 Plus around at a pool party.
The quad-core 64-bit A10 Fusion chip in both phones is twice as fast the iPhone 6, with three times the graphics performance. Memory has been upgraded too, offering 32GB as a starting point, 128GB as the mid-range and 256GB for those who have to have the best and the most.
What’s are the Differences between iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
The main difference between the two models is obvious in the rear camera. The bulge gets bigger on the iPhone 7 Plus, taking the 12-megapixel wide angle lens of its smaller brother, and adding its own 12-megapixel telephoto camera system to add zoom and depth of field effects to photos.
It offers two times optical zoom for genuine improvement in close-ups. Also gone is the low-quality digital zoom of old, with up to 10-times digital zoom on the iPhone 7 Plus, plenty of detail retained in the picture. Huge amounts of processing power and smart optical design go into each photo, making the phrase “just a smartphone photo” seem increasingly redundant. Both cameras feature optical image stabilization, a larger f/1.8 aperture lens for better photos in low light and a quad-LED flash for more natural lighting.
For video, both phones are capable of shooting 4K footage at 30 frames per second, while 1080p HD can be recorded at 60fps and 720p captured in slow-motion mode at a mighty 240fps.
Which Would You Pick?
With a premium of around $120 between the two, photography fans will appreciate the features of the larger iPhone, but how many times would you actually use them?
One final note about that sexy jet black model, which it might match your high performance car, private plane or just the 4K TV in your lounge, Apple’s notes point out that it is more prone to micro scratches than the other models, and is a fingerprint magnet, but would you really hide such a luxury device in a case?