iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s

Better camera, faster chip, longer battery life

At first glance iPhone 7 is pretty similar in appearance to iPhone 6s but there’s one very significant difference. With iPhone 7, Apple boldly ditched the traditional headphone jack – recommending instead that users switch to wireless headphones or AirPods.

Take a look at the specs, though, and you’ll notice there have been some pretty major upgrades. The improved camera, with a 6 element lens, captures a wider range of colours than iPhone 6s. A new ‘wide colour’ screen is designed to show off the results of the improved camera, and a new ‘taptic engine’ brings improvements to the 3D touch functionality, too.

One of the biggest advances for iPhone 7, though, is the A10 chip. Apple claim that the A10, its first quad core chip, is 40% faster than the A9 (featured in iPhone 6s). The A10 also has two high-performance cores and two lower powered cores for everyday tasks – so it can perform simple functions without draining as much battery. As a result, Apple claim that iPhone 7 boasts up to 2 hours’ longer battery life than iPhone 6s.

Time to embrace the wireless revolution

While traditionalists may find the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack hard to get used to, iPhone 7 has plenty to excite Apple fans and represents a clear step up from iPhone 6s in pretty much every metric.

 
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Capacity1 16GB
64GB
128GB
32GB
128GB
256GB

Display Retina HD display with 3D Touch
4.7 inches (diagonal)
1334x750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
Retina HD display with wide colour gamut 3D Touch
5.5 inches (diagonal)
1920x1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi

Size and Weight2 Height 138.3 mm (5.44 inches)
Width 67.1 mm (2.64 inches)
Depth 7.1 mm (0.28 inches)
Weight 143 grams (5.04 ounces)
Height 138.3 mm (5.44 inches)
Width 67.1 mm (2.64 inches)
Depth 7.1 mm (0.28 inches)
Weight 138 grams (4.87 ounces)

Splash, Water and Dust Resistant3 - Yes

Chip A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M9 motion coprocessor
A10 fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M10 motion coprocessor

Camera 12MP cameras

ƒ/2.2 aperture

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Digital zoom up to 5x

Live Photos with stabilisation

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True Tone flash

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

Exposure control

Auto HDR for photos

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode
All-new 12MP camera

ƒ/1.8 aperture

Optical image stabilisation

Digital zoom up to 5x

Live Photos with stabilisation

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

Quad-LED True Tone flash

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

Exposure control

Auto HDR for photos

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode

Video recording 4K video recording at 30 fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

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Digital zoom up to 3x

True Tone flash

Cinematic video stabilisation

Continuous autofocus video

Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Time-lapse video with stabilisation

Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video

Playback zoom
 
4K video recording at 30 fps

1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps

Optical image stabilisation for video

Digital zoom up to 3x

Quad-LED True Tone flash

Cinematic video stabilisation

Continuous autofocus video

Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps

Time-lapse video with stabilisation

Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video

Playback zoom
 

FaceTime HD Camera 5-megapixel photos

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Retina Flash

-

720p HD video recording

Auto HDR

Face detection

-

Burst mode

Exposure control
 
7-megapixel photos

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Retina Flash

Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos

1080p HD video recording

Auto HDR

Body and face detection

Auto image stabilisation

Burst mode

Exposure control
 

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