iPhone 7 Plus vs iPhone 7

Key features and upgrades

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus hit the headlines when they became the first in the series to ditch the headphone jack in favour of wireless headphones – a controversial move but one that ultimately didn’t put off loyal fans.

They are also the first in the series to be dust and water resistant – a welcome feature giving users reassurance when using their phones outdoors in adverse weather conditions.

Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also feature the A10 chip. At 40% faster than the previous year’s model, this was an impressive leap forward.

So, apart from screen size, what separates the two?

Well if you’re keen on photography, iPhone 7 Plus is a clear winner. It sports two rear facing cameras that work in unison – with the second camera giving you 2x optical zoom. Unlike digital zoom, this allows you to get in close to your subject without sacrificing quality.

On battery life, iPhone 7 Plus is ahead too, as you’d expect from a larger format phone. iPhone 7 Plus has up to 24 hours talk time compared to 14 hours for iPhone 7 – or up to 60 hours’ audio playback vs 40 hours for iPhone 7 (according to Apple’s own figures). It’s worth noting that these specs refer to ‘wireless’ talk time and ‘wireless’ audio playback – though Apple’s new AirPods are not included in the box.

iPhone 7 Plus is a step up in price of course – so if you don’t feel a dual camera and extra battery life are essential, the more pocket-sized (and pocket-friendly) iPhone 7 may be the one for you. You’ll still benefit from Apple’s A10 chip, a wide colour Retina display and the reassurance of water and dust resistance.

 
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Capacity1 32GB
128GB
256GB
32GB
128GB
256GB

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

Size and Weight2 Height 158.2 mm (6.23 inches)
Width 77.9 mm (3.07 inches)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 188 grams (6.63 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 Yes

Chip A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M10 motion coprocessor
A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture
Embedded M10 motion coprocessor

Camera All-new 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras

Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture; telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture

Optical image stabilisation

Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 10x

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
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

Optical image stabilisation for video

Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 6x

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
 
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 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
 
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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