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Introduction

With the iPhone 7 Plus in pieces, we continue our Tokyo teardown trifecta. Less one camera and with the same number of headphone jacks as the 7 Plus, it is our honor to bring you the iPhone 7 teardown!

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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iPhone 7, use our service manual.

Image 1/1: Apple A10 Fusion processor with embedded M10 motion coprocessor
  • Let's get into this iPhone 7! Before diving in, here are the tech specs:

    • Apple A10 Fusion processor with embedded M10 motion coprocessor

    • 32, 128, or 256 GB onboard storage capacity

    • 4.7-inch IPS multitouch Retina HD display with 1334 × 750 pixels (326 ppi)

    • 12 MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, and 5x digital zoom

    • 7 MP FaceTime HD camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1080p HD recording capability

    • Non-mechanical Touch ID home button driven by new Taptic Engine

    • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi + MIMO Bluetooth 4.2 + NFC

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Image 1/3: A 1334-by-750, LED-backlit IPS display with a P3 color gamut and 25% higher brightness than that of the 6s. Image 2/3: An ƒ/1.8, 12 MP camera with built-in optical image stabilization. Apple claims it's 60% faster and 30% more efficient than the previous generation's peeper. Image 3/3: A quad-LED True Tone flash that's 50% brighter than the iPhone 6s.
  • As we begin our journey through the iPhone 7, we spot a few new additions on the surface:

    • A 1334-by-750, LED-backlit IPS display with a P3 color gamut and 25% higher brightness than that of the 6s.

    • An ƒ/1.8, 12 MP camera with built-in optical image stabilization. Apple claims it's 60% faster and 30% more efficient than the previous generation's peeper.

    • A quad-LED True Tone flash that's 50% brighter than the iPhone 6s.

  • We also find a new model number—A1779—stamped on the rear case.

This is the Japan version which has extra Sony FeLica NFC chips to support NFC smartcard emmulation (seriously Apple should have made this available for all over the world, so London Oyster card and US metro card can also use, what a shame!)

Some chips in this version of iPhone is not available in worldwide iPhone versions such as A1660 A1778

Henry Xu - Reply

A1779 means you got one with an Intel modem. If yours says A1660, you have one with a Qualcomm modem.

balkicityfossils - Reply

Image 1/2: That's a difference of five grams, or about the weight of two American pennies. Is it a big deal? Only if it doesn't cost us in terms of repairability. But that's just our own two cents... Image 2/2: Also of note, the iPhone 7 does a much better job at disguising those unsightly antenna lines—but not the camera bump. It looks like the mini optical mountain is here to stay.
  • The iPhone 7 shares exact dimensions (138.3 mm × 67.1 mm × 7.1 mm) with its predecessor, the iPhone 6s—but has dropped a little weight, coming in at 138 grams compared to the 143 grams of the iPhone 6s.

    • That's a difference of five grams, or about the weight of two American pennies. Is it a big deal? Only if it doesn't cost us in terms of repairability. But that's just our own two cents...

  • Also of note, the iPhone 7 does a much better job at disguising those unsightly antenna lines—but not the camera bump. It looks like the mini optical mountain is here to stay.

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  • In case you haven't heard, matte black is the new black. But if you're into somethin' else, you'll still find the iPhone 7 in gold, rose gold, jet black, or silver.

  • Fair warning: We've heard the jet black finish has more...permanent issues with scratches.

Holy sh... why wouldnyou do th... oh. Oh ok.

Jesper the End - Reply

iPhone 6 put new battery in it now no charging but saying yes but not going up on battery

ant2101 - Reply

Image 1/3: He's actually a good repair tech! Image 2/3: With a click and a clack, we break out the iSclack. Without a crack, the iPhone cuts us some slack. Image 3/3: This iPhone 7 opens just like a storybook, along the side instead of at the top. And with no torn or tight cables, it looks like this story is going to have a fairytale ending.
  • Peter Piper picked a pair of pesky proprietary Pentalobes...

    • He's actually a good repair tech!

  • With a click and a clack, we break out the iSclack. Without a crack, the iPhone cuts us some slack.

  • This iPhone 7 opens just like a storybook, along the side instead of at the top. And with no torn or tight cables, it looks like this story is going to have a fairytale ending.

  • But this story is far from over—and before we jump to conclusions, we're going to take this phone cover to cover, starting with the battery.

This is weird. I could have sworn Apple said stuff about "Better adhesive Blah blah blah" during their keynote.

farleyaustin - Reply

@farleyaustin can u see the little black string stretching between the top n bottom, thats it :)

Ellvy - Reply

I am curious about the waterproof adhesive. Will the new screens have it if you have to replace a broken screen???? If not it might be hard to re-seal it for waterproofing.

gregnauman - Reply

  • After briefly fighting through some sticky adhesives to open the case, we're faced with another set of repair obstacles—teeny tiny tri-point screws securing the cable bracket, just like in the 7's big brother, the 7 Plus.

    • Worried about where to get such an obscure driver for your iPhone's eventual battery swap? We've got you covered, and have already included it in our 64-bit toolkit.

  • With the front panel and strings of sticky glue out of the way, we whip out our trusty spudger and disconnect the battery. Next, it's time to set our spudger to the task of popping off display connectors.

What screwdriver you used to take off the shields? Seems to me Apple has invented a new screw this year.

brasovtraveller - Reply

do we know the supplier of the battery?

andrew - Reply

It would be great to have a clear photo of the iPhone without LCD as you did with some previous models. It makes a really great wallpaper. Thanks in advance!

hellcometo - Reply

How about the adhesive? Regarding water / dust sealing; does the case retain it's sealing after reassembly?

C Bresson - Reply

Be very careful, the ribbon cable rips very easy!

Anthony - Reply

do not rest the screen down like a open book, it will rip the cable, hold the screen up until its unplugged ***THIS NEEDS TO BE ADDED WITH CAUTION SIGN***

David - Reply

Image 1/3: The iPhone 7 camera boasts a  larger f/1.8 aperture, new 6-element lens and 12 MP sensor,  four LEDs, and a flicker sensor that can sense flickering light and compensate for it in your photos and videos. Image 2/3: Now ''that's'' a flashy camera. Image 3/3: This camera is ready for paparazzi inside and out—[http://creativeelectron.com/|X-ray images|new_window=true] prove this camera looks just as good in a close-up.
  • Lights, camera, action!

  • The iPhone 7 camera boasts a larger f/1.8 aperture, new 6-element lens and 12 MP sensor, four LEDs, and a flicker sensor that can sense flickering light and compensate for it in your photos and videos.

  • Now that's a flashy camera.

  • This camera is ready for paparazzi inside and out—X-ray images prove this camera looks just as good in a close-up.

Hi, I'm curious to know if is possible mount the camera module of iphone 7 on iphone 6s?

Thanks!

Fabio C - Reply

By the cable alone, no.

NikkiWraith - Reply

Does the camera cover glass appear to be removable?

C Bresson - Reply

Guys need help i droped my iPhone 7 and the back camera glass has a scratch. pretty much useless camera now... went to an apple store and they told me that i had to buy a new phone... any suggestions?

Eduardo Nieto - Reply

The safest way is to open the phone and pop the glass out from the inside, this is a pretty good video showing the procedure on the iPhone 6, see our iPhone 7 guides for differences. In many cases, you can heat the lens glass, then use a fine prying tool, like an xacto knife, to pry the glass pieces out. Be sure to wear eye protection! You'll also need to be sure you don't get glass shards in the camera assembly. You should be able to find replacement glass online. If you're not comfortable doing the repair yourself, check out a repair shop in your area. They'll be able to do it at a far lower cost than a new phone ;)

Sam Lionheart -

what is this flicker sensor? any part number of any detail info

lizkingx - Reply

Image 1/3: Next out: the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+7+Plus+Teardown/67384#s136473|audio baffle|new_window=true] that thinks it's a headphone jack. Image 2/3: '''Teardown Update''': [http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/16/12941040/iphone-7-teardown-plastic-behind-where-headphone-jack-used-to-be|According to Apple|new_window=true], this plastic component is a barometric vent. With the added ingress protection afforded by the watertight seal, the iPhone uses this baffle to equalize the internal and atmospheric pressures in order to have an accurate altimeter. Image 3/3: This Taptic Engine takes advantage of its extra legroom, sizing up for its home button haptic duties.
  • With the new camera out of the way, we work our way deeper into the 7.

  • Next out: the audio baffle that thinks it's a headphone jack.

    • Teardown Update: According to Apple, this plastic component is a barometric vent. With the added ingress protection afforded by the watertight seal, the iPhone uses this baffle to equalize the internal and atmospheric pressures in order to have an accurate altimeter.

  • This Taptic Engine takes advantage of its extra legroom, sizing up for its home button haptic duties.

  • With the path cleared, we use our handy spudger to release the adhesive from beneath the battery. We wind up and peel out the three battery pull tabs.

So people drilling a headphone jack into the barometric vent are basically taking out their taptic engine. That's priceless.

aeon - Reply

I would complete trade this huge silly tatic engine with a much better speaker or a larger battery

Henry Xu - Reply

And they took out the headphone jack for this? Wow looks like Apple is really losing it, when it comes to innovation. Earlier they mocked HTC for stereo speakers and now they themselves have it. So, HTC copied Apple once again?

matts008 - Reply

From what I understand I think the reason they took out the headphone jack was to make it more waterproof..at least that's just what I was told

Tanner Haller -

Image 1/3: Actually, it's a [http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Samsung-Recalls-Galaxy-Note7-Smartphones/|relatively benign |new_window=true] Lithium-ion battery. This 3.8 V, 1960 mAh battery is rated for a capacity of 7.45 Wh—a notable increase from the 6.55 Wh battery in [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6s+Teardown/48170#s107877|last year's model|new_window=true]. Image 2/3: Apple claims that this upgraded cell will provide up to 14 hours of 3G talk time, 14 hours of Wi-Fi internet browsing, and 10 days of standby. Image 3/3: While the improved battery life is great, we're more excited about the fact  that this battery keeps its replacement-friendly pull tabs—''and'' that it hasn't [http://ifixit.org/blog/8352/samsung-note7-battery-issues/?utm_content=buffer92c2a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer|blown up |new_window=true] on us.
  • Finally, we've reached the iPhone 7's power source. What strange energies fuel this dark obelisk? Magic? The offal of a dying star?

  • Actually, it's a relatively benign Lithium-ion battery. This 3.8 V, 1960 mAh battery is rated for a capacity of 7.45 Wh—a notable increase from the 6.55 Wh battery in last year's model.

  • Apple claims that this upgraded cell will provide up to 14 hours of 3G talk time, 14 hours of Wi-Fi internet browsing, and 10 days of standby.

    • While the improved battery life is great, we're more excited about the fact that this battery keeps its replacement-friendly pull tabs—and that it hasn't blown up on us.

Hi there, any possibility this new battery can be squeezed into the iPhone 6 or 6S? More specifically, is the flex connector compatible with either of these models (or one or the other), similarly to how the iPhone 5S battery would also work in an iPhone 5C?? Thanks!

Justin Stewart - Reply

Image 1/3: Waterproofing alert! The speaker's output duct fits over a rubber speaker grille gasket for an added layer of ingress protection. Image 2/3: This design is nigh identical to the one we unearthed [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+7+Plus+Teardown/67384#s136492|in the iPhone 7 Plus|new_window=true] a couple hours ago. Image 3/3: The duct ''also'' has a fine mesh—in case the speaker grille doesn't do its water-blocking job.
  • The iPhone 7 speaker ships with a leash stick-on Wi-Fi diversity antenna that connects to the logic board.

  • Waterproofing alert! The speaker's output duct fits over a rubber speaker grille gasket for an added layer of ingress protection.

  • The duct also has a fine mesh—in case the speaker grille doesn't do its water-blocking job.

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Image 1/2: ...but really it's just one more defense against the inevitable [https://giphy.com/gifs/phone-oops-toilet-rhMFMA4H5dl8Q|toilet tumble.|new_window=true] Image 2/2: And for extra credit, Apple added a rubber gasket around the SIM tray, too!
  • This seems less like a SIM eject hole and more like a Rube Goldberg machine. The SIM eject tool pushes on a plastic pin, that pushes a metal pin, which in turn, ejects the SIM tray.

  • ...but really it's just one more defense against the inevitable toilet tumble.

  • And for extra credit, Apple added a rubber gasket around the SIM tray, too!

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Image 1/2: But not before we do a quick side-by-side comparison with the iPhone 7 Plus logic board. The standard 7 and 7 Plus logic boards are surprisingly similar, despite the noticeable difference in housing size. Image 2/2: If you look closely, you'll see minor differences in connector sizes and locations, post holes, and screw locations.
  • We quickly remove the logic board to take a closer look at some silicon.

  • But not before we do a quick side-by-side comparison with the iPhone 7 Plus logic board. The standard 7 and 7 Plus logic boards are surprisingly similar, despite the noticeable difference in housing size.

  • If you look closely, you'll see minor differences in connector sizes and locations, post holes, and screw locations.

    • While it is clear Apple didn't reinvent the wheel here, they did need to make some accommodations for the demands of the iPhone 7 Plus hardware on the board.

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Image 1/1: Apple A10 Fusion APL1W24 SoC + Samsung 2 GB LPDDR4 RAM (as denoted by the markings K3RG1G10CM-YGCH)
  • It wouldn't be a teardown without a ton of silicon! Here's what we uncover on the logic board:

    • Apple A10 Fusion APL1W24 SoC + Samsung 2 GB LPDDR4 RAM (as denoted by the markings K3RG1G10CM-YGCH)

    • Qualcomm MDM9645M LTE Cat. 12 Modem

    • Skyworks 78100-20

    • Avago AFEM-8065 Power Amplifier Module

    • Avago AFEM-8055 Power Amplifier Module

What is that chip under the yellow and green? It's bigger on the plus.

ETHREAL1 - Reply

What is that chip right side from blue box, marking UA631?

Sejong - Reply

what's the function of skyworks 78100-20?

WONMO - Reply

What is the dimensions of the board in comparison to 6

Hmil2017 - Reply

Image 1/1: SK Hynix [https://www.skhynix.com/static/filedata/fileDownload.do?seq=332|H23QEG8VG2ACS|new_window=true] 32 GB Flash
  • And on the flip side:

    • SK Hynix H23QEG8VG2ACS 32 GB Flash

    • Murata 339S00199 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Module

    • NXP 67V04 NFC Controller

    • Dialog 338S00225 Power Management IC

    • Qualcomm PMD9645 Power Management IC

    • Qualcomm WTR4905 Multimode LTE Transceiver

    • Qualcomm WTR3925 RF Transceiver

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Image 1/1: Bosch Sensortec [https://www.bosch-sensortec.com/bst/products/all_products/bmp280|BMP280|new_window=true] Barometric Pressure Sensor
  • Even more chips:

    • Bosch Sensortec BMP280 Barometric Pressure Sensor

    • Apple/Cirrus Logic 338S00105 Audio Codec

    • Cirrus Logic 338S00220 Audio Amplifier(x2)

    • Lattice Semiconductor ICE5LP4K

    • Skyworks 13702-20 Diversity Receive Module

    • Skyworks 13703-21 Diversity Receive Module

    • Skyworks 77363-1

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Image 1/2: Avago LFI626 200157 Image 2/2: NXP 610A38
  • Just a few ICs remain:

    • Avago LFI626 200157

    • NXP 610A38

    • TDK EPCOS D5315

    • Texas Instruments 62W8C7P

    • Texas Instruments 65730A0P Power Management IC

  • We'd like to extend a hearty thanks to Chipworks for their IC identification expertise. Head on over to their teardown page for an in-depth analysis of the iPhone 7 control hardware.

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Image 1/3: Or can we!? Prying up the light adhesive went well, but our first tug was in vain. There are some extra screws in this port! Image 2/3: It seems like Apple has taken our [http://ifixit.org/blog/8242/headphone-jack-iphone/|new_window=true|warning] to heart. Without a headphone jack to bear the burden of audio connections, this port will get a lot more wear, and it's been well reinforced. Image 3/3: Other denizens of the Lightning cable (a.k.a. the "everything cable"): an antenna, two microphones, two speaker grille plugs, and oh yeah...the Lightning port.
  • Now that the logic board is out, we're free to pick out the Lightning connector assembly.

  • Or can we!? Prying up the light adhesive went well, but our first tug was in vain. There are some extra screws in this port!

  • It seems like Apple has taken our warning to heart. Without a headphone jack to bear the burden of audio connections, this port will get a lot more wear, and it's been well reinforced.

  • Other denizens of the Lightning cable (a.k.a. the "everything cable"): an antenna, two microphones, two speaker grille plugs, and oh yeah...the Lightning port.

Is it correct to say, that these two golden recantgular things in the middle photo are the two microphones? Is it further correct to say, that they receive their sound through the two most inner holes? If so, I need to tweak my reused iPhone 6 bumper, because it covers one of the two inner holes.... Thanx!

Stefan Hitzke - Reply

nope it is not

whatwouldiknow - Reply

The mics are the two golden rectangles to each side of the lightening port in the second image.

Owen M - Reply

Image 1/2: Also, a spidery mess of button cables. They're thin and fragile and tricky to remove intact, but they also snuggle up to a lot of waterproofed components. So hopefully this dangly assembly you see here won't be coming out all that often. Image 2/2: Also, a spidery mess of button cables. They're thin and fragile and tricky to remove intact, but they also snuggle up to a lot of waterproofed components. So hopefully this dangly assembly you see here won't be coming out all that often.
  • Scraping the bottom of the barrel phone case, we snag an antenna flex cable.

  • Also, a spidery mess of button cables. They're thin and fragile and tricky to remove intact, but they also snuggle up to a lot of waterproofed components. So hopefully this dangly assembly you see here won't be coming out all that often.

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Image 1/3: Our persistent tugging with some tweezers rewards us with a broken retaining flap, but this button cover still won't come quietly. Image 2/3: Next out is this weird c-clip looking thing. Image 3/3: And the button ''finally'' comes off! With two tiny gaskets! Apple is serious about this waterproofing business.
  • With the rear case nearly stripped, we turn our attention to the volume buttons that gave us some trouble in the 7 Plus.

  • Our persistent tugging with some tweezers rewards us with a broken retaining flap, but this button cover still won't come quietly.

  • Next out is this weird c-clip looking thing.

  • And the button finally comes off! With two tiny gaskets! Apple is serious about this waterproofing business.

  • This three-part mechanism is much more difficult to disassemble than the button covers we are used to seeing in iDevices, but hopefully the seal it provides means this removal procedure will be needed less frequently.

iDevices is a brand name of smarthome stuff (like switches and bulbs), I'm assuming you were referring to iOS hardware.

andrew - Reply

Image 1/3: After some peeling, we free the earpiece speaker and an all-new 7 MP FaceTime HD camera with deep trench isolation and auto image stabilization. Image 2/3: This is quite the upgrade from the 5MP [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+6s+Teardown/48170#s107870|FaceTime camera] in the 6s. Image 3/3: The earpiece speaker is no slouch either, having been upgraded to serve as a second loudspeaker for legit stereo sound.
  • Returning to the display assembly, we still have several updated bits of tech to investigate.

  • After some peeling, we free the earpiece speaker and an all-new 7 MP FaceTime HD camera with deep trench isolation and auto image stabilization.

    • This is quite the upgrade from the 5MP FaceTime camera in the 6s.

    • The earpiece speaker is no slouch either, having been upgraded to serve as a second loudspeaker for legit stereo sound.

  • We also pluck out the solid state mini touch sensor—er, home "button."

The earpiece speaker interests me a lot, according to Apple, the sound is twice louder than before and so called legit stereo sound is available now. So can we have a closer look at that tiny tiny earpiece speaker? Dose it have more space or different design?

ppodxiang - Reply

from the reality, the top speaker is less louder than the main one. hope it can be verified

Henry Xu - Reply

Yes, the main speaker is much louder, checked with some Youtube videos (searching "stereo test left right"). In fact, the frequency range of the ear one is shorter than the main one.

Julian -

The gasket underneath my home button has popped up through the home button. The Genius Bar folks have no idea how that possibly happened. It's under warranty so no problem, but just so you know that it may happen to people in the future.

alexluevano2 - Reply

@alexluevano2 my gasket has also popped out from dropping the iPhone. Any clue how to fix it? Or is my only hope to go to a Genius Bar to replace the phone?? Thanks

Hayley Fernandes - Reply

Image 1/2: Thanks for sticking with us for this marathon of a teardown session! If you missed the [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone+7+Plus+Teardown/67384|new_window=true|iPhone 7 Plus] or [https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple+Watch+Series+2+Teardown/67385|new_window=true|Apple Watch Series 2] teardowns, check 'em out. Image 2/2: Thanks once again to our gracious hosts in Tokyo, Nikkei Technology! 皆さん、おやすみなさい!Good night, everyone!
  • That's a wrap folks! Well, an unwrap.

  • Thanks once again to our gracious hosts in Tokyo, Nikkei Technology! 皆さん、おやすみなさい!Good night, everyone!

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Final Thoughts
  • The battery is straightforward to access. Removing it requires specialty screwdrivers and knowledge of the adhesive removal technique, but is not difficult.
  • The solid state home button eliminates a common point of failure.
  • Improved water and dust protection greatly reduces the need for repairs associated with environmental damage and accidental spills (but also makes some repairs more difficult).
  • The display assembly continues to be the first component out, simplifying screen repairs, but the procedure has grown more complicated with improved waterproofing measures.
  • With the addition of tri-point screws, many iPhone 7 repairs will require up to four different types of drivers.
Repairability Score
7
Repairability 7 out of 10
(10 is easiest to repair)

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1960 mAh is a lot more than 1715 of 6s!

Marco Tini - Reply

it is actually.

ANIL AKBULUT -

Do they use Tri-point screws on the LCD connector plate?

Kyle - Reply

Yes, and the top connector plate.

Gigabit878 -

looks like cracking the seal to repair something will cause a loss of waterproof qualities:( Im sure that'll hurt repairability

Ricky H - Reply

That is correct, Apple sells this adhesive/gasket to its AASP and all Apple stores will have them. I'm sure you can find it from 3rd party part suppliers, but it isn't going to be guaranteed as you need an iPhone press to press the screen back on correctly so that the adhesive sticks. Also, doing any repair not performed by Apple will likely cause issues with waterproofing as well.

Alec -

&&^&!!!!!!!!

sese2610 - Reply

taptic engine...

Luca - Reply

Wow. Awesome tear down guys! Now that your neck deep into the rabbit hole, let's see u put it back together and not end up with extra strings of sticky glue .... ;-P

Eric Garcia - Reply

Smiles! Funny you

Starry Harry Larry -

Could anyone please label the functions of those chips for us

Starry Harry Larry -

No mention of gasket on the screen assembly, nor any teardown of parts attached to the back of the screen assembly. What about the new "solid state" home button?

William Black - Reply

Which model?? Good to see Qualcomm Modem and not Intel

shreyassv123 - Reply

makes no difference what brand the modem is.. both modems are locked to Cat 10 features and speeds. The qualcom is artificially limited to match intel's specs as reported by the dude in dubia who lives near a cat12 cell twoer.

Jason Elmore -

That's true, Qualcomm modem is Cat 12, capable of 650 Mbps down link speed, and looks like its limited/downgraded artificially to be on par with Intel's inferior modem which is Cat 10 (450 Mbps)

shreyassv123 -

PLEASE, crack the 3.5mm to Lightning dongle already! Is there a DAC?

Svetoslav Agafonkin - Reply

Cirrus Logic DAC; too bad Apple didn't opt for an ESS Sabre DAC and bump up the audio quality.

bcmink -

@bcmink - picture or it didn't happen.

Svetoslav Agafonkin -

I second this. I realize the iFixit crew is probably exhausted after this marathon, but the world would *really* like to see what's inside the Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter.

@bcmink Why would ESS Sabre necessarily be better than the custom Wolfson / Cirrus Logic chips Apple tends to use (and do they make something that sounds better AND would fit inside a lightning connector)? The audio output design of the iPhone 6 was already pretty darn good: http://www.kenrockwell.com/apple/iphone-...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8554/the-i...

repoman27 -

I third this! I can't believe it wasn't the first thing they tore into. They found 3 amps on the logic board, which strongly suggests that Apple is sending an analogue signal output through Lightning, and the adapter is just a port connector adapter, not a signal converter. That would be HUGE -- a major reversal of Apple's MFi policies over the last 4 years. Suddenly Apple is not giving us an inexpensive external DAC adapter, but a ridiculously expensive port adapter.

I've got a Headphone adapter sitting here since Thursday. The only reason I haven't torn into mine is because I thought it would have happened somewhere online by now. If I had known I would have started my own blog last week and done it myself!

Mac 128 -

What I don't understand is how these phones are getting a 7/10 instead of around a 4 - 5/10 for repairability. To recap, Apple have added another set of proprietary screws, more glue (reasonable in this situation, but still), several new fragile/complex components, and the waterproofing gaskets add a tremendous amount of finesse-ing required for a true repair. Yet, we've got 7/10. The Nexus 5X has 14 steps and only one complaint, which is debatable as a complaint in the first place, and it too has a 7 out of 10. Unlike these phones, it deserves its rating. Probably deserves an 8 or a 9, considering the ease of teardown/repair compared to these iDevices. There are other notable examples of phones rated worse, yet easier to repair on this site - like past iPhones! What's the justification, iFixit? Have you adjusted your metric? If so, how about adjusting your teardown scores? People actually use them as an indicator, and it's no longer accurate.

Ocean - Reply

I questioned the score, as well. I recently repaired the screen of a Nexus 6p (score 2) and it was far simpler than this looked. There seems to be some inconsistencies in the scaling.

Phone Person -

I was thinking this. Looks incredibly intricate and difficult, requires lots of specialised tools, and won't be as water-resistant if repaired by a third party for now at least. Deserves a 5 at most but really a 3-4.

Simon Metcalf -

I would love for iFixit to actually describe what the component on the logic board are for. I mean you're literally spitting number series that nobody understand.

Augure - Reply

I think iFixit is doing great in identifying the parts there but it is Apple who should share the information on the components so they can be repaired and replaced.

Mark Schaffer -

I'm hoping to install a glowing logo from the 6S+ onto an ip7+. Did you see any contact points that I can attach to on the ribbon that you removed? I don't see any on your photos BUT they might've been covered by tape (as Apple has done in the past).

thazsar - Reply

What is iPhone 7 physical sensor size. in inches. Is it larger than the Iphone 7plus Thanks

Darrell - Reply

So Broken screen means, broken home button aswell.. also replacement will be heavy on pocket and will be left with out finger print sensor!! Am i right?? any lights??

johnsonkoikal - Reply

The home button is actually separate from the screen. It must be transferred to a new screen to keep the fingerprints.

Damon -

Are there Water Indicators?

Hans - Reply

Does this mean that the NXP 67V04 NFC controllers for the Japan iPhones (with FeliCa support) and the U.S. iPhones are identical? I'm hoping that Apple will eventually allow foreigners visiting Japan to use Suica with their iPhones.

brandonlam - Reply

What is a "solid state" home button, and how is it different from the 6s button?

Can you also confirm that the iPhone 7 no longer uses sapphire in any of the components? A scratch test with different Mohs scale mineral picks on a YouTube channel (JerryRigEverything) showed that both the home button and the camera cover scratch with a pick of hardness 6. Quartz has hardness 7, so that will mean that any sand in your pocket will not only leave scratches on the aluminium body but on the camera and home button as well.

I recon Apple is winding down its large-scale sapphire production experiment.

Willem - Reply

The solid state button doesn't move at all, it is simply a solid touch sensor, there is no "click" as in the 6s series phones. The sensation of the "click" is produced by haptic feedback from the Taptic Engine. No sapphire testing as yet.

Sam Lionheart -

One question about 3D touch sensing compare to 6S. How's 3D touch supporting components such as 3D touch sensing chip and capacitor plate?

DJ coyotekr - Reply

Rumours says home button stop working after screen replacement. And without it you can't activated the phone

tonysharro - Reply

I never understand why it takes so long for folks to figure out the accelerometers / gyros... It's nice to see that others have already identified the InvenSense 773C but I wish iFixit had figured it out first. Is this a living document? Will additional chips and information be added as the rest of the world figures it out? BTW, I think it would be interesting to know if InvenSense supplies the microphone(s) too; they've been doing a lot of work to create an integrated portfolio of sensors... Great teardown guys! Thank you for doing this year after year!

Here's a link to the info on the accelerometer: http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.as...

Bob Powers - Reply

Answered my own question by looking closer at that article. Regarding which microphones are used: "one from STMicroelectronics, two from Knowles, and one from Goertek"

Bob Powers -

Hi, I'm curious to know if is possible mount the camera module of iphone 7 on iphone 6s?

Fabio C - Reply

I'm also really curious about it back and forth cameras and if it has interchangeable battery.

Tony Moon -

Is the antenna stronger on the 7 than it is on the 6s? I've had some service quality issues with my 6s that I didn't have with my 5 and according to comments on the apple site it was due to a decrease in antenna size.

Cindi Boghosian - Reply

Is it possible to lay the old headphone jack over the baffle to see it it can be modified to add a headphone jack back? That would be an interesting project.

fastm3driver - Reply

Hi, I am FLUX. Thanks for the early post.

FLUX Company - Reply

I wonder if all that glue around the rims of the casing during the initial opening was for waterproofing? If yes, wouldn't opening the phone screw up all the brag about the water resistance?

Ben Pua - Reply

If the home-button is to be pushed outwards to get it out, how is it held in place when mounted?

Daniel Hannestad - Reply

@Daniel. There is a plate directly behind the home button with a wing tip screw that goes through the plate and into the back of the button

jdc0120 - Reply

Hi, is the iPhone 7 has 2 speakers or just the second one above is using the calling speaker?

fox13man - Reply

The Sapphire screen that covers the 2 iPhone 7 camera lenses broke on my iPhone 7 plus. I had a cover on but the lens bulge is partially exposed and must have hit something sharp. It's a 3mm crack and a small piece of the glass a had fallen back into the camera casing. The screen looks like it can be replaced but I'm not sure if and where I could get replacement parts. Any suggestions ? :-(

wkk8984 - Reply

Those man hands take a lot away from the beautiful guides

Alex Kusmierz - Reply

could you provide a link for the LCD screwdriver ? not the housing ,, i mean the tri screw on the back metal plate of the LCD.

thanks

Abdelfattah - Reply

So my wife broke the glass on the rear facing camera! How hard would it be to replace this? And do they sell the glass? Thanks

moparman198 - Reply

Whats size for the earpiece bracket holder screws?

Allen Lee - Reply

how many microphones in iphone 7

yaowen bai - Reply

I'm wondering the model number of the panel that iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus uses?

Eason Lin - Reply

iPhone 6 put new battery in phone now not charging up at al but saying is changing

ant2101 - Reply

Did my first Iphone 7 display swap today, mind that you often cant use the suction cup if the screen is cracked. Thin metal spatulas is the best. I did bought a thin strong spatula from ifixit.com several years ago, its now broken and the ones they are selling now is not strong and not thin.

Another tip is to be very careful with the home button flex, DO NOT HEAT because it make the flex more sensitive. Be also careful when peeling the front camera flex, use plastic tools.

peter - Reply

For when some full tutorial how to replace housing with all screw sizes?

Wilson Santos - Reply

I recently dropped my iphone7 and I got a dent inward on my earpiece speaker grill. Is it repairable or probably it can be replace ?

Firman Muhtadi Susena - Reply

what an artwork!

Zhan Can - Reply

Wht bit to use for motherboard main screws.

asadbaigs - Reply

Guys, are you paid by Apple? Android phones that have almost identical teardown process (and without using pentalobes) get lower repairability marks than iPhones. Why?

jorgehpm - Reply

does the i7 have the w1 chip or is it just the w1 chip specific headphones

javier banda - Reply

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