September 2016 Apple revealed its latest iPhones: Theand the . Both have new body designs. Both shed the analog headphone jack. And both come in a variety of colors, including two new black finishes (one matte, one glossy). So which one should you buy?
Here’s what’s different: The iPhone 7 Plus gets you a bigger screen, a second rear camera and slightly better battery life. If these features don’t pique your interest, then the smaller iPhone 7 is likely a better option for you. Shutterbugs and those who value larger screens will probably prefer the iPhone 7 Plus.
Camera: Both new iPhones have the same 12-megapixel wide angle camera. But the iPhone 7 Plus has a second 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens.
This allows you to get sharper images of subjects that are farther away, and you can also slide your finger across the screen to zoom in up to 10X. (The iPhone 7 only has a 5X digital zoom.) Low-light performance should be the same for both phones.
Size: Like last year’s models, the iPhone 7 Plus is larger than the iPhone 7. Apple claims that both screens are 25 percent brighter than last generation’s iPhones.
Battery: Apple estimates that the iPhone 7 Plus gets slightly better battery life than the iPhone 7 — about two or three hours depending on how you use it. And both phones are said to last a little longer than last year’s models.
Price: The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have three storage capacities. So, no matter which phone you choose, the Plus will always cost more than each iPhone 7 model.
Still haven’t made up your mind? Once we get a chance to fully review both phones, we’ll know for sure just how significant these differences are — and which one we’d recommend most. Until then, know that Super Mario Run will work on both!
Drill down for more specs in the chart below.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus specs
|Apple iPhone 7||Apple iPhone 7 Plus|
|Display size, resolution||4.7-inch; 1334×750 pixels||5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||326 ppi||401 ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||5.44×2.64×0.28-inches||6.23x 3.07×0.29-inches|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||138.3×67.1×7.1 mm||158.2×77.9×7.3 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||4.87 oz; 138 g||6.63 oz; 188 g|
|Mobile software||Apple iOS 10||Apple iOS 10|
|Camera(s)||12-megapixel (wide)||12-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (wide)|
|Processor||Apple A10 chip (64-bit)||Apple A10 chip (64-bit)|
|Storage||32GB, 128GB, 256GB||32GB, 128GB, 256GB|
|Battery||14 hour talk time on 3G, 10 days standby, 12 hours internet use on LTE||21 hours talk time on 3G, 16 days standby, 13 hours internet use LTE|
|Fingerprint sensor||Home button||Home button|
|Analog Audio Jack||None||None|
|Special features||Water and dust-resistant, Taptic Home button||Water and dust-resistant, Taptic Home button, dual rear cameras, up to 10x camera zoom, Depth of Field mode|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$649 (32GB); $749 (128GB); $849 (256GB)||$769 (32GB); $869 (128GB); $969 (256GB)|
|Price (GBP)||£599 (32GB); £699 (128GB); £799 (256GB)||£719 (32GB); £819 (128GB); £919 (256GB)|
|Price (AUD)||AU$1079 (32GB), AU$1229 (128GB), AU$1379 (256GB||AU$1269 (32GB); AU$1419 (128GB); AU$1569 (256GB)|