The iPhone 7 Plus is the 2016 refresh of Apple’s plus-sized iPhone. The new iPhone offers essentially the same outward look as its predecessor, but offers upgraded cameras, a more powerful processor, and improved battery life. iPhone 7 Plus is also water resistant like its more compact sibling the iPhone 7.
Where to Buy iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus Key Specs & Features
- 5.5-inch IPS Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi)
- Apple A10 Fusion Chipset with 3GB RAM
- iOS 10
- Water Resistant & Dustproof
- 32GB, 128GB, or 256GB Built-in Storage
- 12MP Rear Camera and 7MP Front Camera
- 4G LTE (up to 450 Mbps download)
- Fingerprint Sensor (Front)
- 2900 mAh Li-ion Battery
The iPhone 7 Plus comes in a similar metal-shell as the iPhone 6S Plus. The biggest change in design is perhaps the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack used for plugging earphones. The phone however ships with a lightning connector to audio jack adapter that will enable you connect normal earbuds to your phone via the lightning port.
That said, the iPhone 7 Plus will come with an earbud that has a lightning connector rather than the normal 3.5mm plug. Apple is also offering wireless earbuds called AirPods for $159.
You can buy the iPhone 7 Plus in six colour options. The Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold options will now be joined by the Black, Jet Black, and Red options while the Space Gray option is being retired.
Apple made the iPhone 7 Plus water tight. The smartphone can survive in up to 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes. It is IP67 certified and can survive water slash, rain, and even a dive in your toilet.
The home button is no-longer a physical button. There is still a home button, but it is not mechanical and relies on taptic feedback instead.
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iPhone 7 Plus offers the same display as the iPhone 6S Plus. It comes with a 5.5-inch IPS Display with 1080 x 1920 pixels. However, Apple claims the new display is 25% brighter and offers a wide colour gamut.
Aside the dropping of the 3.5mm audio jack and introduction of water resistance, camera upgrades are perhaps the other outstanding feature in the iPhone 7 Plus.
It features two 12 megapixels cameras on the back. One is the same wide-angle 12 megapixels camera just like the one found on the iPhone 7, while the other is a 12 megapixels telephoto camera. The two cameras work together to deliver 2x optical optical zoom.
The camera offers 6 element lens, Optical Image Stabilisation, and a larger f/1.8 aperture that allows up to 50% more light to hit the camera sensor leading to better photos in low light environment.
iPhone 7 Plus is also getting an upgraded front camera. The FaceTime camera is getting an upgrade from 5 megapixels to 7 megapixels. iPhone 7 Plus will also offers Retina Flash, which using the light on the screen as flash for selfies.
Hardware and Software
iPhone 7 Plus is coming with a new more powerful processor. The Apple A10 Fusion chipset offers four cores and according to Apple is 40% faster than the A9 chipset in the iPhone 6S Plus and twice faster than the A8 chipset in the iPhone 6 Plus. It also offers 3GB RAM, which should improve multitasking experience.
iPhone 7 Plus runs on iOS 10 out of the box and is available with 32GB, 128GB, or 256GB built-in storage. The 16GB model has been dropped. It supports download speeds of up to 450 Mbps via 4G LTE.
iPhone 7 Plus comes with slightly more battery life. This results in improved battery life for internet use with up to 15 hours on Wi-Fi and up to 13 hours on 4G LTE. Talktime stands at up to 21 hours.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 7 Plus launched initially in 28 countries including United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom on September 16, though preorders opened on September 9 and by the end of 2016, the phone has launched in over 130 countries. iPhone 7 Plus is available in 32GB, 128GB or 256GB models at $769, $869, and $969 respectively.
The iPhone 7 Plus is available in Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya. You can buy the smartphone at Africa’s leading Online Store, Jumia. iPhone 7 Plus Price in Nigeria ranges from 260,000 Naira to 450,000 Naira, depending on your location and built-in storage.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus Specs
Here are a few specs of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus:
- Platform: iOS 10
- Processor: Apple A10 Fusion
- GPU: 6-core Graphics
- Memory: 3GB RAM
- Colours: Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
- Dimension: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
- Weight: 188 g
- SIM Type: Nano SIM
- SIM Count: Single SIM
- Display: 5.5-inch IPS Touch Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi)
- Screen Protection: Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
- Rear Camera: Dual 12MP Camera, 2160p ultra HD 4K Video
- Rear Camera Features: phase detection autofocus, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama), OIS, 2x Optical Zoom
- Front Camera: 7MP Camera, 1080p HD Video, HDR, Panaroma
- Built-in Storage: 32GB, 128GB, or 256GB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: Yes
- 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
- 3G WCDMA: Yes
- 3G CDMA EVDO: Yes
- 4G LTE: Yes
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: Yes
- 4G LTE: Yes, up to 450 Mbps
- WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, LE
- NFC: Yes, (Apply Pay only)
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: Yes USB 2.0, Reversible Connector
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: No (supports a lightning connector to 3.5mm jack adapter or wireless AirPods)
- Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
- Maps: Apple Maps
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: Yes
- SpO2: No
- Pedometer: No
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
- Wireless Charging: No
- Built-in Mobile Payment: Yes, Apple Pay
- Water Resistant: Yes, IP67 (Water resistant in up to 1 meter or water for up to 30 minutes)
- Dust Resistant: Yes
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: No
- Document Editor: Yes
- Battery: –
- Talktime: up to 21 hours (3G)
- Standby Time: up to 384 hours (3G)