While iFixit has published its teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus, we now look to Chipworks for its teardown of the iPhone 7. Just as we mentioned with the larger model, Apple keeps certain iPhone specifications close to its chest. These include the amount of RAM and the battery capacity – and these have been revealed by the teardown.
The Chipworks iPhone 7 teardown is still ongoing, however, it has published details on the RAM module and battery capacity of the smartphone, apart from details on various other chips on board.
The teardown reveals that the iPhone 7 sports 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM, manufactured by Samsung. To recall, the iFixit teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus revealed a Samsung-made 3GB LPDDR4 RAM module.
As for the battery capacity, the teardown found the iPhone 7 sports a 1960mAh battery, which is significantly larger than the 1715mAh battery found on the iPhone 6s, and marginally larger than the 1810mAh battery found on the iPhone 6.
Just to put that in perspective, the iFixit teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus revealed the smartphone bears a 2900mAh battery. That’s significantly larger than the 2715mAh battery in the iPhone 6s Plus, but slightly smaller than the 2915mAh battery on the iPhone 6 Plus.
The Chipworks teardown of the iPhone 7 also found two separate suppliers for storage – both SK Hynix and Toshiba produce 128GB storage chips for the iPhone 7. This matches iFixit’s teardown, which found a Toshiba-made 128GB storage ship on board the iPhone 7 Plus. Chipworks also found a Intel PMB9943 Baseband Processor onboard, thought to be the Intel XMM7360 modem that has been rumoured for a while. This is a significant difference from the iPhone 7 Plus, or at least the unit that iFixit had torn down, which was found to sport a Qualcomm MDM9465M modem.
Chipworks’ teardowns concentrate on the components of the device, unlike iFixit, which also looks at build and repairability. We’ll thus have to wait for iFixit’s teardown of the iPhone 7 before we learn about these facets.
Taking forward iFixit iPhone 7 Plus teardown’s findings however, we can expect Apple to have used similar dust and water protection techniques on the iPhone 7, including rubber gaskets for the Lightning connector and SIM tray. We’ll have to wait and see to confirm however.